Epic adventure chronicling man's will to live and be free
20 June 2014
Excerpt: Wow, blind buy after reading the reviews, I loved it! I'm going to keep this short as the other reviews have done a great job describing this film. It's Peter Weir, it's an epic drama. Ed Harris is excellent in his role, as is Colin Farrell. Highly recommended if you like this genre.
Excerpt: This was not what I expected. The film was set during World War 2 and features 7 prisoners escaping from a Soviet gulag in Siberia and their 4000 mile trek to freedom. It is well filmed and features some great cinematography. It has several well developed characters with good back-stories. I really enjoyed this film and think anyone who is an adventure seeker will enjoy it as well. The ordeal these men and one woman endured is amazing and well portrayed.
Excerpt: The year is 1940. Europe is in their Second World War. A group of multi-national prisoners a locked in the world’s worst prison known as Siberia. Siberia is a prison by nature. Harsh winters, thousands of miles from the closet part of civilization an escape seems near impossible. Not wanting to die, this group of seven decides to do the impossible and escape from hell on Earth. The Way Back is presented in a stunning 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer.
Excerpt: The Way Back (drama, history, adventure) Directed by Peter Weir Starring Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell and Saoirse Ronan 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.
Excerpt: The film is great, not something I'll watch over and over again, but it's a special movie, I'll watch once in a while, preferably with friends or family. PQ: Generally speaking, the transfer is very good, and there are only a handful of minor issues. One is that black levels aren't always as deep as they could be, and noise creeps in during those scenes. It happens more often when they are still in the camp.
Excerpt: Equipment used for review: Sharp LC-46SB57UN 46" 120Hz 1080p LCD (24fps), Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 Receiver, Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1, & LG BH200 Super Blu Cast/Crew Info: Dragos Bucur as Zoran Colin Farrell as Valka Ed Harris as Mr. Smith Alexandru Potocean as Tomasz Saoirse Ronan as Irena Gustaf Skarsgård as Voss Mark Strong as Khabarov Jim Sturgess as Janusz Sebastian Urzendowsky as Kazik Zahary Baharov as Interrogator Directed by Peter Weir My take: (the breakdown) It is 1940...
good movie about true history inspired by people on the run
24 April 2011
Excerpt: good cast in this flick for sure good direction but had hoped for better grand visuals and filmmaking. That's okay but thought this movie was pretty good despite PG-13 rating as I had hoped for R-rating and some serious sadness... But the ending surprised me. Peter Weir did a decent job overall with this.
Excerpt: Another blind buy that was well worth the price of admission. The Way Back is inspired by actual events that took place in the early 1940's as seven prisoners held in a Siberian gulag escape captivity and journey some 4000 miles through some of the World's most treacherous landscapes known to man. Ed Harris and Colin Farrell star in this gripping and excellent film from director Peter Weir.
Conclusion: This received some good reviews so I decided to give it a go. A small group of Siberian prisoners embark on a 4,000 journey that will ultimately test their human spirit to the very core. The hardships they endure are gruelling, as they encounter punishing unforgiving landscapes. The film is stark and realistic in its portrayal of the grim and squalid conditions, plus the cinemtography of the landscapes is stunning.
Conclusion: A beautifully crafted and shot drama based around a group of Siberian prisoners who escape and embark on a 4000 mile journey across desolate landscapes (including the unforgiving Siberian cold, baking desert and the mighty Himalayas) to India and freedom.