Movie: The Way Back

By admin
06 May 2011


With Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan and Colin Farrell.

Director: Peter Weir.


Opens 13 May.

Rating: 2/5

What’s it about?

A group of prisoners of war walk 3 000 km from Siberia to India to escape the cruelty of the Nazis and communists.

Who will enjoy it?

Only seasoned adventure junkies who love packing their rucksacks and tackling the Fish River Canyon barefoot – but as entertainment it barely registers on the Richter scale.

On one hand you can’t help but have respect and admiration for the prisoners (and actors!) who ravage and torture themselves crossing a wasteland in search of freedom.

In this respect the film pays tribute to their struggle for survival. On the other hand you’ll experience some kind of torture as the film impresses on you the hell these men had to go through.

The question is, are you prepared to fork out nearly R50 to be put through icy storms, barren deserts and jungles full of wild animals if you could be watching something more enjoyable?

The direction is excellent and the producers went to great lengths to portray the prisoners’ gruelling journey realistically but the film is monotonous and way too long.

You’ll need hair on your chest to sit through this one only to hobble out of the theatre, ravaged.

Similar films 

The Book of Eli, Alive.

Popcorn facts

*The novel, based on the supposed true adventures of Slavomir Rawicz, was a hit and topped bestselling lists for weeks.

*In 2009 it emerged the story apparently wasn’t based on the truth and that the Nazis had released Rawicz from the prison camp.

*Saoirse Ronan was cast in The Lovely Bones without having to audition.

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