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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…
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…
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,…
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.
Unintentional Bunch-Of-Guys-Walking-Through-The-Wilderness Movie Night #1.
Bunch of prisoners break out of Siberian prison camp. Walking through the wintery wilderness ensues. Followed by walking through the desert. Then more walking through wintery wilderness.
Based on a supposedly-true story that probably isn't.
Despite all this, it stays interesting throughout. Perhaps because Saoirse Ronan perks up the second act.
Lots of nice scenery and a heart-jerking ending.
Survival was a kind of protest.
One of the best scenario, acting and scenes in the journey movies.
Siberian gulag escapees walk 4000 miles overland to freedom in India.
Basically an adventure drama made with expertise, wonderful landscape photography and a good cast, the political message is merely an afterthought.
6 prisoners escape from Russian Siberia jail . The story started from world war 2. one spy , professional killer , one professor, one night blind man, one woman in the middle way.how they r crossing in borders ? did they survived or not ? rest of the things watch the movie.nice to watch
In WW2, a group of prisoners in a Russian gulag in Siberia attempt to escape and walk to freedom, battling hunger, dehydration, extreme weather, mountains and desert.
An epic setting and inspiring storyline swamp the off-the-shelf chalk-and-cheese characters. Even Ed Harris goes through the motions and he's Ed Harris. Moments like the discovery that Mongolia is under Communist control and no help should be devastating sucker-punches but they're not, they're just another destination on Weir's travelogue.
I adore most of Peter Weir's films but sadly this is one of his most uninspired entries. It's all way too earnest yet never does it feel truly gruelling and the unconvincing stage sets compromise the integrity of it all. The actors have very little to do but wear progressively worsening make up and walk... a lot.
The audacity of the whole thing often feels lightweight and flippant, as though travelling the vast distances they manage was not all that troubling. Sure it takes it's toll - as the countless shots of mangy feet and scorched faces show us- but the episodic nature of each terrain and the ridiculously cut short Himalayan section only serve to undercut the epic undertaking.
Big disappointment from a director capable of much, much better.
An extended version of the best parts of Seven Years in Tibet.
A truly awe inspiring true story. Beautiful scenery. Wouldn't say any of the actors really shined, but no one was bad either, which is good considering they all were acting with accents. Thought it was nice to see Jim Sturgess acting again, then I realized this was from 2010, shut time flies. Just wiish there could have a few more intense moments, but overall it was a good enough story to keep my interest, despite the fact that it is a movie about walking.
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