Reviewed by: Halyna Barannik
living life without God or morality
searching for a new beginning to your life
death of mother
dealing with grief
Where did CANCER come from? Answer
How did bad things come about? Answer
Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? Answer
What about the issue of suffering? Doesn’t this prove that there is no God and that we are on our own? Answer
Does God feel our pain? Answer
What kind of world would you create? Answer
How do I know what is right from wrong? Answer
How can I decide whether a particular activity is wrong? Answer
Are we living in a moral Stone Age? Answer
|Featuring:||Reese Witherspoon … Cheryl
Laura Dern … Bobbi
Thomas Sadoski … Paul
Keene McRae … Leif
Michiel Huisman … Jonathan
W. Earl Brown … Frank
Gaby Hoffmann … Aimee
Kevin Rankin … Greg
|Director:||Jean-Marc Vallée—“Dallas Buyers Club” (2013)|
|Producer:||Fox Searchlight Pictures
|Distributor:||Fox Searchlight Pictures|
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “In ‘Wild,’ director Jean-Marc Vallee (‘Dallas Buyers Club’), Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (‘Walk the Line’) and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Nick Hornby (‘An Education’) bring bestselling author Cheryl Strayed’s extraordinary adventure to the screen. After years of reckless behavior, a heroin addiction and the destruction of her marriage, Strayed makes a rash decision. Haunted by memories of her mother Bobbi (Academy Award nominee Laura Dern) and with absolutely no experience, she sets out to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail all on her own. ‘Wild’ powerfully reveals her terrors and pleasures—as she forges ahead on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her.”
The movie, “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon, has been highly rated by secular movie reviewers. However, upon seeing this film, I can tell you that it has a lot to avoid. There is quite a bit of profanity throughout the movie, lots of explicit sexuality and nudity.
The story is about a woman who spirals downward into an immoral lifestyle and then tries to set herself straight by walking a difficult hike along the pacific coastal territories. The plot was interesting enough and had enough suspense to hold my attention, as I watched a woman go by herself on a very strenuous and dangerous journey through the wilderness.
I cannot recommend this movie to Christian moviegoers because there are no redeeming factors to the story. The acting is fine, but not exceptional. The screenplay based on the true story is adequate. The end result of this movie is a sad, depressing tale of a life without God or morality.
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Extreme—“J*sus f***ing Chr*st,” “G*d is a ruthless b*tch,” “Jesus” (2), “God” (5), hell (5), “damn,” f-words (40+), s-words (12), “*ss” (3), “*ss-hole” (3), “cr*p” (2), “b*tch,” etc. / Sex/Nudity: Extreme
Cheryl Strayed, the woman portrayed in “Wild,” is a long-time feminist activist. Oprah Winfrey has heavily promoted her book, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, on which the movie is based.
How good (really) is your “best self,” without God? Is your “best self” good enough to get to Heaven? Answer
How good is good enough? Answer
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.