THE WAY BACK
NINE, Friday, 11pm, M ( 2010)
Peter Weir made a thrilling directorial return here. Just as epic, but on an independent budget, The Way
Back stars Ed Harris and Colin Farrell ( pictured) as Gulag escapees who face a long and arduous journey through hostile countries back to freedom. It’s a gritty tale of man versus the elements, and cinematographer Russell Boyd beautifully captures the breathtaking scenery and changing environments.
Atonement’s Saoirse Ronan counters the film’s masculine atmosphere, and adds complexity to the dynamic of this group of survivors pushed to the edge.