Cinema-Maniac: The Way Back (2011) Review

The Way Back doesn’t exactly belong in the “epic” film category when considering other superior epics. Other than that I liked the movie thanks to some great performances and camera work.

So Siberian gulag escapees walk 4000 miles overland to freedom in India. The story is interesting, but were treated to a journey in which we see allot of talking and walking and not enough of what happens. This sometimes made feel bored watching it as I usually don’t expect to see people walking for like most of the movie. Luckily there are some obstacles to keep things from being boring, though these obstacles won’t be enough for some. While I enjoyed the overall story, I think it could have been taken into a better direction.

The performances are what make it worthwhile, especially Jim Sturgess who should be more famous. The cinematography is fantastic as the camera actually shows you that this is no easy journey and I have to praise the director for some beautiful shots in this movie. Other than that, I can’t say much else, beside that is doesn’t feel like an epic. You know what comes to mind when I think of epics, Lawrence of Arabia, Seven Samurai, 13 Assassins, and even There Will Be Blood all come to my mind and The Way Back really doesn’t come close to what I consider a true epic to be.

The Way Back is a good movie with a story that’ll get mixed reaction from different viewers with a notable performance from Jim Sturgess and great cinematography.

7/10

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