Adapted from Slavomir Rawicz’s novel, Peter Weir’s The Way Back follows six prisoners who undertake the suicidal, desperate project of escape, including an arduous trek through the mountains and deserts of Mongolia and the Himalayas.
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Good but lacks intensity. Just think of what could have done the director of Picnic at Hanging Rock with such a script 30 years ago? The movie flopped at the box-office and is Weir's last directorial effort to this day.
A solid story that gets straight to the meat of the bone without wasting time on background detail. Compared to a masterpiece like Galipoli however, the way back is a straight survival tale hat resorts to stereotype and avoids any greater statement on the human condition. 3 stars
Not one of Peter Weirs best, but still a very good and very Weir-ish film. It's slow but always captivating and hysterically beautiful. I was absorbed by the landscapes and the almost tactile power of the nature that is portrayed. I could really feel the images. It's more like a National Geographic doc with reconstructions than a classic story with twists and turns, and therefore many will probably find it boring.
As usual, Peter Weir manages to excite and impress. The cast did an incredibly good job under his direction, and the sheer scope of the story alone was impressive. Wonderful editing, great pace, good ending. Overall it's a beautiful little film that treks across a continent and meditates on barbarity, friendship, and love all the while.
There are many good moments of high drama, difficulties, and even there were many good humour in it. Shot beautifully with magnificent cinematography that helps the audience realize the vastness of the journey from the panoramas that are dangerous and yet beautiful at the same time. This movie leaves me with a sense of appreciation for the freedom we have, particularly so in the final minutes of this remarkable film.
This is a wise film; pure story telling. There are few flares or whistles and some fine performances by some talented actors. The cinematography is beautiful and captures the scenery in a way that makes the internal battles playable. Not the finest script but not campy -which is rare in a film like this. Saoirse Ronan's perhaps not the right choice, Colin Farrell delivers. A VAST expanse; many beautiful moments.