The Way Back

New movie review from The Movie Snob

The Way Back (B+). Australian director Peter Weir (Witness) brings us this ode to human endurance. It’s based on a possibly true story (apparently there’s some controversy about this) about a small band of people who escaped from a Siberian gulag during WWII and walked all the way to freedom in India. Jim Sturgess (The Other Boleyn Girl) plays the group’s leader, a thoroughly decent young Polish fellow named Janusz whose wife was tortured by the Soviets until she accused her husband of being a spy. He is joined by several others–a hard-bitten American (Ed Harris, National Treasure: Book of Secrets), a Russian thief (Colin Farrell, Ondine), and a few more. Along the way they are joined by a Polish teenager who’s also on the run, an orphaned girl named Irena (Saoirse Ronan, Atonement). I really enjoyed it, although it’s certainly sad in parts. Ronan, whom I’ve liked ever since seeing her in City of Ember, is probably too pretty to be playing a supposedly starving orphan, but she certainly makes it believable that the men would adopt and protect her like a daughter. I think the film’s definitely worth seeing.

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6 comments on “The Way Back

  1. […] course, to the tunes of The Beatles.  A working-class lad from Liverpool named Jude (Jim Sturgess, The Way Back) migrates to America to find the father he never knew.  Once he gets to the States, Jude falls in […]

  2. […] by Elle Fanning) and X-Men: First Class.  In the mood for a road trip?  Try The Way, or perhaps The Way Back.  The former is a labor of love by Emilio Estevez, about a handful of pilgrims walking the El […]

  3. […] billing in this flick. I have liked her in everything I’ve seen her in — City of Ember, The Way Back, and Atonement, for which she was Oscar nominated. (Tom Hollander, who played the dorky Mr. Collins […]

  4. […] me with her talent in pretty much every film I have seen her in (City of Ember, Atonement, Hanna, The Way Back).  I wondered, would she be able to overcome the almost certainly bad source material she’d be […]

  5. […] This is not The Way, which is about pilgrims on the El Camino de Santiago in northern Spain, or The Way Back, which is about escapees from a Soviet concentration camp.  This is a new coming-of-age tale from […]

  6. […] her mother.  I enjoyed it, and it moved along with a brisk 94-minute run time.  Saoirse Ronan (The Way Back) shines as the title character (she’s named Christine McPherson, but she insists on being […]

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