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Title : Into the wild Edition :2010 Canadian Edition Format : Blu-ray Disc Languages : English, French, Spanish Subtitles : English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
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Told in multi-level flashbacks about a recent college graduate who goes on a Walkabout due to his apparent anger at his parents due to a difficult childhood. He eventually goes to Alaska where much to his surprise his education has not prepared him to survive on his own in the wilderness. Despite having access to water he is unable to survive. Sad and pathetic. Includes swearing and bare skin in an unsuccessful effort to make this try to be important. Some beautiful National Geographic-type scenery. Famous actors appear and do fine jobs all, the story is just lame. Avoid.
But lordy, that Mccandless kid was a sorry piece of work. The film does not portray the boy as a hero, but neither does it delve into the selfishness of this naive young man. Many reviewers find much to admire about him him as a free spirit and 'idealist.' Idealist my big toe.
What is idealistic about willful ignorance and a sense of entitlement? The kid goes into one of the most challenging and threatening environments on the planet without having clue one about what he's getting into, without adequate supplies and without a map. Idealism is best saved for politics and philosophy. In the wild, you need a willingness to learn. McCandless was so used to his family providing a safety net, it never occured to him that Nature would not bow to his needs as well. The movie, by the way, does hint that his parents are bad people because they offer the boy a new car when he graduates from high school and had the foresight to start a college fund for him. We should all suffer such abuse.
Chris McCandless certainly wanted people to think he was a selfless idealist, with his grandious handing over of his parent's money...not a cent of which he earned himself...to Oxfam. Plenty more where that came from, eh.Read more ›
Based on a true story and narrated with many of Chris' journal entries, the film is an emotional roller coaster; I was torn between admiring his youthful idealism and courage and hating him for the pain he inflicted on his family. The movie feels much like a documentary as it follows Chris hitchhiking and working his way across the country and then surviving, at first, quite well in Alaska.
Emile Hirsch is well-cast as Chris and makes you care about him right from the start. He did all of his demanding stunts himself and even lost 40 pounds to play the ailing Chris. It is a very touching story. Amid the splendor of the wilderness but ultimately alone, Chris finally understood that happiness is only real when it is shared. Highly recommended.
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Love this movie, came fast! This movie makes you think about life and makes me wanna campPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a story! I felt soo sorry for the main character, especially knowing that it was a true story. Would like to see a few more extras, but I have got a few from youtube that... Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. Kelly
Was not able to read it on my Ipad liked I thought I could, I guess my mistake as I had it download to my conputer, and cannot read it there...Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer