Into The Wild

Into The Wild


A true story about a young man who leaves his middle class existence for a life of adventure in the North American wilderness. In 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless (Hirsch) abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska where he must fight to survive in the harsh environment. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

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Flicks Review

This very American story (with a suitably folky soundtrack by Pearl Jam's Eddie Veder) is universally accessible as a philosophical look at modern man's capacity for solitude.

In the minds of many, McCandless was a foolish young man who needlessly perished in the Alaskan wilderness. He was ill-prepared, had little wet-weather gear and not nearly enough food. Instead of a compass, he had a cheap road map. Quite simply, he was a fool. Well educated, well-raised, but a fool nonetheless.

The film deftly treads that fine line between sympathy for McCandless' intentions and disapproval at his decisions. While traveling into the wild might be an immensely appealing concept, it may be unwise to disappear from human contact, and he was cruel to shun his family.

That interesting debate is fuelled, as his travels progress, by a great cast of cameo appearances which include Vince Vaughan and Catherine Keener. But it's Hal Holbrook as an elderly retiree who leaves the most poignant impression.  

Into the Wild is a deeply moving account of one person's attempt to make sense of the modern world, and one you will not easily forget.

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BY Thomas lister

The pictures are awesome and the music is better. Give it a try and dive into a true story which will make you think about your life. Maybe not, but anyway great movie !

BY Brian1 superstar

Sorty, although based on fact, a little drawn out in parts. Never-the-less, a good movie. Agree with Flicks review below.
Life is nothing if it's not shared.

BY sarah wannabe

not a very good movie

The Press Reviews

  • BBC

    It can sometimes feel like the pit stops are too long and Penn has an annoying tendency to draw attention to the camera, but for every indulgence the journey remains compelling. McCandless is such a vivid and enigmatic character - a force of nature in himself - that his story grips you till the bitter end??? Full Review

  • With the whole of America as his backdrop, Penn pulls off his most ambitious movie yet. The result is a beautiful and thought-provoking road movie... Full Review

  • This is a serious, personal movie about what it is to be human, and what happens when we admire nature more than humanity: does it make us less than human, or do we fulfil and even transcend our humanity? There is food for thought and food for every kind of feeling in Sean Penn's outstanding film... Full Review

  • A complete change of pace for writer-director, Sean Penn. It's his warmest, most celebratory and most completely realized film and, though you might not guess it from the material, it is also arguably his most personal??? Full Review

  • In some ways, adapter-director Penn has made a lyrical youth-rebellion flick in the classic late '60s/early '70s mode, or at least something that will be interpreted as such by viewers who'll buy the ecstatic aspects of McCandless' odyssey. Others may find the character, portrayed by Emile Hirsch, annoyingly over-endowed with undergraduate self-righteousness, borrowed ideals and resentment toward (who else but) mom and dad... Full Review