Freeload documents the lives of some modern day hobos who live outside on the road by choice. These characters are not fools who couldn’t make it in society. They are clearly capable individuals, but they choose this treacherous life for the freedom it allows. They exist simply with no one telling them what to do.
I got the sense that the characters trusted director Daniel Skaggs because they open up to him. Their responses aren’t rehearsed. Sometimes we see genuine, vulnerable emotion, like one friend opening up to another. These people are fascinating, and these moments are stunning to behold.
I loved almost every moment of Freeload. The film is a snapshot of a few train riders living a similar life to the one Chris McCandless of Into the Wild ventured on; but in this film, we’re there with them, and it feels real.