Into the Wild (2007, USA) C-148m. SCOPE *** D: Sean Penn. Starring Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, Brian Dierker, Catherine Keener, Vince Vaughn, Kristen Stewart, Hal Holbrook. Inspiring story about real-life Chris McCandless, who in the early 90s broke away from his parents after graduating from college to live a life on the road, with freedom the only thing he desired. Burning his money and abandoning his car, he treks south to Mexico and finally ends up in Alaska after a two-year odyssey. Evocative, well-directed, film is long but engrossing, with a priceless soundtrack written and performed by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder. Makes you question a lot of things you take for granted. Based on the book by Jon Krakauer.

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