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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well told story. Great soundtrack. Powerful acting.
Penn does a lovingly beautiful job in retelling Chris' story. The research by both author and film maker must have been difficult. Superb casting. But don't misunderstand our 'hero'. Hubris has spoiled many. Chris was certainly an angry, self-centered fellow, and hurt, but what good did his journey do? (Perhaps as another reminder for us.) It is only when he is facing...
Published on Dec 23 2007 by J. Stiller

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1.0 out of 5 stars An ugly look at our species' stupidity...
I read the novel years ago and, like all of Krakauer's work, it is more about the twisted interpretations of the novelist than it is about the people involved. Only Krakauer can twist stupidity into heroics and turn a self-absorbed spoiled brat into a heartfelt character that we are laugh and cry with. Where was Chris McCandless's concern for all those people that loved...
Published on Nov. 14 2008 by James Sifert


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well told story. Great soundtrack. Powerful acting., Dec 23 2007
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J. Stiller "Jim, the teacher-- Been Around" (Montreal, Quebec Canada) - See all my reviews
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Penn does a lovingly beautiful job in retelling Chris' story. The research by both author and film maker must have been difficult. Superb casting. But don't misunderstand our 'hero'. Hubris has spoiled many. Chris was certainly an angry, self-centered fellow, and hurt, but what good did his journey do? (Perhaps as another reminder for us.) It is only when he is facing death that his vision is clear. Is this what Tolstoy and other writers who Chris admired meant? He was a rebel, but what was his cause? Still, we certainly feel for him, and those lives he touched.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I read somewhere... how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong... but to feel strong, Oct. 25 2012
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Jamie MacDougall "Film/TV Addict" (Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Into the Wild [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Into the Wild follows the true-life story of Christopher McCandless, a bright young recent college graduate, who chooses to embark on a journey of self-discovery that ended in the wilds of Alaska. He removes himself from his family and society for a two-year trek across the country, meeting and touching the lives of many along the way.

The film is a powerful and unforgettable character study and often inspires serious debate on the actions of the main character. The courage and conviction he shows is countered with the selfishness of the pain that his actions no doubt caused his parents and sister by disappearing without a trace. But on this journey of self-discovery he learns more about life, himself and the world.

Emile Hirsch’s portrayal (and physical likeness) of Christopher McCandless is astounding. He embraces both the good and bad of the character as well as his wide-eyed innocence and rock-solid convictions. No easy feat to be sure. The soundtrack to the film is simply amazing and the original songs by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder serve as a heart-wrenching narrative to the plight of McCandless and of the vastness of nature in all of its danger and glory.

Into the Wild offers great video & audio quality with some strong detail and a natural color scheme. Special features include two featurettes (totaling about 40 min) and a theatrical trailer.

With breathtaking scenery, strong attention to detail, fine acting and a beautifully haunting soundtrack, Into the Wild comes recommended. It’s not always an easy journey, but one worth taking.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie about the meaning of life, April 15 2008
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Into the Wild follows the real-life story of an early-20's recent grad who gives up his middle-class life, his car and all his money and sets off on a hitchiker journey through America, finally settling in Alaska.

This movie really struck a chord with me on an emotional level, I've also often thought of eschewing all material things before, realizing it can never be the true source of happiness. But as the main character tragically realizes, neither is loneliness and isolation. Great movie with a powerful, haunting music score by Eddie Vedder.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Into The Wild, Jan. 1 2010
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Into the Wild is a great movie. Emile Hirsch is very good and it was a beautiful film to look at. I recommend this film.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Disturbingly Sad Tale, Sept. 11 2008
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Ian Gordon Malcomson (Victoria, BC) - See all my reviews
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This recently-released film is based on the true story of Chris McCandless, as described in Jon Krakauer's original story, "Into the Wild". In this film version, the audience is treated to the haunting tale of a young college graduate who, for a variety of personal reasons, decides to breakout from his mundane existence and start life over again. The issues and demons that beseige a rather emotionally-fragile Chris are not ordinary: an unhappy family environment, a domineering father and a petulant mother, and the realization that he and his sisters are really only bastards after all. The film follows the course of Chris's escape into the Alaskan wilderness over a three-year period, as he abandons a career, a need for money, and any association with his old life. His journey is a troubled one because it is based on the dangerous assumption that all one has to do to start over again is to live alone in nature. All the way along the road to the top of the of world, this passion for living in the pristine wilderness by himself drives him to drop friends as quickly as he makes them. Naively, he thinks that all he has to do to enjoy a new lease on life, disencumbered of any worldly impediments, is to move out into the great beyond where there is no human contact from his past. However, the problem, as the movie describes, is not found in the initial undertaking so much as the low chances of surviving in the wilderness if something goes wrong. The inexperienced Chris, with all his Walden-type idealism, would prove to be his own worst enemy shortly after arriving in Alaska. Besides telling a sad story, the movie does a great job in capturing the natural beauty of the Lower 48 and Alaska itself. Also, Chris's sister plays an effective role as background narrator in helping to fill the audience with pertinent pieces of his earlier life. Well worth seeing just to capture the sense of life on the open road!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie!, May 3 2014
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This movie was filled with adventure, a journey of realizations, once purpose in life, and tragedy. Great acting and scenery!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honours the book, March 23 2014
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D. Karkut (Vancouver, BC) - See all my reviews
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I read the book first and loved it. I was excited and afraid to see this film, as I was worried it'd wreck the jewel of a story. Happily, it was very close to the book. A few minor deviations actually made for a better film than if they had been 100% true to the book. Also, since the publication of the book and the production of this film, there has been great debate, and some revelation, about the main character's cause of death.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, Jan. 19 2014
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Watched it on TV and decided to buy it. The product came in good condition and was on time. What more could you ask for, right?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great story, Jan. 15 2014
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About a kid who just graduated high school and decides to take his rich father's money that he had ear marked for his college fund. Sell his car and all of his belongings, buys a bus and live in the wilderness in a bus, it isa very entertaining and fascinating true story to watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Into The Wild, Oct. 24 2013
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I have loved this movie for some time and never "got around" to owning it. It's a must see and arrived in perfect condition - as does everything really from Amazon.ca . This movie will really make you think about what type of person you are - and what you want in your own life.
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