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The Way Back (Blu-ray)

Released on 09 May 2011

Featuring: Colin Farrell, Ed Harris & Jim Sturgess

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 12 years & over

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The Way Back is the critically acclaimed new release from renowned director Peter Weir (Master and Commander, The Truman Show), starring Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Mark Strong and Saoirse Ronan. Inspired by an incredible true story, this epic film of survival against-the-odds tells the story of a group of seven prisoners who escaped from a Soviet gulag in Stalin-era Russia and walked over 4,000 miles across some of the most unforgiving terrain in the world, crossing the Siberian Arctic, the Gobi desert and the Himalayas before finally arriving in British-ruled India.


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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.

Although the historical factual basis of the film has since been altered - director Peter Weir now acknowledges the film is more a work of fiction than an actual true story - that doesn't really weaken the power of the underlying story of human survival displayed. Given that many attempts were made to do the kind of things that the characters here do, the film still stands to them and to the spirit of humanity and will in general.

An excellent piece of cinema.

 A test of endurance.

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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. The problems are that the walk is long (we get that), but its so long, it doesn't maintain interest and you pray for it to be finished. Also the characterisations of the criminal escapees are very thin, so you have trouble caring or relating to them on any level and at times it feels like a documentary.

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ActorsColin Farrell, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan, Dragos Bucur & Alexandru Potocean
DirectorPeter Weir
Certificate12 years and over
Year2010
ScreenWidescreen
LanguagesEnglish