Five years after adapting Friedrich Durrenmatt's metaphysical mystery The Pledge
into a riveting and underrated thriller, Sean Penn returns to directing with a flawed but refreshingly intelligent treatment of Into the Wild
, Jon Krakauer's gripping nonfiction account of 22-year-old Christopher McCandless' real-life journey into oblivion.
Immediately after graduating from Emory University, feisty, fiercely independent Chris McCandless (an impressive Emile Hirsch) cuts up his credit cards, donates his savings to Oxfam and, hopping into his battered Datsun, heeds Horace Greeley's age-old injunction to "Go West, young man." Turning his back on his ...