This off beat movie, a 2007 Golden Globe-winning, Academy Award-nominated film is directed by Sean Penn and stars Emile Hirsch, Jena Malone, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt and Catherine Keener. It is almost shot like a documentary, and based on the book written by Jon Krauker.
You can find the synopses here.
Into the wild is a tragic, heart breaking true story based on the adventurous life of Christopher McCandless, a brilliant young strong willed fearless man, scarred by childhood memories of domestic violence in a dysfunctional materialistic American family.
* Self clicked pic of Chris from his wiki.
Chris was a straight As student, strongly influenced by the likes of Jack London, Leo Tolstoy and Henry David Thoreau, who gave it all up in the classic way of the ascetic donating his savings and burning whatever money he had left, began traveling, using the alias “Alexander Supertramp”. He traveled all over America, He dreamed about leaving society for a Thoreau-like period of solitary contemplation in the Alaskan wilderness.
There is this invincibility in youth- a lack of fear, a certain unexplainable arrogance, a belief that you can never be harmed, beat overwhelming odds. One can see it in Chris and why his “Alaskan Odyssey” where he would live off the land, far away from civilization, failed horribly , due to his unpreparedness and lack of experience tragically leading to his death due to starvation. I agree with the Park Ranger’s analysis.
I had tears when i saw this movie, as i could directly relate to him due to certain events in my life.
Rating 9.9 out of 10.
This is a must see movie , especially if ur into trekking and going into the wild. I expect this one to go into and is rated 126 in the imdb top 250 chart.The American Film Institute listed the film as an AFI Movie of the Year, 2007