Into the Wild
Sean Penn proves himself both a vital director and a great screenwriter in his big screen adaptation of Jon Krakauer's book INTO THE WILD starring Emile Hirsch. 2007's INTO THE WILD is our next Rialto Recommends selection. After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. The Arizona Republic said "though it's easy to dismiss McCandless' hippified musings and near-suicidal choices as the misguided actions of a kid who read Walden a little too closely in college, Penn's film aims for something more, a deeper telling of a tale of yearning and escape." While the Philadelphia Inquirer said "As actor and director, Penn long has been drawn to the existential and elemental. Life and death. Remorse and revenge. All these themes converge -- symphonically -- in Into the Wild, his most fully realized work as a director." And the Washington Post raved "Sean Penn sings a powerful and poetic hymn to America with "Into the Wild," his sweeping, sensitive and deeply affecting adaptation of Jon Krakauer's best-selling book." INTO THE WILD is streaming on Starz and DirectTV or is available to rent for a modest fee from Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, FandangoNow, Vudu, Apple and others HERE.