Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Way Back (2010)

Director: Peter Weir. Cast: Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Saoirse Ronan, Mark Strong. 133 min. Rated PG-13. Adventure/Drama.

Apparently based on a true story of a few who escaped Stalin's Gulag, and trekked 4,000 miles south on foot to reach India. "Apparently", because the film cuts short on the details of this humanly impossible feat. Certain perilous parts of the journey (how they got through the camp's barb wire; how they went on weeks in the Gobi desert without food) have been edited out. The screenplay's faults make this otherwise well-acted "road movie" (with the usual phenomenal performance by Harris) somewhat difficult to digest. Worthy of viewing, but incomparable to Weir's Dead Poets Society, Truman Show, or Fearless.

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