Based on Jon Krakauer’s best-selling book by the same name, Into the Wild, is about the adventures of Christopher McCandless. After graduating from college, McCandless (played by Emile Hirsch) donates his savings to OXFAM, tears up his social security and credit cards and begins his travels. He goes away, disappears, without informing his parents or his sister.
He travels different places in the US, ending up in the Alaskan wilderness to live off the land there. Along the way, he meets different people who he forms relationships with but eventually has to leave because his ultimate aim is a stint in the wilderness in Alaska. The movie goes back and forth in McCandless’ life, showing us the adventures he has and the problems he faces.
Into the Wild is not a fast paced movie but it’s never boring. In fact, the journey of this man, who rechristens himself Alexander Supertramp, is downright fascinating. Into the Wild is a movie about losing onself and cutting off from society, but also about finding what is really important. It is a very well-made movie and credit for that goes to the cast which does a superb job and to the director, Sean Penn.
I can’t wait to read the book now.