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Into The Wild

action & adventure, drama

This is the true story of Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch). Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, McCandless instead walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure.

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Fresh: Without diminishing the deep transcendentalist yearnings of its young hero, Into the Wild builds to a climax of profound human connectedness, profound human pain.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, October 5, 2007


- Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out, Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fresh: As Hirsch] struggles with the elements, his increasing frailty and the cinematography's increasing grandeur mesh in a way that's at once iconic and wrenching.

- Bob Mondello,, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews

5 stars

My Favourite Film of 2007. Watching this film is akin to a spiritual experience. Changed my life.

- smith44, Friday, February 5, 2010

2 stars

Strong central performance by Emile Hirsch does much to offset the difficulity of warming to the main character. It's fine to be a free spirit and have wanderlust but to do so while callously and willfully hurting your family, whatever their faults, is unconscionable.

- jjnxn, Sunday, November 22, 2009

4 stars

Into the Wild is a pretty damn good movie that was nothing I was expecting. Its like Jack Kerouac, Henry David Thoreau and J.D. Salinger all wrote a screenplay together. Sean Penn proves he's nearly as good a director as he is an actor and lines up an impressive and talented cast. Jena Malone's narration started grating on me but the Danish couple more than made up for it. Into the Wild meanders just as much as you'd expect a movie about a kid abandoning his worldly possessions to wander the country to. The photography is fantastic and for as much as this type of story normally sends me into yawning fits, it wasn't bad. Decent soundtrack, too...

- mjgildea, Saturday, October 10, 2009