2 hours, 13 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for violent content, depiction of physical hardships, a nude image and brief strong language.
DVD Features: Behind-the-Scenes Featurette; Trailer
Jim Sturgess ...
Colin Farrell ...
Ed Harris ...
Alexandru Potocean ...
Saoirse Ronan ...
Gustaf Skarsgård ...
Mark Strong ...
Dragos Bucur ...
|The opening scenes of this drama directed by Peter Weir ("The Truman Show") is based on a true story which takes place in Russian-occupied Poland in
1939 as prisoners in a Soviet Union labor camp where Janusz (Jim
Sturgess) is being interrogated and confronted by his own wife’s denunciation for treason. She
had been tortured, though Janusz, similarly put to the rack, has refused
to sign a confession declaring that he is innocent of the charges. But he is sent to a prison work camp in Siberia, which is as dreary and cold
as you’d imagine. But he begins to hear talk that, in fact, escape is
possible. Of course, once you get clear of the barbed wire fences, you
have to survive the harsh Siberian winter. And then it’s a thousand
miles to anywhere.
Soon Janusz hooks up with a
common thief, Valka (Colin Farrell) who has no problem with Stalin and
even sports a tattoo on his chest of the dictator alongside Lenin. Also imprisoned with him is Mr.
Smith (Ed Harris), an American who's there because Stalin “hates foreigners”;
Tomasz (Alexandru Potocean); Voss (Gustaf Skarsgard); Khabarov (Mark
Strong); and Kazik (Sebastian Urzendowsky). After they breakout, they
run into a Polish woman on the run, Irena (Saoirse Ronan), whom they
take in despite opposition from Mr. Smith, who believes there’s not
enough food, though Valka jokingly suggests that she can
become meat for the men when she dies. Through it all, Janusz is determined to find
his way back to his wife.
The Way Back was filmed mostly in Bulgaria, with additional
locations in Morocco and India. It's nor really boring, but you quickly become tired of the long, long trek to freedom.