|Cinematically Beautiful - 4/5|
Though the acting takes second place to the cinematography, it certainly didn't fall down. Celebrity A-Lister Colin Farrell made an all too brief appearance as Valka, an unstable and violent prisoner who escapes along with the rest of the group. Ed Harris provided a stellar performance, as he more often that not does, as the American soldier Mr Smith but he could not compete with Jim Sturgess (21, Fifty Dead Men Walking) who was sublime as protagonist Janusz. You could feel the determination and desperation of the real life character through him and he was a brilliant pick for the lead role.
The only complaint I can think of is that some major scenes were skipped over with little detail provided. For
example, you'd think the breaking out of prison scene would have been high up on the priorities of important scenes. Unfortunately this scene was totally skipped and all we saw was the aftermath. A similar example occurred towards the end of the film. The trek across the Himalayas was shown in very little detail and the entrance into India was simply thrown upon us. Perhaps the thinking behind this was to cut down the length of the film for, if it had been longer than the two hours that it was, it could definitely have lost its emotional connection with the audience.
Despite these complaints The Way Back is one of the best DVD releases I've seen this year and I would definitely recommend it.
Have you seen The Way Back? What did you think of it?