Emile Hirsch plays him in a hypnotic performance, turning skeletal, his eyes sinking into his skull while they still burn with zeal. It is great acting, and more than acting.
The trekking and tramping part of me identifies with Into the Wild, and it has made a permanent and very positive imprint. It has become part of me.
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Written and Directed by Sean Penn, based on the book by Jon Krakauer.