Into the Wild

Into the Wild

DVD - 2007
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MPAA rating: R; for language and some nudity.
CHVRS rating: 14A; for coarse language and nudity.
Freshly graduated from college with a promising future ahead, Christopher McCandless walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people, a fearless risk-taker who wrestled with the precarious balance between man and nature. Based on a true story.
Publisher: Hollywood, California : Paramount Vantage, [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781415738337
1415738335
9781415739082
1415739080
9781415738351
1415738351
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (148 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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whsun
Oct 04, 2018

Regardless of one's personal thoughts on Chris McCandless' actions. This film does a great job depicting the "Self Reliance" and liberation from society that Emerson so often wrote about. It causes us to take a step back from our lives everyday and think about our surroundings and the society we live in.

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milirick
Aug 28, 2018

Most either love or hate this film. The latter just feel that the protagonist is a fool. Ironically, this is what the film (and book that this is based on) is attempting to say, that this real person realized too late that he was living life already to the fullest and didn't need to prove to himself how much life is worth living. The other main irony is someone who wanted to live life to the fullest has such a senseless and tragic end. Those who still trek to see his "magic bus" of course fail to understand the message of this well made and sad movie.

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areyouover9000
Jul 12, 2018

Great movie.

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kpelish
Feb 25, 2018

Exploration of a young, disenchanted idealist who shows both sensitivity and navel-gazing at the same time. Based on a true story: well-told with a charming lead who donated his law school fund to charity and then travels across the Western US in search of finding himself, a la Thoreau. Along the way, he meets with mostly kindred outsiders who've also "left" society and respond warmly to his joy in life--as opposed to his parents, who are enmeshed in an abusive marriage that affects him and his sister. He meets his match, however, in Mother Nature as he attempts to survive off the harsh Alaska wilderness without truly considering/planning for what he's up against. Beautiful cinematography/nature scenes (marred by a flashback ending that is visually hard to watch) and good pacing.

I liked the movie. Should have done better with planning his adventure though. There is a lot of poisonous plants in the wild so beware read and learn all you can before the end.

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Nooksack20
Jul 27, 2017

Since this was based on an actual event, I opted to watch it with no real expectations. Turned out to be a pretty good flick with a wide geographical scope. It's worth a view.

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dAP_016
May 01, 2017

You should read the book as well.

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PearlyKayAm1
Jan 02, 2016

Long, boring, preachy story of a young man running away from his dysfunctional family. Great music & great scenery, though.

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DougD67
Nov 23, 2015

McCandless is a polarizing figure, most figure him to be either a fool or a hero. The film leans toward the hero end of the scale and is well shot and acted.

Watch "Alone in the Wilderness" for an interesting contrast of how Dick Proenneke survived thirty years alone in Alaska.

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VladTheGreen
Oct 16, 2015

Excellent movie, totally underrated.
The journey of a young man that is totally idealistic and believes he can deal with whatever the road has prepared for him. I like that the movie shows the impact of the decisions of the young man on his family and how he grows and deals with the situation at the end of the movie.
Great movie to watch, more than once.

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Oct 04, 2018

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Sep 28, 2013

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Feb 24, 2011

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imaginethat
Feb 24, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

nadian May 05, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

nadian May 05, 2010

Sexual Content: Implied sexual content and nudity.

nadian May 05, 2010

Violence: Some scenes of animal slaughter, one scene of human violence, and several scenes of despair.

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Monolith
Jan 08, 2013

Ron Franz (all choked up): "I'm gonna miss you when you go." Christopher McCandless: "I'll miss you too, Ron. But you're wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from human relationships. God's place is all around us -- it's in everything, and anything we can experience. People just need to change the way they look at those things." Ron Franz: "Yeah. I'm, I'm gonna take stock of that. You know I am. ...I am. But I wanna tell you something. From the bits and pieces I've put together... you know, from what you've told me about your family -- your mother and your dad... and I know you've got your problems with the church too... But there's some kinda bigger thing we can all appreciate, and it sounds like you don't mind calling it God... But, when you forgive... you love. And when you love, God's light shines on you."

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