This is one of those films that catches you off guard. An hour in, I thought I'd made up my mind, but you really need to see things through to the end, which is kinda fitting for this story. It's a bit of a love letter to the American wilderness and to grand simplicity. It's impressive cast, specially written songs by Eddie Vedder and famous director are all thankfully mere minor distractions... aside Vince Vaughn, how that man got cast in this is beyond me. It's beautiful, epic and engrossing. The true story of a somewhat troubled but driven young man, intent on finding his own way through to the end. It's not all perfect, there's some wrong turns, the caricature European backpackers and the aforementioned Vaughn, who has all the subtlety of a pile of bricks falling down a metal tube packed with touch sensitive explosives, are both pretty pointless and annoying elements of the story, but those minor quibbles aside... it's pretty inspiring.