The Way Back
- 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.
This film is not currently showing in cinemas.
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Profile: The Way Back director Peter Weir16 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 Back10 Dec 2010
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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