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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.
- Ed Harris does a good Ed Harris.
- Some nice postcard-shots.
- The acting is nothing special for most of the ensemble, silly accents don't help.
- I wish the movie had had a more factual/procedural element (especially since it goes for the "based on a true story" route); How did they catch fish? How long did they go without water? Where did they suddenly get new clothes? Maybe a voice-over, or at least some datestamps; as it stands the viewer never even finds out how long the journey took.
A story of survival within a Siberian Gulag and after escaping from that Gulag. Beautifully filmed with fine performances and good (though not enough) details of survival. A deliberately paced movie which avoids spectacle in favor of credibility; ironic as the story it is based on was likely invented, though offered up as a true account.
Seeing "The Way Back" made me want to see "Dersu Uzala" again.
The movie that has people walking and sitting down, doing nothing.
More like The Way Boring.
Thoroughly average film about a group of prisoners of pre-WWII Russia. Its the longest film I watched this week and it felt like it. We are shown a group of prisoners walking from Siberia to India for much of that runtime, yet it continually feels they are taking a stroll in a nearby forest. The characters are all defined but they never come to life, despite some heavy handed and opportunistic background stories we sort of get to know during the film. The main protagonist is a Pole who was accused of being anti-communist by the authorities and he leads his group of people from A to B. Many times problems appear, but the film solves them easily by allowing…
A great story about the human will to survive. The cinematography is gorgeous, though a bit of the camera work is uninspired. The acting is wonderfully effective and heartbreaking. Overall, the movie is terrific, with only a few moments that are subpar.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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An excellent movie based on retelling the true story of a group of people that escape a siberian gulag and travel 4000 miles to be free.
Ed Harris carries this movie as Mr. Smith, an American sentenced tot eh gulag for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Highly recommend a viewing.
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