At the camp in Siberia, Janusz, a Polish POW is sentenced to 20 years in the gulag. At the camp in Siberia, Janusz meets a few other criminals and form a group to make an escape. The Way Back depicts their super-adventurous escape and their journey over thousands of miles across five hostile countries.
At the camp in Siberia, Janusz, a Polish POW is sentenced to 20 years in the gulag. At the camp in Siberia, Janusz meets a few other criminals and form a group to make an escape. The Way Back depicts their super-adventurous escape and their journey over thousands of miles across five hostile countries. less
“The screenplay becomes predictable and uninteresting beyond a point, but Weirs visual wizardry keeps you only a few inches away from the edge of your seat.”
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A man asks Go over the Himalayas, How Jim Sturgess says we walk. This one line from the trailer hooked me. The other bait was Peter Weir directing a film after 7 years but then I saw the film and thought why did he pick this story to return to direction after such a long time?
The Way Back is set in 1941 and is about a bunch of people who escape from a prison in Siberia and walk 4000 miles and finally stop walking when they reach India. The film is beautifully shot and well acted. In fact the actors deliver a physically demanding performance but the screenplay is completely disengaging. I didnt feel for any of the characters because of which after a point I was bored of watching their survival scenes. The script is so predictable that at times you wonder whether something like this happened or someone just made up or exaggerated all of this. While watching the film I felt that Peter Weir got too obsessed about the visuals and it looked like most of the writing was there to create good visual blocks. A film like this requires the audience to connect with the characters, feel for them emotionally then only will they become a part of their adventure. I wonder how this movie would have turned out into the hands of Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle. This subject was completely up their alley. Peter Weir should choose his next film very carefully but he should make one soon. Hope we wont have to wait another 7 years for his next one.
Final few words: if you can sit thorough two hours of lethargic storytelling just for some great visuals and fine performances then head towards the theatres or else skip this long walk to boredom.