The Way Back [Blu-ray + DVD] (Bilingual)
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Directed by Peter Weir
Starring Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell and Saoirse Ronan
Image Entertainment | 2010 | 133 min | Rated PG-13 | Released Apr 22, 2011
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English SDH, Spanish
Single 50GB Blu-ray Disc
The Way Back is the story of an epic journey and the determination of the human spirit. Peter Weir (Dead Poets Society) directs and gives us an inspirational tale of hardship, perseverance, and what it means to be free.
I wouldn't normally suggest this, but it's a good idea to skip the first chapter of the film. Those first two minutes and 15 seconds contain two things: a list of credits explaining which studios were responsible for making the film and a brief text-only prologue. The prologue reveals too much of the story. It explains how many people survive the journey, their gender and where they walk to. The film still works, but I think it's better to view it without knowing those details. It was presumably done to pay tribute to those who made the historical journey. You won't miss a single frame of the film if you skip it.
The story opens with an interrogation sequence in which a Polish woman is made to inform on her husband, Janusz (Sturgess). He's sent to a Siberian prison camp as a result. The year is 1940; a time when Stalin and Hitler were trying to conquer various parts of Europe.
Janusz meets a variety of prisoners, but we aren't told much about their origins. Because of this lack of exposition, it's difficult to tell one prisoner from the other at the start of the film.Read more ›
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 BACKmaking.
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Inspiring story, with Peter Weir's usual ominous undertone and beautiful imagery and photography.Published 20 months ago by Khufu
This movie, while billed as a stunning portrayal of human courage, heroism and survival instincts, lacks a credible plot and character development. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2013 by Ian Gordon Malcomson