These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Nominated for two Academy Awards, Into the Wild is a film based on the true story of student athlete Christopher McCandless, who gives up all his possessions, donates his life savings of almost twenty five thousand dollars to charity, and hitch-hikes to Alaska in order to life in the wilderness. During his journey he meets people who seem to have been placed in his path for a reason, and who change his life in some way. The film is a feature-length rebellion against Western society and its values, something that the film's director, Sean Penn, has become well known, and also infamous, for. Penn also co-wrote the screenplay for the movie. Although Shia Le Boeuf was first choice for the role of Chris McCandless, Emile Hirsch was ultimately cast as the Emory graduate who is both character, and narrator, in the movie.
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Into the Wild is a American biographical survival film written, co-produced, and directed by Sean Penn. It is an adaptation of Jon Krakauer 's nonfiction book of the same name , based on the travels of Christopher McCandless across North America and his experiences in the Alaskan wilderness in the early s. Noting McCandless' unpreparedness, the stranger who drops him off lends him a pair of boots. McCandless travels into the wilderness and sets up a campsite in an abandoned city bus , which he calls "The Magic Bus".
Afterwards, Chris enjoys a celebratory dinner with his sister Carine Jena Malone and parents Marcia Gay Harden and William Hurt during which the fault lines in the seemingly perfect family begin to show, as Chris scornfully refuses the offer of a new car. After watching the affluent relaxing with their boats on the lake, Chris burns the last of his money and embraces the freedom of hitching. Alex flees the threat of human intimacy, slipping off during the night with no goodbyes, somehow ending up hundreds of miles to the east in the tiny town of Carthage , about 60 miles northwest of Sioux City, South Dakota.