The Way Back
A fact-based story centered on soldiers who escaped from a Siberian gulag in 1940
The Way Back is a story that we’ve heard before. But it’s particularly well done by Peter Weir. It stars Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, and Colin Farrell. The story is of a bunch of people who meet in Siberia most political prisoners, one. a husband whose wife has informed on him and one a genuine thief and bad guy. So, the first part of the movie is the escape from the Gulag, and if that isn’t misery and snow enough, the tag line in the movie said, their escape was just the beginning. Colin Farrell is a thief. He’s wonderful in this. Ed Harris is an American with a heart of stone. They don’t meet Saorise until they’ve actually escaped from the camp through the snow and the ice, and then they decide that they can’t really go to Mongolia because it’s now communist, and so they have to go to Tibet. The movie is apparently based on a true story of someone’s memoir from doing exactly this, and is dedicated to the first group of people who, in the 1800s, walked out of the Himalayas, 4,000 miles of walking. So, it’s a story that we’ve seen different parts of before, but this one going from the extreme cold of 40 below until the desert and sort of dying of dehydration. It’s a really good movie. Again, we’ve seen parts of it before, but this is particularly well-acted and the scenery is great, and it truly is about the resilience of the human spirit. I give it four stars.