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Longing to be closer to nature or thrillseeking?

I'll never go camping without bear repellent spray again
I'll never go camping without bear repellent spray again

The same voyeurism that makes people rent When Animals Attack videos will initially make you want to watch Grizzly Man. I'm not spoiling anything by telling you that the human main character of the film, Timothy Treadwell, meets his demise in the jaws of a ferocious Alaskan grizzly bear. You find out that much in the first five minutes of the documentary.

What will keep you watching to the end will be the desire to know what would drive someone to put himself in such danger, living in a tent summer after summer, only a few hundred yards from a colony of gigantic bears. A love for nature? A determination to protect the environment? Or, simply, thrillseeking?

I'll let you be the judge of that, as this movie takes you on an exploration of Treadwell's wildlife footage and post-mortem interviews with the people who knew him or knew of him.

The video of Treadwell's last day is not included in this movie, so don't worry that you'll have to watch a bear devouring a human.

This movie will get you thinking, though, of what really is a meaningful way to support wilderness conservation. It will also have you wondering: if Treadwell's motivation was observing wildlife and not simply thrillseeking, why he didn't develop a similar fancy for observing less dangerous animals, like say, chinchillas?