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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.
Watched in March 2011
As war begins to rage in Europe and Poland is split between Germany and Russia, a young Polish man finds himself in a Gulag in Siberia in squalid conditions among a motley group of men from various backgrounds. Conditions are horrific, made worse by the harsh winter weather and life is made even worse if you are chosen to work in the mines. One inmate declares he knows a gap in the fence and a group of inmates decide under the cover of a winter storm to make a run for it. They manage to get away, far into the surrounding forest as the blizzard rages around them. But being free of the Gulag doesn't mean…
This movies really amazing
hope someone gave them some bazuka that verruca gel after walking all those miles
The accents, good lord, they are absolutely terrible. My heart was hurting every time a British actor spoke (excuse me, pretended to speak) Russian or Polish; no really, f*** that shit. Some of the slang/swearing was very much on point though.
Homens buscando sobreviver as pressões comunistas e procurando a sua liberdade. Além de terem que lutar contra os poderes políticos, também é travado o combate contra sua sede, fome e cansaço. É muito interessante ver até onde nós vamos em busca de algo, mesmo que seja simples e que não tenha valor.
Ein guter und interessanter Film. Leider reichte sicher nicht die Spielfilmlänge um alle Informationen unter zu bringen und alle Stationen sauber abzuhandeln. Kurzum, über vieles wird hinweggeflogen und besonders das Ende wird in sehr großen Schritten genommen. Da hätte ich mir doch eher eine ausführliche Dokumentation mit einem erklärenden Sprecher, Landkarten und Informationseinblendungen gewünscht.
Una storia che doveva essere narrata, ma è abbastanza pressapochista e poco attenta ai dettagli con una parte finale un po' troppo frettolosa. Come sunto superficiale non è male, ma non basta.
Looks fantastic...epic in scope but good god that's a dreadfully clunky ending.
Endlose Weiten aus Schnee, Eis, Sand und Steinen. Hunger, Durst und Krankheit.
In wahrhaft epischen Landschaftsbildern erzählt Peter Weir die endlose Wanderung von einigen Gulagflüchtlingen bis nach Indien. Der Weg gerät eindrücklich und mitreißend, nur wirklich nahe geht einem das Geschehen selten. Dazu bleiben die Charaktere zu schablonenhaft und letztendlich erfährt man auch kaum etwas über sie.
All the way from 'The Land Before Time' to 'The Social Network'.
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