The Way Back (12A)

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - LISTINGS - Tony Earn­shaw

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.