41 – The Way Back (2010)

My Rating: 8/10


Synopsis:  Seven captives escaped from the Siberian gulag in 1941. Janusz (Jim Sturgess), a Pole with good survival instincts led the group. They walked from Siberia to India and traversed around 4000 miles by foot and faced the harsh environments on their journey which lasted for several months. The film traces their footsteps from the very beginning until they reached the promised land of freedom,

It is a tough movie to make let alone be a “prison break” type where there are already great films that had been created before along the same treading. It just makes it even harder for The Way Back to stand out and not be predictable in its long course. But it succeeds and it is an epic tale on its own. It is more than 2 hours long but it didn’t feel that long. The Way Back told a story that is captivating, it’s hard to avert your eyes. Picturesque landscapes were amazing, You feel the journey’s toll as it unfolds, and it shows exactly on their decreasing morale and even their appearances, and it was never over the top.  The looks of the characters were done with a keen eye and it came out very convincing and real. Watching this survival movie, one would expect heavy drama, but this one is shorthanded in that aspect. If only the characters were developed more it would have been a shoo-in for the Oscars, but it is flawless in everything else – direction, cinematography, acting, scoring, and writing. Regarding the film’s accuracy, I cannot comment on that as I am not very well familiar with it. Regardless though if this adaptation of “The Long Walk” book ghost written by Sławomir Rawicz is accurate or not, Peter Weir, the director branded the film as fictional.

The cast is amazing. Not sure if Jim Sturgess fits snugly, he seems to be too young and soft for the role but his acting is not at fault. His was at par with the others. He just seems to be too young for that part. Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, and Saoirse Ronan all did their parts and stood out in every scene they’re in. I was particularly engrossed with the Russian accent of Farrell, that guy can really do almost anything.

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Runtime: 2hrs 13min (IMDb)

Production Budget: $30 million (Box Office Mojo)

Grosses (Box Office Mojo)
   North America:  $2,701,859    13.3%
Foreign:  $17,646,390    86.7%

Worldwide:  $20,348,249

 

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