The Way Back (12A)
THE palpable lack of tension throughout this drawn-out story of escape and evasion makes The Way Back feel almost as long as the journey undertaken from Siberia by the film’s protagonists.
The rag-tag band that flees from a brutal Russian gulag battles freezing rain, wolves, hunger, hallucinations and themselves as they strike out for Mongolia and freedom.
They don’t talk much. Instead their focus is on a far-off horizon that represents a life away from their cruel Soviet captors. Each man has his own secrets, his own personal history. And each man will find a harsh truth on the road.
Based on Slavomir Rawicz’s memoir The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom, Peter Weir’s odyssey lingers on these varied figures in a landscape.
In fact, landscape becomes as important a character as any of the random men (and solitary woman) at the story’s core as Weir adopts a travelogue-style approach, taking his survivors from icy wasteland to burning desert plain.
The appearance of an enigmatic young woman (Saoirse Ronan, from Atonement) is the catalyst
FATHER AND SON: Colin Baiocchi and Ben Stiller in Little Fockers.