Watch "Survivorman" break down famous movie survival scenes.
Everyone loves a good survival movie. It gives you the chance to escape from reality a bit and appreciate the wilds of nature from the comfort of your own home. It's fun to imagine ourselves in the character's shoes and think about what we'd do in that situation.
As we've highlighted in the past, GQ has a great series of videos where they bring in experts to break down famous scenes in movies.
Most of the time with these videos, things are given the typical Hollywood treatment where reality is stretched a bit for dramatic effect. We were surprised at how many of these Stroud said were accurate. The worst offender of the bunch appears to be "The Edge," which for many people is a beloved survival adventure film. We suppose the filmmakers simply couldn't help themselves. It's their job to engage the audience and sometimes reality just isn't exciting enough.
Stroud's comments about "Into the Wild" and the real-life story of Christopher McCandless seem spot on from most of what we've read about that young man in the past. Most experts have agreed he was woefully unprepared for the situation he put himself into. Unfortunately, it ended in tragedy as the young man died a long, grueling death from starvation.
Speaking of starvation, it was fascinating, albeit morbid, to hear Stroud's thoughts about the movie "Alive" and just the psychology of survival in general. It's something that isn't talked about quite enough when it comes to discussions of getting through a dire situation like this.
Most interesting here were Stroud's positive comments about "Jeremiah Johnson." GQ did another video in this series of hunting films with Steven Rinella who praised the movie's hunting scenes for their realism. Stroud did the same thing here, but for the film's survival aspects. We're not too surprised to hear most of this was quite realistic. At this point, it's probably safe to say the 1972 Robert Redford film is one of the most accurate wilderness films ever made.