The real life story of an American hitchhiker, Christopher John McCandless brought onto the silver screen by Sean Penn. A guy who gives up everything and everyone in life to live for self, in a land devoid of fellow human habitation.

And just when I thought this was a one-off thing – of people going off on a trail to live life in the wild, I was wrong again. This came a surprise when I read the prelude, before I got into watching the movie. And 2 hours and some well needed wisdom later, I think I have the answers for the phenomenon. This could be seen as the western adaptation of Sanyasa. Though not an alien concept to India, the movie is still an eye opener for it makes you think deep and delve into the intricacies of our existence. Indeed a very good watch. And I hear the book is equally good too, though the lack of quality time to be devoted to reading makes me take the shortcut.  [4/5]


Happiness is never real, unless shared 

Christopher John McCandless   



You might also want to read about these people too:

  1. Carl McCunn (1946 – 1981) was an American wildlife photographer who became stranded in the Alaskan wilderness and eventually committed suicide when he ran out of supplies.
  2. Everett Ruess (March 28, 1914 – 1934?) was a young artist, poet and writer who explored nature including the High Sierra, California Coast and the deserts of the American southwest, invariably alone. His fate while traveling though a remote area of Utah has been a mystery for many years.
  3. Richard Louis “Dick” Proenneke (May 4, 1916–April 20, 2003) was a naturalist who lived alone in the high mountains of Alaska at a place called Twin Lakes. Living in a log cabin he constructed by hand, Proenneke made valuable recordings of both meteorological and natural data.