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The Way Back

The Way Back

3.2 92 Ratings

Directed by : Peter Weir

Release Date : | Length : 133 Minutes

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plot

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.

Verdict

“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.”

The Way Back Credit & Casting

Peter Weir

The Way Back Audience Review

Man Vs. The Wild

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Rated 2.0 / 5
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by Mehul Suri (50 DM Points) | See all my reviews

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The war between man and nature is a long one. And so is this film. Director Peter Weir takes from Polish lieutenant Slavomir Rawicz autobiographical novel The Long Walk, and converts it into a visually stunning treat. You marvel at how nature can be so beautiful yet so unforgiving making you commend the men who survive over the wild, well almost. Hollywood tends to follow what is their formula and therefore 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.

The logline of the story sums it up. Six fugitives of the Soviet regime make their way from an inaccessible Siberian prison in the north to India on foot. So you can expect all your clichs here, right from the scraps within the motley group to looking out for one another. There even is a girl thrown in for good measure. But you fall for all of it. I guess the formula does work.
The acting is bearable. The leads are either British, Irish or American. So their Russian accent sounds a bit odd in places. But overall everyone seems to manage. Collin Farrell gets in a few laughs. Ed Harris (A Beautiful Mind and The Rock) gives in a seasoned performance. Nothing extraordinary from anyone to write home about.

The film got an Oscar nod for Best Achievement In Makeup. It gets mine too. But unless you are a hardcore movie maniac, that might escape your eye. Director Weir often explores subjects where people find themselves in surroundings and deal with what happens. His The Truman Show (Jim Carrey) and Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World (Russell Crowe) bear testimony to the fact. The Way Back is another step towards cementing his own genre. But I would expect something a little more nuanced from the director of Dead Poets Society the next time.

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