(...) Der Film gibt vor, realen Begebenheiten zu folgen, doch sie sind es nicht. Ich habe keinen exklusiven "Arthaus" Geschmack, schliesslich bin ich Videothekar! Manchmal hätte ich mir auch von Peter Weir gewünscht, dass er etwas mehr Abenteuer und dafür weniger "Realismus" bietet. Vielleicht hätte er doch mehr anfangen können mit dem hübschen polnischen Mädchen?
Though people argued about the reality of this journey actually taking place, but if it weren't true.. I'm sure there were real events like it. You can't turn away from a film like this. This epic drama had quite and ensemble (Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess and Saoirse Ronan).
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
I enjoyed this film. Really good casting and make-up work. The film dragged, but I've been trying to decide if that is really a bad thing in this instance. I walked out of the theatre thinking, "wow, how did those people do that? they were walking forever!" so...did the slow speed of the film really just enforce how lengthy the journey was, or was the pacing just off. Either way, it is worth a watch.
I really liked the film. Read the book a few years back and was really interested to see how Weir took it. I don't think many directors could have done better. I cringe to think of a Spielberg version of this story, haha. I was a bit disappointed that he left out the sasquatch sighting toward the end of the story. That piece of the book had been a big issue in debates about the authenticity of the author