Into the wild
Sean Penn directs the film version of Jon Krakauer’s nonfiction bestseller about a free-spirited college grad who braves life alone in the Yukon. Emile Hirsch shines as Alex, a bright rebel who has survived an abusive childhood through his zeal for activism and adventure. He is charming and charismatic but eschews commitment and tradition. His quest for freedom goes awry as his survival skills are tested by nature and loneliness.
Kudos to the ensemble cast(sure to impress both indie fans and Oscar buffs) especially Hal Holbrook as a wise Army vet.
Currently playing at the Shattuck in Berkeley and the Cerrito in El Cerrito