|Rating: 7.2/10 (61,159 votes)
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Writer: Nick Hornby (screenplay), Cheryl Strayed (memoir "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail")
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Keene McRae
Runtime: 115 min
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Released: 19 Dec 2014
|Plot: A chronicle of one woman's 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent personal tragedy.|
In June 1995, recently divorced Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) leaves Minneapolis, Minnesota with plans to hike the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail as a way of self-discovery and healing. Despite her inexperience, she begins her trek through the Mojave Desert in Southern California. During the hike, Strayed reflects on her childhood in Minnesota and memories of her mother, Bobbi Grey (Laura Dern), whose death pushed her toward a path of self-destructive behaviour, which ultimately led to her divorce.
On the first night, she discovers she has brought along the wrong type of gas to use with her stove and, therefore, is unable to cook any food. After a few more days, Strayed meets Frank (W. Earl Brown), a farmer who takes her in for the night, offering her a home cooked meal and a warm shower.
Later, Strayed meets a hiker named Greg (Kevin Rankin) who agrees to meet her at Kennedy Meadows, California. Upon arrival at Kennedy Meadows, she meets a camper named Ed (Cliff DeYoung), who helps Strayed lighten her backpack and tells her to replace her under-sized hiking boots with a new pair, to be delivered to her next location. Strayed continues her hike into Northern California despite warnings from Greg of deep snowfall. Her boots become badly worn and, after losing a toenail, she discards her boots and continues to hike wearing sandals reinforced with duct tape.