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The Way Back

A movie directed by Peter Weir

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  • May 9, 2011
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 about them and their interactions with each other are pretty much the same stuff that we’ve seen in other films in this genre. It did have some elements that I liked such as the inclusion of a young woman who joins the merry band of travelers and Weir handled this end quite nicely; but otherwise the film is very predictable when it came to characterization.
 
However, Weir’s film is nicely shot and there are indeed moments when I thought the harrowing ordeal that our protagonists had gone through was involving enough to keep the film aloft. There were moments that the film felt rather redundant and could’ve stood to have been edited a little better. I had issues with the passage of time in the film, and I feel that it should’ve certainly been handled better.
 
Despite several rough spots, “The Way Back” is a good film, but it just never hits a homerun. It wins but that victory doesn’t define anything. [3 ½ Out of 5 Stars]



 
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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 …
review by . May 07, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
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Director: Peter Weir
Release Date: 25 November 2010 (Argentina)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 133 min
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