Sean Penn is back behind the camera withan adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s bestselling nonfiction book Into the Wild. Emile Hirsch plays top student Christopher McCandless, who after graduating from Emory University in 1992, leaves his belongings, donates his savings to charity and sets off on a classic journey into the American West. He plans to hitchhike to Alaska and live in freedom and harmony with nature. But it’s a long way to travel and a lot harder than Christopher imagined. With a bright future in law school, why did he leave? That’s the question his family puzzles as they grapple with his shocking death. But there seems to be no answer, only a seeker who believes that truth and meaning wait for him in Alaska. Into the Wild is one of Penn’s best efforts as a director. Hirsch – known from movies such as The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys and Lords of Dogtown – is a natural. Together,they poignantly portray the young wayfarer’s struggle with the ambiguous demands of modern society and his desire to break away and live in utopian freedom. –Stockholm International Film Festival
Powerhouse film performer capable of intensely moving work who has gone from strength to strength during a colourful film career, and who has drawn much media attention for his stormy private life and political viewpoints, California-born Sean Penn is the second son of actress Eileen Ryan & director Leo Penn, also brother of Chris Penn. He first appeared in roles as strong-headed or unruly youths such as the military cadet defending his academy against closure in Taps (1981), then as fast-talking surfer stoner Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982).
Fans and critics were enthused about his obvious talent and he next contributed a stellar performance alongside Timothy Hutton in the Cold War spy thriller The Falcon and the Snowman (1985), followed by a teaming with icy Christopher Walken in the chilling At Close Range (1986). The youthful Sean then paired up with his then wife, pop diva Madonna in the woeful, and painful, read more
At the end Christopher´s journey was not exactly uplifting but it does portray pretty good the struggle of a young rebel determined to start a lone journey where he can find himself. However, although the ending was tragic and emotional, I felt that in the end his journey was pointless and when he finally found the answer he was looking for it was just too late to start over again.
Intellectually vacuous,emotionally pornographic, dramatically inefficient and cinematically banal...to sum it up a failure in all regards.
Excellent film. He strived for freedom but found happiness only exists with others. Sad
Despite stellar performances from much of the supporting cast, including Vince Vaughn, Hal Holbrook, Marcia Gay Harden and some of the others, a few things turned me off. First of all, I never got… read review
Diangkat dari kisah nyata tentang perjalanan hidup Christopher McCandless setelah menyelesaikan kuliahnya di Emory University ke alam bebas Amerika karena merasa bosan dengan rutinitas hidup manusia… read review
seriously, how juvenile is this movie? its suuuuuch a bastardised version of the novel. travelling is full of ups and downs its not all whoohoo i’m a greasy mongaloid who’s just a barrel of joyous… read review