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 Thoughts on "Into the Wild" Book/Movie? (4)

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Thoughts on "Into the Wild" Book/Movie?

"In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, a party of moose hunters found his decomposed body. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir. In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his cash. He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and, unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented. Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw away the maps. Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild."
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A little less reckless abandon and he would have had a better handle on what not to eat.

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A little less reckless abandon and he would have had a better handle on what not to eat.

Agreed. He clearly was not properly/sufficiently trained in order to take on such a project.

I haven't read the book but I honestly thought the movie was the most boring, self-indulgent bag of nonsense since The Good Shepard. I should have been able to identify with the story but I thought the casting was bad and the movie was just far too long. I really only watched it because it had a good rating on Imdb. I was very disappointed I'm afraid.

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I enjoyed the movie thoroughly.

It's a damn shame he didn't take appropriate precautions, but the story needs to be told in hopes that others can act a bit more wisely in seeing their dreams.