The Way Back stars Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, and Saoirse Ronan and is basically is about a group of men who have been in a Polish Prison and decide one day to escape on their way back to freedom. This is a tricky task since the Germans and Soviets have split the country in two and either way will be both dangerous on the war front and treacherous with the element. Nevertheless, the group of men are able to escape the guards and the dogs, only to find themselves to be in the wilderness during a massive blizzard (which kind of works out in their favor, ya know, no footprints). They know that they must make their way past the Soviet border to freedom, so they begin their trek to freedom regardless of the dangers that lie before them.
Along the way, the men come across a young woman who is also trying to find freedom from the war. She joins their journey and they are off to do the impossible: walk about 4,000 miles. They walk through the woods with a dangerous blizzard, through the deserts of China, and finally through the mountains of Tibet. It's not an easy task, and not all the men make it through the journey, but I will say it's an inspiring story.
flashback reel. I'm sure they were just trying to connect it to what really happened, but I felt it was unnecessary. I also didn't like how in the beginning they tell you how many people made it to their freedom, talk about a SPOILER ALERT if you didn't already know about this real life story (I did not).
I liked Saoirse Ronan's character. She was a fighter, not wanting to give up or hold the men back. Pretty much like whatever a man can do, so I can I mentality. And I liked that the story itself was an inspiring one. I wouldn't be able to fathom what it must have been like in Poland back then, but I know for sure I would be too much of a chicken to do what these guys did.
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"