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The Way Back

The Way Back
  • 2010
  • US
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peter Weir
  • Cast: Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Saoirse Ronan, Mark Strong, Dragoş Bucur, Gustaf Skarsgård
  • Language: English, Russian, Polish

Bluntly heroic prison-escape drama relating the story of an epic jailbreak by a group of men from a Siberian gulag and their subsequent trek home. Scenic and powerful, but poorly scripted and light on the characterisation.

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Profile: The Way Back director Peter Weir

16 Dec 2010

Australian director of Gallipoli, Witness and Dead Poet’s Society

There is an argument to be made that Weir is one of the most underrated directors working today. The stats in his favour include having directed five Oscar nominated performances, from luminaries such as Linda Hunt (who won), Rosie Perez, Harrison Ford…

The Way Back

10 Dec 20103 stars

Heavy on pretty spectacle but light on character development

(12A) 133min Australian filmmaker Peter Weir (Master and Commander, The Truman Show) defies most prison escape movie conventions to make a film that is heavy on pretty Lawrence of Arabia-type spectacle but light on significant character development.

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