Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 112 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 14+. Some cursing; the suggestion that some characters have smoked marijuana; some light nudity (a woman swims naked and you see the outline of her body; at another point she walks around naked); an implied sex scene (a couple kisses, and then the next morning you see them next to each other under the covers); the death of a parent is discussed; the death of dogs and camels is depicted; and the castration of a camel, with a shot of its removed genitalia. That all seems like a lot, but the story about the female protagonist’s personal journey is ultimately uplifting and impactful, and all of the elements feel realistic and necessary.
Australian drama ‘Tracks’ retells the story of Robyn Davidson, a young woman who attempted to walk across the continent alone. The adaptation takes some frustrating Hollywood shortcuts, but for the most part it is engrossing and impactful.
By Roxana Hadadi
While watching “Tracks,” it’s impossible not to think of Christopher McCandless. The young man from Virginia who left his family behind, hitchhiked across the country, and journeyed to Alaska before his death in 1992 at the age of 24 was the focus of the Jon Krakauer nonfiction book “Into the Wild,” which was adapted into a same-named 2007 film starring Emile Hirsch. Somewhat similarly, “Tracks” is an adaptation of Robyn Davidson’s memoir about walking across Australia alone, and her motivations—unease with her family, dissatisfaction with her life, a search for something deeper—mirror McCandless’s. But while Davidson’s story feels familiar, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring—at least not when the film is following her actual tale.