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The Way Back 2010

  • Peter Weir
  • September 3, 2010
  • 133 mins
  • English
  • Adventure, Drama, History
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.


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It has a good basic idea, some great actors, and the details are done with great care and realism. But with all the walking and time the movie spends with it, there's very little actual character depth. It feels like the movie has to rush through so many moments that it can't spend much time on any of them. The scene with the girl walking from guy to guy telling them about the other people really looks like an awkward and quick way to force some back story onto the viewer.

The result is that some of the supposedly most dramatic moments fail to have the impact they should have. Not a bad movie, just not great either.

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A drama for sure that is not tied up perfectly by the end. I appreciated the realism even if the story may not be 100% true. What hardship and perseverance.

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Great story, brilliant acting!!

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