Wildlike (2014): Lovely little movie

What is it about?

Mackenzie (Ella Purnell) is a troubled teenager (aren’t they all?) and her mother decides that Mackenzie should spend some time with her uncle. Uncle seems cool and nice at first, but then it turns out he’s a pedophile douchebag and Mackenzie runs away from him.

She tries to get back to her mom in Seattle, but ends up with an elderly man (Bruce Greenwood) in the middle of the Alaskan wild. Luckily for Mackenzie, the elderly man is not a pedophile nor a serial killer, which was good enough for her, so she spends some time with him in the wild, contemplating about life and stuff.

Who should watch it?

People who dig indie movies so they can brag about seeing an obscure movie and think of themselves as progressive cinephiles. Also, if you’re into delicate, subtle dramas, you might find this movie a nice experience.

What can I expect from this movie?

  • Will I laugh?

    No. It’s not a comedy and there’s really nothing funny about the topic.

  • Is my brain going to implode trying to figure out the movie?

    No.

  • Will I learn anything from this movie?

    Yes. Never trust uncles.

  • Is it based on something?

    No.

Similar movies like “Wildlike”?

You can try with “Wild”.

Judgment time!

This is a very nice, indie drama about a young girl trying to find herself. It’s sensitive and subtle, but it’s not boring. Once you start watching it, you want to know how it ends. At least I did.

Main characters were pretty good, especially Ella Purnell who carried the entire movie. It was crucial to get a good actress because most of the time she was alone on the screen. If she was a bad actress, the whole movie would suck, even if everything else was perfect. I give it 7/10.

 

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