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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.
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…
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…
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.
A bit of a non-event, really. No matter how true the story is, and no matter how well it's shot, you can't escape the fact that this is really quite boring. I would say that this was disappointing, but it's exactly what I was expecting.
An overlong, averagely acted bore.
If you think it's just endless walking, wait till you see The Loneliest Planet.
I loved this because I don't know why. Thats it.
Spectacular story of a human experience that, albeit not entirely factual, is an endearing journey through the endurance of the human spirit and willingness to survive..and help his fellow man. Masterfully acted & directed, with astonishing production value and location research.
This movie's got a lot of problems. It's often tedious, which is something I could not have said about Weir's other films (and I'm a big fan of his). The characters are thin, the story is lacking, and, truth be told, not a whole lot happens in 2 1/2 hours: it's mostly just one shot after another of people walking through deserts -- seriously, just walking, walking, walking. Basically, what Ebert says in his review.
But also like Ebert, I'm far from sorry that I made an effort to watch it because there's much to like here. Ed Harris and Colin Farrell are both great. The final shot brought out the sap in me: I don't think I've ever gotten…
Good. Really good
I thoroughly enjoyed this film once I was able to put up with Colin Farrell's horrible accent. I seriously could not stand it.
Great story tells of escaped prisoners who escape the tundra of Siberia and walk the 4,000 mile journey to India. They encounter many hardships.
Wonder settings and beautiful landscapes seem to be their own characters in the film apart from the main protagonist.
It was a bit long but never felt like it dragged on due to all the hardships they were put through.
A must watch.
I almost feel like, being as ridiculously hung over as I was, I had an understanding of what these guys were going through. Sure, I was drinking bottled, Aquafina water to rehydrate after a night of binge drinking, and the characters in the movie were dropping dead from dehydration and starvation brought on by the need to walk 4000 miles through frozen tundras, deserts and mountains to escape the evil clutches of Communism and/or the Nazi regime... but you know what I'm saying.
As far as the movie I thought it was pretty good, if not great. It was exactly what I expected: long, epic in feel, not spectacular in any single way, but above average in most places. Not something I'd go way out of my way to see, but it was good hangover fodder.
Decent but not great movie, which from Peter Weir is a pretty big disappointment. Roger Ebert’s review is spot-on. The story, while inspiring, is just not that interesting, and the characters aren’t strong enough to sustain it.
Plus, the movie opens with a title card telling you how many of them made it to the end of their journey, so you spend the film waiting for them to drop off one by one. Really odd choice.
You’re going to get epic scale any time Peter Weir is involved in a film and that’s certainly present as we follow a group of escapees from a Russian World War 2 gulag. There’s a lot of walking involved as the group moves from Siberia across Mongolia and Tibet to India and the necessary attendant drama. Weir also has a talent for eliciting notable performances and both Sturgess and Harris shine as the two leaders of the group. I know they were going for authenticity but some of the accents were so deep as to make the language indecipherable, especially whenever Farrell was talking. I’m not sure this ever really happened but it was a great testament to the human need for freedom and what we’ll go through to achieve it. The Siberian tourist agency (if one exists) however is not going to be happy with this film.
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