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.
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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