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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Colin Farrell
Ed Harris
Jim Sturgess
Saoirse Ronan
Dragos Bucur
Alexandru Potocean
Directors
Peter Weir
Screenwriters
Keith R. Clarke
Peter Weir
Running Time
133 minutes

The Way Back
Not another Ewan McGregor bike ride


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The Way Back

Plot
In 1940, seven prisoners escape from the confines of a Russian gulag in Siberia, and set out on a gruelling, 4,500-mile trek across some of the world’s harshest terrain, with little food and few supplies. Their efforts are almost certainly doomed, yet they would rather die as free men than Stalin’s prisoners.


Verdict
Weir couldn’t make a boring film if his life depended on it, and for any other director The Way Back would be laudable. It’s good, but from this director we have come to expect great.


Reviewed by David Hughes

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