Into The Wild

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.

— Lord Byron

Into the Wild is based upon a work by Jon Krakauer about the real life adventures of Christopher McCandless, an 21-22 year old wanderer who embarked on a journey in search of existence in the arms of nature, away from the materialistic and manipulative world, somewhere into the wild. After graduating he gives away all his bank money to charity and burns up the rest. Taking up a new name Alexander Supertramp, in his age old car he drives up to a flash flood prone area on a overcast day, wherein he had his first tryst with nature, after which he abandons his car too, continuing his journey on foot and free rides.

His final destination in this journey of getting away from civilization was Alaska, which he ultimately reaches and along this journey he meets several people and had few nice n easy relationships with them, always leaving before anybody grew too fond of him. Along all the time he continually kept updating a journal, from which actually most of the references for reconstructing his story were taken. With his minimal travel gear he also had few books by authors like Thoreau, Tolstoy, Jack London, Stegner which he kept leafing through all along. After being in Alaska he lived fine through the first season change, hunting wild, updating his journal, reading along, while living in his super van which he found there abandoned. But sadly he survives only 5-6 months there before scumbing to eating some poisonous plant.

Laden with several beautiful scenic locations, the move has beautiful sound track too. Its a fine seducing movie, calming yet with certain turbulence beneath. A good watch.

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4 comments

  1. Rakesh

    beautifully written review. Why should there be a bitter end to a brave heart who abandoned manipulative “civilization”, in search for the meaning of Life? makes me feel sad.

    -Jyo

  2. Yeah, it was sad but nevertheless in such a short span of a life he did what some of us only dream of. Do watch it, the movie’s much more beautiful than what my post seems to provide justice for.
    My apologies for the late response n for the mail ID I’ll ping you.

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