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The Way Back

A movie directed by Peter Weir

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They Walked. And Walked. And Walked.

  • May 7, 2011

What is the furthest distance you’ve ever walked?   For me, it probably tops out somewhere around ten miles, and that was in good weather, wearing good shoes.  Still, my feet felt like they were going to fall off, my back ached, and I never wanted to take another step again.  (Yes, I’m kind of a wimp.)  ”The Way Back” is a film about a handful of men (and one fourteen year old girl) who escape from the gulags of Siberia and walk…all the way to India.   4000 miles, across some of the most treacherous, rugged, and beautiful country in the world.   Four.  Thousand.  Miles.

It’s an incredible story, a testament to the human will and endurance.  Sadly, that’s not enough to make it a compelling movie.  Because these men, and this girl, they don’t do much.  They walk, and walk, and walk.  Through blizzards, and swarms of mosquitos, across deserts, up mountains and down the other side.  ”The Way Back” is co-produced by National Geographic, and it’s filled with some really amazing photography of landscapes.  But it’s a movie about a long haul, and it’s a long haul of a movie.   It took an incredible amount of perseverance to complete this journey, and not everyone who embarked survived.  It’ll take a much smaller act of perseverance to finish this movie, but not everyone who starts it will make it to the end.

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review by . January 22, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         The Way Back is said to be about gulag escapees who, during World War II, trekked to freedom on a 4,000 mile journey from Siberia to India. I’m well aware that there are many true stories from that time about the triumph of the human spirit, but this particular story seems utterly impossible to me. Maybe it’s because the film is based on an autobiographical book that has, for all intents and purposes, been debunked. Or maybe it’s …
Quick Tip by . May 09, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Director Peter Weir’s “The Way Back” is a pretty straight-forward tale of human survival. It doesn’t try to be more and it doesn’t pretend to be more. Being based on ‘true events’, a viewer would know immediately what they would be in for once they go in to see this film.       The characters in the film have the clear-cut staple of what characters in this type of movies are all about. There is nothing really different or special …
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Director: Peter Weir
Release Date: 25 November 2010 (Argentina)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 133 min
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