Monday, May 5, 2008

Into the Wild

Into the Wild is a little Forest Gump, a little bit of The Edge, and a little bit of Cast Away.

Just like Cast Away, you are right there with Chris McCandless, hitchhiking, foraging, suffering and celebrating. McCandless abandons or gives away all his posessions, deliberately becoming a missing person, making no contact with family or friends, and embarks on the journey of a lifetime. He is a 23 year old, who in this true story, abandons a priveledged but troubled life to find himself, by losing himself in his trek cross country, on the way to the wilderness of Alaska.

Like Forest Gump, this film is filled with interesting characters, an eclectic cast, amazing scenery and a 70's-era soundtrack.

Into the Wild has the production values of an Indy film, in a good way. It was produced by the son of William Pohlad, son of Twins Owner Carl, and Directed by Sean Penn, whose whacked-out political views and public antics are mitgated by his work here because this is an extraordinary film.

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