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Penn's 'Wild' Tells a Fascinating Tale
By Dennis Harvey, Variety.com

Jon Krakauer's best-seller "Into the Wild" chronicled the real-life, way-off-grid adventures of Christopher McCandless, a middle-class college grad whose quest for "ultimate freedom" ended in 1992 with starvation in the Alaskan wilderness. It seemed natural, if challenging, screen material — and in his fourth and by far best feature turn behind the camera, Sean Penn delivers a compelling, ambitious work that will satisfy most admirers of the book. This early fall prestige entry's wider prospects will depend on careful momentum building from reviews and word of mouth, with repeat young-adult biz likely if it doesn't get pushed off screens too soon. ... More on Variety.com

Copyright 2007 Variety, Inc. All rights reserved.

Jon Krakauer's best-seller "Into the Wild" chronicled the real-life, way-off-grid adventures of Christopher McCandless, a middle-class college grad whose quest for "ultimate freedom" ended in 1992 with starvation in the Alaskan wilderness. It seemed natural, if challenging, screen material — and in his fourth and by far best feature turn behind the camera, Sean Penn delivers a compelling, ambitious work that will satisfy most admirers of the book. This early fall prestige entry's wider prospects will depend on careful momentum building from reviews and word of mouth, with repeat young-adult biz likely if it doesn't get pushed off screens too soon. ... More on Variety.com

Copyright 2007 Variety, Inc. All rights reserved.

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