Review Summary: Vedder's first soundtrack outing proves a step in the right direction for his career.Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer tells the true story of Christopher McCandless, a college age man who exemplifies the adventurer in us all backed with a Thoreau-inspired outlook on life. After leaving college, he donates his life savings to charity, abandons the upper-class life he once knew and headed for the road by way of hitchhiking and other slightly illegal activities. Without spoiling the ending, he ends up alone in Alaska after traveling the entire United States.
In 1990, at 22, Christopher McCandless abandoned his prosperous D.C. family, adopted the name Alexander Supertramp, and vanished, almost penniless, into a two-year adventure that ended in his death, of apparent starvation, in the Alaskan wilderness. Sean Penn was riveted by the story, captured in Jon Krakauer’s 1996 best-selling biography of McCandless, and he began pursuing the rights almost immediately.