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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…
I think they earned a trip to a water park
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…
The mere concept of this plot---prisoners of a Siberian gulag escape by walking 4000 miles southbound, until they reach India---already shows an inherent difficulty: The protagonists have a starting point and a goal that we the audience know beforehand, and the way between these two is pure narrative gambling. Why care? We know the outcome already.
Peter Weir's approach to this dilemma is to take the time to get emotionally invested in the protagonists. Therefore, over half an hour of gulag stress is shown. This is clever since one can feel the dreadfullnes of such a prison; but my inner voice liked to shout into the cutter's face: "Let them leave, already!".
However. We get to see the actors wander…
A journey through scenic views and a pure survival story at its heart...its just a shame that there wasn't much conflict going on other than that. It's getting from point A to point B. Good performances but there is lack of character and interest in other areas of the movie.
Interesting and brave journey, but the story lacks emotional impact.
Escape from a Russian gulag! Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Um, Uyghur folk wrestling probably, unless that's just some weird sex move! Then, no: I'm not thinking about it and you're not thinking about it. Supposedly inspired by 1956's The Long Walk, a memoir by a Polish POW, Sławomir Rawicz, who escaped from a Soviet gulag and walked 4,000 miles home during World War II (though some of that's in doubt still), THE WAY BACK is a cool instruction on how not to die. Stay warm, hydrated, nourished with a variety of food, protected from the elements. So cold, yeah, but why does it need to be so boring too? The film, I mean.
Naïve little aesthetic bits, sketching…
Surprisingly good adaptation of a favorite (if unreliable) memoir of mine by the underrated Peter Weir. I watched this in a cold place, which seemed appropriate.
Farrell, Harris, and Ronan are terrific here like you'd expect, but Sturgess really makes a case for being the true standout.
This is a movie that is good at showing survival, but there really is no conflict other than that. It is just getting from point a to point b. There are so many quick cuts without music or action, where I asked myself, what was the point of that? Ed Harris was my favorite character and there really is no follow up on him at the end which is disappointing. Just a decent survival film, nothing much else to say.
#215. The incredible (possibly true) story of the journey of several POWs from a Siberian Gulag during WWII.
I think they earned a trip to a water park
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