Into the Wild
2007
*****
Director: Sean Penn
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Catherine Keener

A mesmerising true story of a college graduate Christopher McCandless who wants no part in the trappings of modern day life. He gives up his earthly belongings, disappears without a word to his family, and dreams of living in the Alaskan wilderness. Akin to The Straight Story, we follow his travels across the country where he meets an array of people, some of who support and some of who question his plan. Emile Hirsch gives a dedicated, star-turning performance in this sad and haunting drama. Based on Jon Krakauer’s book.