The Way Back (2011)
Critic Consensus: It isn't as emotionally involving as it should be, but this Peter Weir epic offers sweeping ambition and strong performances to go with its grand visual spectacle.
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Critic Reviews for The Way Back
The man-versus-the-natural world story is in Weir's wheelhouse, and Harris and Farrell get into a scene-stealing duel. Worth the trek.
Weir has always loved atmospheric locales and group dynamics, and here he makes the most of both
Eventually the film itself is something of an endurance test, and not as rewarding as it hopes to be. But it's a worthy venture, earnest and well-produced and occasionally gripping.
The abiding sensation, at the end, is one not of fulfillment but of exhaustion.
This is an impressive production and technical feat, but through most of it, I kept thinking about how difficult the filming conditions must have been, and not about the lives of the men in front of me.
Audience Reviews for The Way Back
This film about escape and survival during WW2 is beautifully filmed and comes with an impressing cast. The problem is that it consists only of people walking. That's never boring, but really slow. Even though the gorgeous landscapes change and there are interesting problems between freezing and starving to solve, not all that much happens. It's most certainly an intentional decision by the filmmakers to make the audience feel as exhausted and worn out as the protagonists by the end of the film. But even with the long running time the ending comes somewhat from out of nowhere. Still, worth seeing for the impressive landscapes alone.
Peter Weir is a fine filmmaker and he has crafted some truly terrific films. His work is truly engaging. He always manages to assemble great casts that feature prominently in his films. This is a strong effort with a great story and terrific talent involved. I much preferred this film over Master & Commander and it is a movie that is one of the finer directorial efforts from Weir. The cast make the material work well enough from start to finish. Based on true events, this film is a standout tale of survival in the harshest of times and can make it through with perseverance and determination. This is a great film from the first moment and if you love these types of movies, then give it a shot, you'll surely enjoy it. The Way Back is one of Peter Weir's strongest efforts and it is a movie that delivers some genuine tension and excitement. All of the cast members bring something unique to the screen, but it is Weir's eye to create a story worth telling that sets this picture apart from others in his filmography. I thoroughly enjoyed the film and if you love a good survival story, then this is the film to watch. Peter Weir has made some fine movies in the past, but The Way Back is a movie that is a brilliant return to form to what he used to do and he delivers something truly memorable and almost flawless in terms of storytelling. Weir is a fine filmmaker and with this film he proves that once again. With a great script and cast, Peter Weir was able to craft a movie that is thrilling from start to finish.
The Way Back Quotes
|Valka:||Grateful is for dogs.|
|Mr. Smith:||Kindness--that can kill you here.|
|Valka:||You say too many prayers for an innocent man.|
|Janusz:||A free man died here today.|
|Valka:||Still, one less mouth to feed... What?|
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