Following his graduation from college, Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) gives up his savings and possessions and makes an ill-fated trek to the Alaskan wilderness.
" As [Hirsch] struggles with the elements, his increasing frailty and the cinematography's increasing grandeur mesh in a way that's at once iconic and wrenching. "
" Beautifully structured and performed. "
" In its expansive spirit of investigation and embrace of life as a creative act, Into the Wild comes as close as any picture ever made to capturing the America that Jack Kerouac discovered half a century ago. "
" Into the Wild takes your heart and shakes it, offering inspiration, exasperation and blunt realization in a true story of one young man's dream and nightmare. "
" It is we who are made a little more complete for wrestling with, and watching, Penn's film. "
" It's a beautiful, big, sorrowful film that manages to celebrate America while reexamining what it has stood for and what it has become. "
" It's a gorgeous, self-assured, thrilling and entertainingly intimate epic, an actor's picture in front of and behind the camera. "
" Sean Penn's spellbinding film adaptation of this book stays close to the source. "
" Sequences are gorgeously filmed by cinematographer Eric Gautier, and they're heady with the joy of discovery -- they make you want to hit the road into the magnificent landscape we forget is out there. "
" Super '70s in both style and sensibility, Into the Wild does for vagabond New Age souls what Deliverance did for misguided suburban macho. "
" This is one of those movies I can imagine deciding is a masterpiece in a month's time. And by any measure, "Into the Wild" is a big leap forward for Penn as a director and deserves to be one of the most talked about films of the season. "
" Without diminishing the deep transcendentalist yearnings of its young hero, Into the Wild builds to a climax of profound human connectedness, profound human pain. "
" A road movie with a lofty message that too frequently gets lost in its own thematic barrens. Whereas Krakauer's disturbing book sticks with you, Penn's movie, wrapped in the balloon of its fanciful rhetoric, just floats off. "
" Hirsch, who carries the film on his increasingly emaciated shoulders, performs heroically, but there's an edge missing. "
" Sean Penn's Into the Wild is certainly visual -- it's entirely too visual, to the point of being cheaply lyrical. "
" The movie tries its hardest to celebrate the impetuousness of its hero and the exhilaration of his accomplishments. Mostly, though, it just reminds you of the severity of his mistakes. "
" The photography is of the sort you'd find in any half decent nature documentary, with cloying emphasis placed firmly (and sometimes clumsily) on the idea that our neglectful, selfish and not to mention rampantly capitalist ways are destroying the planet. "
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