This movie is based on a true story about the 1940's escape of several inmates from one of Stalin's infamous Siberian prisons. The men have been almost de-humanized in the camps and even though their sojourn, on foot, from Siberia to India is marked by death, starvation, fear, cold and heat, the journey allows their humanity to re-emerge. The movie focuses more on the group's survival instincts than on the individuals which, I think, is a reflection of their experience. The ending is nicely done, understated, and allows the acting, rather than wordy dialogue, to portray what the motive for survival was about.
The actors, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, and the rest of the cast, are excellent. There are no moments of drama just for drama, and the actors rose above most of what I have seen them do in previous movies. Ed Harris is outstanding, as always, and sets a tone of quiet desperation mixed with sorrow and determination. I'm sure making the movie was a once in a lifetime experience for them as they must have endured very dangerous and unpleasant settings in the mountains and deserts in which the film takes place. Saorise Ronan brings a positive and vulnerable energy to the group in her role as the orphan who follows, and then joins the group.
I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys movies that are historical and based on true events, or anyone who likes good acting and great film THE WAY BACK