Watch: The Way Back 2010 123movies, Full Movie Online – In 1939, three men attempt to flee communist Russia, escaping a Siberian gulag. This movie tells their story and that of four others who escaped with them and a teenage girl, Irena Zielinska, who joins them in flight. The group’s natural leader is Janusz Weiszczek, a Pole condemned by accusations secured by torturing his wife, spent much of his youth outdoors, and knows how to live in the wild. They escape under cover of a snowstorm: cynical American Mr. Smith, Russian thug Valka, comedic accountant Zoran, pastry chef Tomasz Horodinsky, who draws, Priest Andrejs Voss, and Polish Kazik, who suffers from night blindness. They face freezing nights, lack of food and water, mosquitoes, an endless desert, the Himalayas, as well as many moral and ethical dilemmas throughout the journey towards freedom..
Plot: At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag—to take a perilous and uncertain journey to freedom as they cross deserts, mountains and several nations.
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***Better to die free than live under the shackles of communism***
“The Way Back” (2010) takes place circa 1940-42 and details a group’s mad escape from a Siberian gulag through the cold, desolate Soviet wilderness into Mongolia, across the great Gobi desert, through mountainous Tibet and ultimately freedom in India. The film was inspired by Slavomir Rawicz’ popular book “The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom,” but not based on it.
After records of Rawicz’ release from the gulag by the USSR in 1942 were unearthed the veracity of the book was called into question; others suggest that, although the circumstances of the story may not have happened to author Rawicz, they’re apparently based on real events with real individuals, like Polish soldier Witold Glinski.
Moreover, in light of the millions of prisoners carted away to Siberia during that time period, isn’t it likely that a handful of them successfully escaped and had experiences similar to those shown in this movie (and the book) regardless of whether or not they made it all the way to India? In any event, director Peter Weir has plainly stated that the film is largely fictional and only inspired by the book, which may or may not be a true account.
The group’s natural leader is Janusz (Jim Sturgess), not because he has any leadership charisma but simply because he spent half his life in the woods and KNOWS how to survive in such an environment. As Solomon said, “A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength.”
Also along for the haul is a cynical American called Mister Smith (Ed Harris), a Russian hooligan named Valka (Colin Farrell), a comic accountant, an artistic pastry chef, a priest, a Pole with night blindness and a teen-aged girl named Irena, played by Saoirse Ronan, who incidentally celebrated her 16th birthday on the set.
This a story of survival. The group faces freezing nights, lack of food & water, bugs, death, the never-ending Gobi desert and the Himalayas, not to mention the inevitable moral questions that arise from such a life or death situation. Some have complained that the film involves too much walking, but that’s the whole point: the film’s about a 4000-mile escape on foot to freedom.
It drives home some powerful messages that will be pondered well after viewing:
•The government in communistic or extreme socialistic states is a cold, uncaring, demonic machine that will immediately squelch dissidents through any measure possible, including torturous coercion, slander and execution.
•Such godless governments are a vile social infection that spreads and must be escaped at all costs.
•Is this socialistic disease now spreading to America? Of course it is and it’s been obvious for quite some time (the Dems).
•Better to die free than live in a gulag (aka labor camp or reeducation camp) or under dictatorial socialistic governments.
•No matter how bad it is, at least you don’t have to live in a gulag.
•Mongolians and Tibetans are people of true honor.
•Saoirse Ronan is a precious young lady.
In addition, the film features a great score and spectacular locations, shot in Bulgaria, Morocco and India.
FINAL WORD: “The Way Back” is a must if you love survival stories like “Flight of the Phoenix” (especially the original version) or “Sands of the Kalahari,” as well as films like “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Black Robe” and “Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan.” It’s unique but it has the same general tone. Stay away if you have ADHD or solely relish films with conventional Hollywood plotting and roll-your-eyes BS, not that there’s anything wrong with that, lol.
RUNTIME: 2 hours and 13 minutes.
It is always a pleasure to watch one of Ed Harris movies.
The plot hooks you and the staging is impressive but the movie is not as thrilling as it could have been.
I will never complain about going on a walk ever again!
I went with my friends to see this the other day – we picked whatever film was on soonest at the cinema. The Way Back was on…and we went in. I had no idea what the film was about only that I’d heard that “People walk out of Russia”.
This film really had you captivated for the entire journey – and you really connect with the characters within it, so much so you experience their emotions with them – you laugh with them, you are on the verge of tears at moments, and you feel their determination.
The acting was great – there were some familiar faces in the likes of Jim Sturgess (21) and Ed Harris (everything else)…and they do very well in their roles. Colin Farrell finds himself taking a respectable role in a respectable film – and does a very good job at it – and even manages to work a Russian accent, which he pulls off – and he pulls it off well. Surprisingly well, actually! Saoirse Ronan, at 15/16, is incredible in this. Given her youth, she manages to draw in the audience with her character’s history and gravitas. The other actors within this, despite them being relatively unknown on the Hollywood stage, join the cast well, and the chemistry is there to make the journey and the true stamina of the group believable.
The cinematography was immense, with shots overlooking parts of Russia, Mongolia, Tibet, and India – just helps you realise the vastness of the journey. Most of the journey is filmed looking closely at the characters, but this is what is crucial to the audience enjoying the story. You can’t have 2hrs and 13 mins of beautiful scenery and see the intimate struggles with each of the characters…therefore the director does well to mix the two. The audience can see just what the struggles and difficulties are…but are treated to some amazing shots of the scenery, which make you realise how incredible this journey was. (I even got a map out later and routed the journey they took)
I should expect that this film would receive some Oscar nominations, maybe for cinematography, director, perhaps even best picture, but I would love to see Jim Sturgess having a nomination for his role.
A Soviet Schindler’s List
This film tells two stories. The literal one involves a group of Gulag escapees that cross the whole Eurasian continent in order to escape from Russian oppression.
The scenery is amazing, the acting is solid, but, as it has already been noted in other reviews, the action isn’t driven by dialogue. At first glance it could seem that some of the characters lack depth, it could seem that the supporting characters lack complexity and history that is so needed for emotional attachment.
But to achieve full understanding of the film, some knowledge of the history of Europe is mandatory. When the metaphor provided by the literal storyline is understood, the characters light up in a completely different light. Suddenly the unrealistically long and hazardous trip takes the revealing shape of the 50-year-long European genocide, repressions, suffering and struggle for independence; a struggle that has been wrongfully forgotten by many in the West.
Thank you for telling our story.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 13 min (133 min)
Genre Adventure, Drama, History
Director Peter Weir
Writer Slavomir Rawicz, Peter Weir, Keith R. Clarke
Actors Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell
Country United States, United Arab Emirates, Poland, India
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 4 wins & 5 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arriflex 235, Panavision Primo and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, PanArri 435, Panavision Primo and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL, Panavision Primo and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Sydney, Australia, Kodak Cinelabs, Sofia, Bulgaria, Soho Film Lab, London, UK
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 500T 5219)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (master format), Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic), D-Cinema