Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Way Back (2010)

Academy Awards, USA 2011

Best Achievement in Makeup
Edouard F. Henriques
Greg Funk
Yolanda Toussieng

Image Entertainment
Directed by Peter Weir
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Image Entertainment)

A Polish officer is sent to Siberia by the invading Soviets. He survives in the harsh labor camps with other political prisoners as well as hardened criminals. He joins a group who decides to escape during a snow storm, and then plan on walking thousands of miles south to freedom. They have to overcome harsh physical barriers and changing climates along the way, not to mention the ever present threat of Communists. Improbable story supposed based on a real event is tough sledding. Colin Farell overacts and Ed Harris underacts. Saoirse Ronan elicits sympathy as a young orphan who joins them half way through, but seems like and afterthought. Entertaining, if disappointing, effort from Australian director Weir.

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