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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.
You'll feel guilty watching this movie if you're eating something.
And I would walk five hundred miles, And I would walk five hundred more...
Decent survival historical drama with beautiful scenary and great photography. The adventure that reveals the real power and strengths of human spirit and compassion, but also love, understanding and forgiveness. I'm usually not impressed by Colin Farrell but this role suits him perfectly!
Beautiful scenery, interesting story, characters not really fleshed out
Brutal with a happy ending.
Decent adventure movie from Peter Weir, that is over-saturated with its superficial political agenda. Every Russian character in a movie is either lowlife criminal or coward, while all the non-Russian escapees from Gulag (and that is the majority of them, which is unlikely in the first place) are innocent men, political prisoners. There is also obligatory female character forced in the movie. Contrast between "free world" and eastern block is illustrated in a plastic way when they reach "free" India. While no person our heroes meet on the Soviet side smiles, India is shown as utopia were colors are brighter and where friendly and happy farmers live (image that is ironically similar to typical agitprop posters). Finally, there is an…
Epic visuals but a confusing screenplay and many tedious, repetitive stretches.
And it's not even based on a true story. The book that it's based on has been debunked by BBC. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6098218.stm
What a shame.
I really wanted to like this film.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Man, the sequel (The Way, Way Back) really went in a whole new direction, huh?
Sidenote: really glad neither films have a rape scene
Valka: Don't you know what "Stalin" means, funny man? Means man-of-steel. He takes from rich, and gives to poor.
Zoran: Yes, of course he does. Then he takes both of them, and puts them in Gulag for 25 years.
Whether or not this is actually based on a true story, it remains a beautiful tale of determination and defying all odds. The great cast (including Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Saoirse Ronan, and Mark Strong) really makes you care about the slowly bonding group as they travel mile after mile through harsh conditions and dangerous environments.
Director Peter Weir has accomplished a magnificent - and undoubtedly not a cheap task, and managed to capture the variety of landscapes in beautiful shots.…
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