travelgrove Reviews
 

Travels in Alaska, review of a great movie, Anchorage, Alaska

 
    Anchorage's mapAnchorage 1
Anchorage 2
Anchorage 3
bicska's pictureby bicska review
added on 25th of May, 2009

If you really like traveling you must watch this film!

I really really recommend it to you!

Into the Wild is a 2007 film based on the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer about the adventures of Christopher McCandless. It was directed by Sean Penn, who also wrote the screenplay, and stars Emile Hirsch, Jena Malone, Marcia Gay Harden, Vince Vaughn, Kristen Stewart, William Hurt and Catherine Keener. It premiered during the second edition of the Rome Film Feast. The film premiered outside of Fairbanks, Alaska on September 3, 2007, and the film was issued in limited release on September 21, before a wide release on October 19.

Into the Wild recounts the life of Christopher McCandless, a real-life National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS)|student-athlete at Emory University, as told by his sympathetic sister. In response to his parents, whom McCandless perceives as materialistic, manipulative, and domineering, McCandless destroys all of his credit cards and identification documents, donates $24,000 (nearly his entire savings) to Oxfam, and sets out on a off-road|cross-country drive in his well-used but reliable Datsun towards his ultimate goal: to travel alone to Alaska and experience its nature firsthand. Along the way, he abandons his automobile in the course of a flash flood, to hitchhike after burning the remainder of his dwindling cash supply. He acquires a Perception Sundance 12 open-water kayak and goes down the Colorado River, into Mexico, and later returns to America via freight train to Los Angeles. Taking a circuitous route, he encounters many unconventional individuals along the way, such as a group of hippies, a farm owner (Vince Vaughn), and a lonely leather worker (Hal Holbrook) who offers to adopt and be a grandfather to McCandless. McCandless purposefully trudges onward to his final destination, arriving in the wilds of Alaska nearly two years after his initial departure. He starts living in a "Magic Bus", used as a shelter for moose hunters. McCandless finds joy in living off the land and begins to write a journal of his adventures. As the spring thaw arrives and he seeks to return from the wild, McCandless is cut off from civilization by the torrents of a swollen river (one of his few admitted fears is of water). As his food supply of small game dwindles, he resorts to eating indigenous plants. Although he consults a book that he brought along in order to identify edible plants in the wild, he confuses an edible and a poisonous variety, which shuts down his digestive system and causes him to starve to death. In his final hours, he continues to document his demise in a painful and dramatic denouement.

Into the Wild is the first solo studio album by Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder based on his contributions to the soundtrack for the film Into the Wild (2007). It was released on September 18, 2007 through J Records.

fleeting appearances." Vedder is primarily responsible for the songs in the film while film music composer Michael Brook is acknowledged in the film's credits for composing the film's original music. Vedder said, "Michael made great choices with the way he orchestrated the score...Our pieces of music meshed together pretty well for not having approached it in a way of making sure these puzzle pieces fit. They just did."[8]

Vedder's cover of the song "Hard Sun" (originally written by Gordon Peterson who performed under the name of Indio on the 1989 album, Big Harvest) features backing vocals by Corin TuckerSleater-Kinney. Vedder collaborated with singer-songwriterJerry Hannan on the song "Society", written by Hannan. Both songs appear in the film along with a slew of other folky ballads by Vedder of other folky ballads by Vedder.

 

Things about Anchorage you may be interested in

 
 

Read about Anchorage in our travel-guide
 
lifecruiser's picture
lifecruiser wrote on May 29, 2009:
Wow. It really sounds fantastic - and so refreshingly different from everything else I've seen. I'll keep it in mind for sure. Thx for telling!
 
 
 
guides

Recommended Anchorage Guide

Anchorage History

Anchorage, AK, United StatesOne significant moment in Anchorage history is the 1964 earthquake known as “the Good Friday Earthquake”, that had a magnitude of 9.2 and caused enormous destruction that was felt even in Talkeetna and Seward. Unfortunately, Anchorage itself was so severely damaged that the whole decade remained under the sign of the earthquake and the reconstruction that followed. The period that came immediately after this was dominated by the discovery and exploitation of oil resources that brought so much money and investors to the state that Anchorage became the main location for offices and headquarters of prosperous oil companies. Becoming... Read more »

 
 
reviews

Recent reviews for Anchorage

How to get ahead in Florida - Mar 7, 2008, by lindamura
Population: 16 million Major Airports: Miami International Airport - Miami (MIA), Fort Lauderdale International Airport - Forth Lauderdale (FLL), Orlando International Airport - Orlando (MCO), Palm Beach International Airport - Palm... Read more »

The short story of Detroit - Jul 18, 2008, by mohds2
Detroit is a large city in the state of Michigan and the seat of Wayne County. It is a main port city on Detroit River, in the Midwest area of the United States. Situated north of Windsor, Detroit is the main U.S. city that appears south... Read more »

Poker in LA - Mar 18, 2006, by MadSuh
Los Angeles is much less exciting than New York. There is not much to see for people who don't know their way in LA. First off, you cannot just walk around like in the Big Apple. LA is a place where you have everything but you really... Read more »

Huge ski resort in Copper Mountain, CO - Sep 4, 2007, by lindamura
Not far from Denver International Airport in Summit County is the beautiful Copper Mountain resort. It is about an hour and half outside of Denver and easy access to the resort is guaranteed by shuttles and flights. What makes Copper... Read more »

Visit on the Gold Coast of Florida - May 14, 2008, by lindamura
Not far from Miami there is a place destined for all those who like sunshine, and the combination of luxurious buildings with pristine natural surroundings. The coast is renowned for its beauty and great resorts people are looking for. All... Read more »

 
 

More reviews you might be interested in

Freiburg reviews - Germany
Wo liegt Freiburg ich weiß es inm südwesten Deutschlands dort gibt es den Europapark Rust der isch super außerdem kann man dort...
Freiburg

Cairo reviews - Egypt
Cairo, the largest city in Africa, is the capital of Egypt, has a population approximated at 15 million and covers an area of 453 square km. It is...
What to know about Cairo

 

Heraklion reviews - Greece
After we were back again at Athens, we still had quite much time, so we decided to go to Crete. We went to Heraklion for one day, walked through...
Short visit to Crete

Selva Di Cadore reviews - Italy
Situated in the north eastern part Italy, part of the Italian Alps are called the Dolomites, known as the geological jewel of this part visited by...
The Italian Alps

 

Rotterdam reviews - Netherlands
Rotterdam is a city in South Holland, Netherlands with a population of approximately 590 000 inhabitants in the city itself and 1 600 000...
What to know before you visit Rotterdam

Baguio reviews - Philippines
Retreat to the Mountains of Baguio City High up in the mountains of Benguet in Northern Luzon lies Baguio City - the summer capital of the...
Vacation in Baguio

 

Brasov reviews - Romania
Hi dear friends, I just want to share with you my experience at Brasov, what I decide to visit with the gang from Covasna. Brasov is one of the...
Visiting Brasov

Chiscau reviews - Romania
The Cave of the Bear is a dripstone cave located at about 70 kilometers from Oradea in the Chiscau village. It was found in 1975. It got it's name...
Bear Cave adventures

 

Saint Petersburg reviews - Russia
Wo liegt Sankt Petersburg? Sankt Petersburg liegt im Nordwesten Russlands und wurde 1703 gegründet von Peter dem Großen. Sankt...
Erfahrungen in Sankt Petersburg

Krabi reviews - Thailand
Today was great, we finally went to some of the most awesome islands and beaches Thailand has to offer. We booked a boat trip with about 15 other...
The best beaches and islands of Thailand

 
 
 
   Welcome to Travelgrove  register tell a friend bookmark it 
 
 
*