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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.
Tries its hardest to seem epic, but ends up feeling weirdly self-contained. Peter Weir has managed to deliver exciting films on a large scale before, but for some reason this felt quite forced. Some pretty good acting on show, but I'm a little frustrated that the cast is the usual English-speaking-actors-trying-to-sound-Eastern-European - it got distracting as the film went on.
Despite the plodding nature of a film like this, the script has some pacing issues and ends quite abruptly with very little to resonate with. None of the characters are remotely interesting, so there's little emotional impact - you can tell that's something that was being wrestled with behind the camera...not trying to appear too sentimental or pulling at heartstrings. A technically solid film, but without any heart or depth.
Certainly not a happy film. Good at what it is trying to do but also not happy AT ALL
Der Weg einer kleinen Gruppe aus der Kriegsgefangenschaft in die Freiheit. Ausstattung, Kamera und Schauspieler ist alles auf hohem Niveau. Leider hat mich das Ganze nicht so richtig gepackt, da ich irgendwie eine distanzierte Beziehung zu den Charakteren aufgebaut habe.
Lohnt sich aber aufgrund der tollen Leistung von Ed Harris und den fantastischen Landschaftsaufnahmen.
Film #25 of the "Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Imagine the bitter cold as it cuts through your coat and bites at your fingers and nose. Imagine how thirsty you are after a long workout. Imagine how hungry you are after a long day without food. Now multiply all of this by about 1,000 to get an idea of the misery of Janusz (Jim Sturgess), Mr. Smith (Ed Harris), Valka (Colin Farrell), and the other men as they endure the grueling, never-ending 4,000 mile journey to India after escaping from their imprisonment at a Siberian gulag.
Peter Weir's "The Way Back" takes the audience on a painful journey alongside a diverse group of men with dark histories. The diversity…
A survival against all odds movie. Compelling to watch but at times a little too slow.
Originally published on FranktheMonkey.com
The words “inspired by real events” are enough to raise alarm bells for many cinema-goers, as it is so often attached to film's with only the most tenuous connection with reality, from historical dramas to low-budget paranormal-horror flicks. The Way Back begins with a dedication to the three people who completed the journey depicted in the film; needless to say it isn't the same number that we see at the end of the film.
Director Peter Weir is certainly a man who chooses his projects carefully. As his first film since 2003's Master and Commander, Weir once again tackles a tale of men struggling to survive in some of the most extreme and exotic places in…
Peter Weir heeft zich door National Geographic laten inhuren voor het vastleggen van woeste natuur, van vrieskoud woud tot schroeiend woestijnzand en alle daartussen liggende ongerepte landschapsvarianten. De barre tocht van de uit Siberische kampen ontsnapte gevangenen verloopt precies zoals je van dit soort overlevingsfilms verwacht – je weet wie als eerste door de diepvriestemperaturen wordt overmand en wie gehavend maar levend de juiste grens van India weet te bereiken. Het enige leermoment in The Way Back is dat er een eenvoudig ogende methode bestaat voor het weghouden van muggen. Enige uitleg of recept blijft frustrerend genoeg onvermeld.
The story of a group of prisoners in a Soviet camp in Siberia. They make plans to escape, but not all of them will survive.
Problems with the movie are as follows:
- There are so many people on the journey all competing for our attention.
- Rather than getting an equal spread of our attention, it comes to feel more like each character has a very specific role to play, outside of which some may get very little attention at all.
- The movie is too long.
- The decision to use real clips from history towards the end feels trite and detracts from the story of the survivors.
- The lead actor looks like both Emile Hirsch and…
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