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The Way Back (2011)

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Brian from Kerry, 22 May 2011
Is this the same Peter Weir who gave us The Last Wave, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Fearless and Dead Poets Society? You wouldn't think it. Considering how amazing the subject matter is, there was the potential here for something rivalling Tarkovsky or David Lean. (Actually the 'material' has been roundly discredited already, but nonetheless.) The sheer ordeal of shooting the film seems to have overwhelmed everything. But the story itself is weakly told, to begin with. No plot complexity, just a long series of episodes. And the performances are mixed. (Ed Harris is good, as always. Colin seems a little uncertain. I don't blame him.) In fact, no one here 'eats the scenery'. Because the scenery is busy eating them! And it's not really that impressively shot scenery at that. A job for a different direction -- and a much deeper script for the cast to get their teeth into.
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4 out of 10 Authentic
robert from Carlow, 11 Jan 2012
Great acting held my attention
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tommy from Mayo, 12 May 2011
Pure and utter rubbish
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2.5 out of 10 Borderline boring
peter from Wicklow, 30 Apr 2012
Not a good movie.
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The Way Back is the critically acclaimed new release from renowned director Peter Weir (Master and Commander, The Truman Show), starring Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Mark Strong and Saoirse Ronan. Inspired by an incredible true story, this epic film of survival against-the-odds tells the story of a group of seven prisoners who escaped from a Soviet gulag in Stalin-era Russia and walked over 4,000 miles across some of the most unforgiving terrain in the world, crossing...

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