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When I was a kid I was introduced to the great outdoors, and it was not a separate part of life. It was part of everything. I grew up in the Midwest and read books and magazines that held grand photos of the West. And there I also would sit by my Pappaw's feet, listening to old mountain stories. Wrenched takes us back to the western voices calling for freedom, for wilderness. Edward Abbey was one such major voice. Rugged, real, and not apologetic for his views. He not only wrote stories but stayed active in protecting a place we all call home, a home that would not be without wilderness in it. Watching this film took me home, made me nostalgic, and also hopeful for newer voices and activists.
Just like Abbey, this film is the real deal. There were few environmentalists in the early 70's and fewer environmental activists willing to fight to protect our land from development. As we know now, "The Monkey Wrench Gang" changed all that and this film captures the history, the energy, courage and essence of the beginning of the fight. It's tragic at times, surprisingly funny as often, don't-leave-your-couch entertaining and in the end an accurate and inspirational memoir that will make you want to pick up a wrench! Thank you ML for this thoroughly wonderful film!