Newmarket Films | Release Date: January 21, 2011
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Falling_HammerJul 8, 2011
What would you do to survive? Would you become an animal that will do anything to survive or would there still be some humanity left in you? Would you rely on good will of other people or would you just look after yourself? Would you beWhat would you do to survive? Would you become an animal that will do anything to survive or would there still be some humanity left in you? Would you rely on good will of other people or would you just look after yourself? Would you be ruthless, merciless, without any sympathy to other beings or would you show mercy, offer shelter, give food even if you know that it will lead to your death? This is a film that brings out these questions and let's you answer them for yourself. A gripping film with good acting and in my opinion one of better film that have came out this year. Expand
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mittalraman01Jan 23, 2011
Movie was pretty entertaining and involving. There is no proof of the story being a fact and true history. Peter Weir has done a great job in this regard.
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quillberJan 3, 2011
gruelling true life prison escape and ensuing journey. i found saoirse ronan's performance particularly touching. beautiful, moving, in parts humorous snapshot of 1940's wartime madness.
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heyitsmegrif4Dec 23, 2011
It features incredible performances from Colin Farrel, Saoirse Ronan and Jim Sturgess. And it is backed up by a mighty storyline even though the way it is told is a bit boring. I give this movie 66%.
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KarthXLRJan 22, 2011
It's a prison escape film with all the interesting characters removed to make way for the grand visuals and experience of traveling 4000 miles. Very entertaining, but not perfect in the slightest.
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mrcriticJan 22, 2011
This prison escape is grueling, touching, and at times humorous. From Siberia to India, this true life prison escape is wonderful. Colin Farrell actually did great in this film, for the time he's in it. Overall, this movie is great for anybody.
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pandateddybearApr 23, 2011
Really enjoyed it.. Great adventure and very entertaining great performance by great actors. Great pictures and bluray version looks great! highly recommended!
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ManasWWMNov 21, 2013
Everything in this movie is just PERFECT.It is very difficult to find a good movie based on survival and this one is in the top 3 so far as per me.The characters are outstanding,the cinematography is at its best,locations were excellent.ThereEverything in this movie is just PERFECT.It is very difficult to find a good movie based on survival and this one is in the top 3 so far as per me.The characters are outstanding,the cinematography is at its best,locations were excellent.There is not a single flaw that I can point out. Expand
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MrFugiReviewsJan 26, 2011
"The Way Back" is a movie I really don't ahve too much to say about. Saiorse Ronan (The Lovely Bones) was good and I definitley see her as a future Oscar-winning actress, like I did with Natalie Portman when she was in "The Professional"."The Way Back" is a movie I really don't ahve too much to say about. Saiorse Ronan (The Lovely Bones) was good and I definitley see her as a future Oscar-winning actress, like I did with Natalie Portman when she was in "The Professional". But, latley, the spotlight for actress youth has bin on Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit). The film follows a dramatic tone of soldiers trying to find the way back home. Colin Farrell and Ed Harris are also in this movie and they give the best performace you can give when playing a soldier who has escaped from a prison camp. Anyway, its good, but its truly nothing special. [PG-13] 6/10 Expand
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ShiiraFeb 4, 2011
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Janusz(Jim Sturges) won't sign the paper, the document which purports him to be a party subversive, an enemy of the Stalinist state. Charged with making critical remarks about the Soviet dictator, the Polish calvary officer knows that by endorsing the charges leveled against him, he'll be sent on a one-way trip to Siberia, no questions asked, so the pen remains on the desk, untouched, next to the death warrant. The hand is in rebellion; the hand has eyes. It can practically see the snow looming on Janusz's horizon. Siberia, the source of so many Russian jokes about the red days of the former U.S.S.R., in its original context, was obviously no laughing matter. The administrator, growing ever impatient with the stalemate at hand, expedites the process of obtaining his charge's signature by employing an old totalitarian antic on the railroaded man. A crying woman is shown into the room; his wife, they got to her, and by the tortured look on her face, Janusz knows right away that he better start packing, and even though the accusing words which freely flow from her lips are a mere formality, the husband still can't believe what he's hearing. Inside the gulag, the cold, cold gulag, situated against the worst that the wilderness has to offer, a prison that offers all the comforts of hell, it would only be natural if Janusz turned into a misogynist, especially when he's selected for mining detail. The coal mine looks like a place that could change a man. Down in the shaft, the betrayed husband has a vision of home, a fever dream which stops just before his first-person self spies a rock next to the front door. Although the hallucination looks like a nostalgic projection of longing to resume with an old life as it was, the dream self's fleeting occupation with the rock may indicate a murderous desire to use the seemingly innocuous object as a weapon against the person who sentenced him to oblivion.This vision, a reoccurring one, demonstrates how, in bypassing the rock, Janusz never allows his hurt feelings to congeal into a deep-seated grudge. Too bad. "The Way Back" could sure use an angry man, but that anger never rises to the surface. Nothing rises to the surface. Sex and cannibalism is not on the filmmaker's menu. He's a good man, this Janusz, who escapes from the gulag with some other men, also good(the Russian, notwithstanding), perfect gentlemen, as it so happens, when on their journey to escape from the Soviet Union, they encounter a pretty young girl(Sairose Ronan), and none of them, not even Valka(Colin Farrell), who had stabbed a fellow inmate for his sweater, makes a pass at her. What is this? A film from the nineteen-forties? But even a nun, Ruth from Michael Powell's "Black Narcissus"(1947), also set in the Himalayas, had sex on the brain. The problem with "The Way Back" is that the filmmaker does sexualize the Siberian prisoners, then forgets about their virility, and proceeds to give them blue balls. If anything, "The Way Back" tries to prove that exposure to pornographic images doesn't necessarily lead to sexual deviancy on the peruser, or the pornographer's part. Back at the gulag, Valka had commissioned an artist named Tamasz(Alexandru Potocean) to do pencil drawings of denuded women, and interestingly enough, it's the pornographer who goes back for Irena, right after they capture and kill an animal trapped in mud. It's interesting because pornographers are often accused of treating women like meat, but alas, the girl goes unmolested, which means that "The Way Back", in the absence of sexual tension, fills the void with walking and talking, walking and talking, and a lot of starving and dehydration for the duration of its running time. It didn't have to be that way. When the prisoners reach the Russian border, Valka, the hardlining Communist, decides to remain in the U.S.S.R., which would be perfectly plausible for a man who has Lenin tattooed on his chest, but still, you can't help but shake the feeling that there's a little contrivance at work here, since Valka's removal makes the filmmaker's job of keeping Irena chaste, a whole lot easier. In Mongolia, en route to the Himalayas, some men on horseback stop the weary travelers and ask Smith(Ed Harris) if she's his wife. "Daughter," replies the American, who, perhaps, had decided on a strictly platonic relationship with the Polish girl back in Russia, where the girl came on to him like a filial daughter, in which she tenderly washed his bloodied foot at a nearby stream. When the Mongolian inquires about the girl's relationship to Smith, it's virtually the only mention of sex, however oblique, throughout their long and arduous journey. Expand
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JamesLJan 30, 2011
The scenery is the star in this film. I was slightly dumbfounded how a film with this subject matter could lack suspense or emotion. Still, it is watchable but it never delivers. Walk, walk, walk, sand, sand and more sand.
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Andys_ReviewsAug 31, 2012
There is a bit of a spoiler at the beginning of the film where the audience is told how many make it to India which does take a little of the impact away from the film. You find yourself wondering just when various cast members might eitherThere is a bit of a spoiler at the beginning of the film where the audience is told how many make it to India which does take a little of the impact away from the film. You find yourself wondering just when various cast members might either meet their demise or decide to take another path. It Expand
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RyanGeeJan 22, 2011
If an epic comprises of too many repetitive details, it would be best to keep it short and to the point. These were the thoughts that went through my head when watching The Way Back. With that said, by no means is this film lackluster, theIf an epic comprises of too many repetitive details, it would be best to keep it short and to the point. These were the thoughts that went through my head when watching The Way Back. With that said, by no means is this film lackluster, the cast is strong and the plot fascinating; But it is a disappointment that this compeller of a story is only half of the epic that it is intended to be.

Academy Award nominated director Peter Weir returns from a seven year hiatus with the quasi film adaptation of The Long Walk, a proclaimed true story of six men who walked 4000 miles from Siberia to India. While the validity of this story still remains questionable, Weir uses solely the premise of this epic, substituting the characters with ones of his own creation. The beginning of the film we see the main protagonist Janusz (Jim Sturgess), a Polish prisoner of war who has been accused of sabotage and espionage towards the Communist Party. He is then sent to serve twenty years at a Siberian gulag. There he meets an American, Mr. Smith (Ed Harris) who insists that kindness can kill you here. Janusz and Mr. Smith, along with four other men including Russian criminal Valka (Colin Ferell), devise an escape plan to escape the gulag. Peter Weir is really brief in this portion of the movie with the escape being described in under half an hour. As a result, the characters are hastily developed, placing a subtle wall between the audience and the main figures. After the escape, Janusz leads the party through 4000 miles of different terrain with obstacles opposing their will to survive and attain freedom. They also encounter a young Polish girl, played by the rising star Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones), who joins the party in their venture for freedom.

While the premise is strong, the walk is long (yes, it rhymes). The film goes into an hour of directionless plot, while also maintaining a rinse, wash, repeat style of story telling. The plot direction is as follows: walk one terrain, face natural obstacle, look at a another daunting terrain. While the direction in which the story is told is ultimately weak, the cast and the cinematography surely make up for it. Even though the cast is not as emotionally involved with the audience as it should be, the performances are solid. Ferrel and Harris are multi-dimensional as there is a mystery within both of the characters. If any emotion is involved with the characters, it will be towards these two. Saoirse Ronan, who by the way I am a big fan of, plays a small role but provides the much needed pathos. The main protagonist played by Sturgess is somewhat of a bland character, but it is he who creates the most dramatic moment at the end of the film. Another strong point of the movie, as said, is Russel Boyd's cinematography. The Way Back is from National Geographic Entertainment (which also produced March of The Penguins), resulting in images that illustrates nature in an eye-pleasing and interesting manner. Overall The Way Back is a superbly well-made film. Even though it has it moments of monotony, the cast and fascinating plot contributes to an entertaining experience as well providing a small commentary on communism. It may not have the strong emotional connection seen in Weir's other films (The Truman Show, Master And Commander), but the cast's efforts make the film compelling enough for a watch. Grade: B-
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TVJerryJan 22, 2011
Even though it might appear that this really happened, there's no proof that it did. Either way, it's an amazing story of a group of men who escaped from a gulag in 40s Siberia and WALKED all the way to India. Needless to say, their journeyEven though it might appear that this really happened, there's no proof that it did. Either way, it's an amazing story of a group of men who escaped from a gulag in 40s Siberia and WALKED all the way to India. Needless to say, their journey is filled with hardships, danger and death. Director Peter Weir has crafted a film that's thoroughly involving without grabbing the emotions. Expand
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BhawkMay 1, 2011
Harrowing story, sensational cinematography, and engaging acting, all under Peter Weirs' watchful eye. My only complaint is that it is excessively long, but that is such a trivial comment to make when compared to the months that turned intoHarrowing story, sensational cinematography, and engaging acting, all under Peter Weirs' watchful eye. My only complaint is that it is excessively long, but that is such a trivial comment to make when compared to the months that turned into years that these brave souls endured to escape from Siberia and WALK over 4,000 miles to safety (including crossing the Himalayas) to freedom in India.Well worth one viewing, but doubtful that anyone would seriously want to see it a second time, due to the length. Expand
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shimano6000Jul 16, 2011
This is a great movie and worth watching. It is engaging from the beginning, and captures the tragic times around which it is built. Great acting and left me asking questions about what I would do, and if I could. Worth watching again.
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avatar16Aug 23, 2011
Un très beau film, il n'y a pas à dire. Mais alors que Peter Weir voulait faire un film plus intime que Master and Commander, il en oublie d'approfondir ne serait-ce qu'au minimum les personnages de cetteUn très beau film, il n'y a pas à dire. Mais alors que Peter Weir voulait faire un film plus intime que Master and Commander, il en oublie d'approfondir ne serait-ce qu'au minimum les personnages de cette épopée, les rendant beaucoup moins attachants que prévu. Un comble pour un film du genre, rendant ce spectacle légèrement ennuyeux... Expand
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jtfoixSep 11, 2011
This film is not a masterpiece but is really human, captivating, and emotional. It has a really strong performances, and is really beautiful visually. Totally enjoyable.
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AutiTakahashiJul 6, 2012
Siberia. Mongolia. India. What these places have in common in "The Way Back" is the footsteps of a small group of people who have a matchless desire to go home. The latest film by Peter Weir, director of "The Truman Show", follows theSiberia. Mongolia. India. What these places have in common in "The Way Back" is the footsteps of a small group of people who have a matchless desire to go home. The latest film by Peter Weir, director of "The Truman Show", follows the extensive and exhausting journey of convicts who are imprisoned not just by guards and fences, but by lands that have been conquered by communism.

Escaping the Siberian gulag was the easy part; a 4,000-mile walk awaits them. During this journey, our eyes are treated with some magnificent imagery. The snowy mountains and scorching deserts are exhibited through great cinematography by Russell Boyd. It's weird how these paintings of nature are also what could drive our "Walkers" to death. "The Way Back" causes mixed emotions in its irony that the things that could bring so much pleasure to our eyes are the same things that torment the film's heroes.

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HomeReviewerMay 17, 2012
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The interrogation scenes at the beginning of the movie are crucial to the understanding of several of the escapees' mindset later on. If you miss the first few minutes, you will not be able to appreciate the full struggle of the main players. If you like the movie "The Great Escape, keep in mind "The Way Back" is nothing at all like it. In Siberia, the guards and the army don't bother to run after the escapees, nature is expected to ensure their demise. A terrific cast was entrusted with a script that has enough meat in it to satisfy the most difficult character actors. This was an ensemble performance by default. As the tagline says, the escape from the gulag was just the beginning. Tough terrain, harsh, very harsh weather, etc., etc., and when they reached the border, crossing out of Russia, they find they are faced with the same damn communist system in neighbouring countries, the system they ran away from back in the gulag. The actors don't curse but you will feel like cursing for them. As you can expect, the cinematography is an important part of the movie as it must convey the journey's difficulties. In other words, the more beautiful the scenery is, the tougher the challenge. The special effects that turn the escapees into living corpses were well done. Conspicuously, nothing sexual happens to the character of Saoirse Ronan; when you consider the circumstances, it is a miracle or a matter the writer or director could not come to terms with. I suspect the latter. This movie was the surprise drama of the year so far for me. No popcorn and coke with this movie; this is a coffee movie, if you get my drift. Expand
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Patrick94Jan 26, 2014
This is one of those movies that I will remember forever. A true story about a group of people that escape a Siberian prison camp in 1941 and walk 4000 miles to freedom in India. The locations are beautiful, the acting was brilliantThis is one of those movies that I will remember forever. A true story about a group of people that escape a Siberian prison camp in 1941 and walk 4000 miles to freedom in India. The locations are beautiful, the acting was brilliant (particularly from Collin Farrel with his crazy Russian murderer character), the comedy is hilarious when it's there and the story is awe-inspiring. I can tell you now that I appreciate the life I have a lot more after seeing what these men (and one girl) had to go through. This is definitely the best survival/adventure movie I have ever seen, and as of now one of at least my top 5 favorite movies of all time. The way the director portrayed two death scenes in particular was... this may sound strange, but, beautiful. That final scene right at the end almost had me in tears. Expand
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worleyjamersDec 8, 2012
One of the those 2010 films that came out really early in the next year. A lot of people missed it for that reason, but it's a really great film. Well done, beautiful locations. One of the most underrated films of 2010.
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NYHawk808Dec 11, 2014
Beautiful visuals and a great cast but the connections aren't well developed or even fully explored between the characters and the audience or between the characters themselves. Saoirse Ronan adds an element of life to the group that wasBeautiful visuals and a great cast but the connections aren't well developed or even fully explored between the characters and the audience or between the characters themselves. Saoirse Ronan adds an element of life to the group that was badly needed but never manages to pull the group together in a way that I could find satisfying. Difficult scenes like the escape from the Siberian camp were done entirely too briskly in favor of more long, drawn out travel scenes which still don't use the time to effectively connect you to the cast. Worth watching but clearly a film that could have been much more. Expand
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lkalibaMay 30, 2014
It doesn't have enough emotional depth despite it's subject matter, but this film offers a grand visual spectacle and sweeping ambition that creates an amazing story.
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FilmQueenOct 22, 2015
This is a good story about survival with excellent performances. I don't know how much of the story is actually true, but it doesn't really matter to me.
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avamiller21May 8, 2016
The story in this was amazing, i cant believe how well they told the story. Great acting, good actors, truly amazing.

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