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The Way Back
Their escape was just the beginning
Peter Weir's follow-up to Master & Commander (2003) is the stark & brilliant The Way Back, which takes on the theme of man's struggle for freedom. At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag. The film details their perilous & uncertain journey to freedom, as they cross deserts, mountains, & several nations.
I haven't felt this guilty eating pizza and drinking beer while watching a film since Steve McQueen's Hunger.
Peter Weir's "The Way Back" is the story of determination and force of will against astounding odds. Focusing on a band of prisoners of war who have escaped from a gulag during World War II, the film follows the men and, eventually, one young woman as they trek from Siberia to India. An epic with subtly old-fashioned sensibilities, "The Way Back" is an engaging piece of work that champions the heroism of the human will.
After escaping from their icy prison, the band, made up of Europeans and one American, begin a harrowing journey from Russia. On foot, they travel 4,000 miles, losing members of the group to exhaustion and the elements. Their quest is harrowing, and Weir is able…
After watching both "Master And Commander" and "The Way Back" I've got to say that I really admire Peter Weir, I think that he is an incredible director and a very underrated one.
In "The Way Back" I think that the most powerful thing that this movie delivers is the ability of Peter Weir to tell a story in a very effective and beautiful way. this is a very good looking movie with a lot of different locations which really makes you feel in the situation, in a very unique and effective way. The actors did a great job in my opinion and it was surprising to watch the two young talented actors(Jim Sturgess and Saoirse Ronan) carrying the movie,…
The Way Back is the story of a group of men who escape imprisonment and communism. They're later joined by a female (Saoirse Ronan). They achieve this by fleeing prison in Siberia and walking 4000 miles to India. As you can imagine they face many trials and tribulations along the way.
The cast which features Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, and Saoirse Ronan is solid. I didn't have an issue with any of the acting.
Peter Weir's directing is good as well. From the harsh terrains of Siberia, Mongolia, and Tibet it's all shot beautifully. You feel the groups struggle through the elements they encounter, and it's what makes the story work.
As for the overall story this is…
I've loved every Peter Weir movie that I've seen. The man is a legend as far as I'm concerned, yet there's still something holding me back from all-out love for this film. I was fighting back yawns in the theater and I fought back yawns on the home screen. What's to love is of course the visuals. I'd expect nothing less from Weir and he delivers some truly grand natural spectacle. You get every possible angle of landscape porn and on its own, the landscape shots are top notch. Then there's the story, which is an amazing conceit and knowing it is a true story makes it more special.
Where I lose focus with the film is the characters. There's…
A movie about walking, and walking, and walking, and walking,and walking, and walking, and walking,and walking, and walking, and walking, and walking, and walking, and walking, and walking, and walking, and walking, and walking, and walking,and walking, and walking, and walking,and walking, and walking, and walking, and walking, and walking, and walking, and walking, and walking, and walking.....that is actually a very epic and cinematic experience.
3/10: Another overrated movie which feel rather hollow. It's a shame as it really should be an engrossing story, but the film just drags towards the end and chemistry between the characters are missing. The only redeeming feature is the glorious variety of landscapes that fill the screen.
it's amazing how they managed to escape!
That is one of the messiest endings I have ever seen.
With these raw materials this film should have been great. It tells an incredible true story of a group of prisoners in a Siberian prison camp during WWII who escaped and walked to India to gain their freedom. It has an excellent cast and a director capable of carrying it off, but the script lets it down. Much of the dialogue and many situations are standard issue and it spends so much time on the first part of the journey that is elides the most interesting part of the story. How did they manage to cross the Himalayas on foot with no climbing gear? I don't know, they didn't show me. Still in all the film is quite good, it looks great and has some nice performances, including Colin Farrell (an actor I am not crazy about) doing a credible job as a RussIan criminal. Definitely worth seeing.
Not nearly as epic or as moving as it aspires to be; instead it's mostly just tedious and repetitive. It's hard not to compare "The Way Back" to another survival story, "All Is Lost" -- and it's remarkable how the latter manages to be the vastly superior movie even though the former has the benefit of multiple cast members, a diverse array of landscapes, and actual dialogue. A solitary, stranded, silent Robert Redford was exponentially more enthralling than anything "The Way Back" had to offer.
Very well done, but a bit sloppy in spots.
In 2010 Peter Weir put out a mature and original epic adventure movie for adults and was greeted with a shrug. The movie didn’t get back much in the way of box office takes, did nothing at award season, and while critics mostly liked the movie they didn’t really go to bat for it. Then again, I also didn’t bother to see it in theaters, so maybe I’m part of the problem. The film tells the story of a group of political prisoners who escape from a Siberian penal colony in 1940s Russia and need to make a difficult trek through some amazingly harsh elements in order to find their way out of the country by foot. This journey takes…
I think maybe we like stories like this in part to measure ourselves against them - "Could I do that?" But also, even to know that SOMEBODY could do that gives us hope. I looked up the true story aspects after the movie and was a bit heartbroken to see there's dispute over the fundamentals of the story. It really must have made me hopeful if the research made me that disappointed.
Effective "chapter breaks," story-wise and emotionally. The group clears the Soviet border into Mongolia, and I think to myself, "This movie is only halfway over? It has the narrative feel of an ending." Then I realize that effect was intentional, because I'm FEELING the crushing disappointment of the group's discovering how far Soviet influence reaches, and how far they have left to go. All accomplished without my interest flagging, which is a nifty trick.
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