The Way Back
First screened in January 2011
Director: Peter Weir. Cast: Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Dragos Bucur, Colin Farrell, Saoirse Ronan, Alexandru Potocean, Gustaf Skarsgård, Mark Strong, Sally Edwards, Zahary Baharov, Irinei Konstantinov, Meglena Karalambova. Screenplay: Peter Weir and Keith R. Clarke (based on the book The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slawomir Rawicz.

Twitter Capsule: Enough good moments to make it worthy, but not nearly enough to conceal missed opportunities. Way too wordy, for one.

VOR:   This is where the film's limits are felt: quite conventional, when a riskier, more austere approach seems advisable.

Photo © 2010 Newmarket Films/Exclusive Films/
National Geographic Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Makeup: Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk, and Yolanda Toussieng

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