A young man leaves his middle class existence for a life a adventure in the North American wilderness. His journey takes him to Alaska, where he must fight to survive in the harsh environment.
Wow, this film touched me, I'm still thinking about it days later. It's is based on Chris McCandless's life and the journey he took. Chris McCandless touched many lives on his travel to Alaska and he also touched mine to even though it was through the film. I would have loved to have met him. RIP x
Cinema often tackles the subject of white picket suburbia and the mundanity of the conventional lifestyle, but rarely so refreshing and inspiring as Sean Penn's miniature masterpiece, Into The Wild. Christopher Mcandless whose life has represented the quiet, reserved and politically ambiguous middle class feels he warrants a greater significance in life. Leaving his family and friends for a journey of self-discovery and realisation, he donates his fund money to Oxfam and encounters people on the fringe who will shape and redefine his perspective as he enters the wild.
The hero in our film doesn't conform to the security of a career, but instead opts to embrace the wild. Technically the film captures the essence of nature's natural beauty but also the terror of it. The cinematography draws from a wide palette of shots in conveying a beautiful, poetic, frequently dangerous but ultimately serene natural landscape which opposes the restrictions of suburbia.
If at times, the films enters the murky realm of pretension it is at no fault of any of the filmmakers, as its source material: the story of Christopher Mcandless's endeavour is essentially that of a existential, primal philosophy which at times evokes the question to its spectator, do we like our protagonist as he has abandoned his family, for a largely selfish act. Although ethical notions aside, Emile Hirsch whilst not establishing himself as a premier talent does channel the spirit and youthful charm and wonder of the character. An observation most realised with a heart-warming encounter with an elderly man who for him Christopher reignites the passion for life he has neglected for so long.
So refreshing was it to see a film, which affirms life, doesn't pander to the populist desire for high concept and truly inspires the spectator to grab life by the horns and not let go. A seductive and spellbinding masterpiece by the multi-talented Sean Penn.
"Into the Wild" surpassed my expectations. It is tells the story of Chris McCandless, a well-to-do university graduate who, frustrated with modern life and all of its hypocrisies, takes of into the wilds of America, eventually to Alaska, where he died. The film is based off the best-selling book of the same title, itself inspired by real-life and the real McCandless. Before watching it I was afraid that it was going to make the naive young man at its heart a hero. And at the beginning I was frustrated by the lack of focus on Chris and his journey - it features a voice-over narration from his younger sister and numerous flashbacks (actually within flashbacks, as we first see Chris in Alaska in the days leading up to his death, and much of the film is spent catching up to this point) explaining why he was so frustrated. However, having accepted that "Into the Wild" was not the film I wanted it to be, but was its own film, and having been won over by the beautiful landscapes of Chris"s journey, I found it very moving. Central to this sea-change of mind was that the film slowly but surely morphed from celebrating / hailing Chris, righteous martyr in a troubled world, into a real tragedy. It became tragic by building meaning into Chris"s life, not through his own character that I did not find particularly likeable, but through the emotional investments of those he encounters - his sister"s longings for his return, his parents learning to love each other in the grief of having lost him, the old man who he inspires to live again and who wants to adopt him, and many more. "Into the Wild" is moving not so much because of the audience"s loss of Chris, but because of our insight into the losses of the films other characters. Despite my scepticism, I think that this is definitely one the best films of 2007 - highly recommended.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, 22-year-old Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) instead walked out on his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an emerging symbol for countless people. Was Christopher a heroic adventurer or a naive idealist, a rebelious 1990's Thoreau or another lost American son, a fearless risk-taker or a tragic figure who wrestled with the precious balance between man and nature? McCandless' quest took him from the wheat fields of South Dakota to a renegade trip down the Colorado River to the non-conformists' refuge of Slab City, California, and beyond. Along the way, he encountered a series of colorful characters at the very edges of American society who shaped his understanding of life and whose lives he, in turn, changed. In the end, he tested himself by heading alone into the wilds of the great North, where everything he had seen and learned and felt came to a head in ways he never could have expected. Adapted by Jon Krakauer's acclaimed bestseller Into The Wild. Actors: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, Catherine Keener Directors: Sean Penn Language: English Subtitles: Finnish Number of discs: 1
Drama based on the true story of Christopher McCandless, a young man who left his middle class existence to live in the Alaskan wilderness. Giving up his home, family, and all possessions bar the few he carries on his back, McCandless (Emile Hirsch) embarks on a journey through America. His ultimate goal is to reach the wilds of Alaska, to spend time with untamed nature, away from the obligations and relationships of the modern world. In the months leading up to his 'Great Alaskan Adventure' his travels take him on a journey of self-discovery, where he learns to appreciate the world around him and to reflect on his troubled upbringing. When he reaches Alaska he finds he is ill prepared for the hardships to come. After making it through a tough winter he prepares to return home in spring, only to find the stream he crossed in the snow has become an impassable raging torrent and that he is trapped...