Into the Wild (2007) – What an awesome movie!

into_the_wild_movie_poster (2007)

Oh folks. I just can’t let this moment pass without sharing this to you! I just watched this very great movie Into The Wild. I know some of you had already watched it but for some of you, I must say that you must find a way to watch this film.

This movie is based on a true story. What’s great and amazing about the whole movie is that, it teaches us the beauty of life and how we must live our life, not by destiny but by choices. Choices that will lead and bring us beyond the horizons, up in the mountains, down by the river and will bring us closer to other people that will help us realize what life is really all about. Into the Wild is a story of life that was lived to the fullest.

Plot: Into the Wild recounts the life of Christopher McCandless, a real-life student-athlete at Emory University, as told by his sympathetic sister. In response to his parents, whom McCandless perceives as materialistic, manipulative, and domineering, McCandless destroys all of his credit cards and identification documents, donates $24,000 (nearly his entire savings) to Oxfam, and sets out on a cross-country drive in his well-used but reliable Datsun towards his ultimate goal: to travel alone to Alaska and experience its nature firsthand. Along the way, he abandons his automobile in the course of a flash flood, to hitchhike his way there after burning the remainder of his dwindling cash supply. He acquires a Perception Sundance 12 open-water kayak and goes down the Colorado river, into Mexico, and later returns to America via freight train to Los Angeles. Taking a circuitous route, he encounters many unconventional individuals along the way, such as a group of hippies, a farm owner (Vince Vaughn), and a lonely leather worker who offers to adopt and be a grandfather to Christopher (Hal Holbrook), as he purposefully trudges onward to his final destination, arriving in the wilds of Alaska nearly two years after his initial departure. He starts living in a “Magic Bus” as a shelter for moose hunters. (The bus can be seen clearly on Google Earth but is obscured by clouds in Google Maps and most other mapping programs.)

Emile Hirsch as Christopher McCandless in a scene from “Into the Wild,” Sean Penn’s adaptation of the book by Jon Krakauer.

Ever resourceful, McCandless finds joy in living off the land, and begins to write a book of his adventures. Unfortunately, as the spring thaw arrives, he is cut off from civilization by a torrent of rushing water. As his food supply of small game dwindles, he resorts to eating indigenous plants. Although he consults a book that he brought along in order to identify edible plants in the wild, he confuses an edible and a poisonous variety, which shuts down his digestive system and causes him to starve to death. In his final hours, he continues to document his demise in a painful and dramatic denouement.

Christopher McCandless in his camp on the Stampede Trail (self-portrait found undeveloped in his camera at the time of his death)

All in all, this movie is amazing and a must-see for anyone who likes adventure. I’m a guy and I don’t cry a lot. But, at the very end of the movie, I broke into tears. It was very moving. I loved it so much. 10/10 – Yeah, It’s that perfect.

And oh before I forgot, let me just quote two lines from the movie that says, “And I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong, to measure yourself at least once… to find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions. Facing the blind death stone alone, with nothing to help you but your hands and your own head.”


~ by Ayan on March 15, 2009.

2 Responses to “Into the Wild (2007) – What an awesome movie!”

  1. A fabulous, a great, a very moving film. Thanks for reminding me how much I loved it too. Remember those words too ? :
    “What will you do when you are out there (in Alaska) “?
    “Just live !”

  2. Thanks for sharing your views.

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