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Release Date: 2011-01-21

Genre: Drama,

Rating: PG-13

Duration: 2hrs 12min

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The Way Back begins in Soviet-occupied Poland, as a military officer named Janusz (the film's stand-in for Rawicz, played by the young English actor Jim Sturgess) is interrogated and then sent to Siberia after his wife is tortured into incriminating him. One of the year's most powerful scenes, this stunner of an opening telegraphs the film's merciless, unflinching approach. There's no physical violence on the screen, but Weir punches us in the gut simply by training his camera on Janusz's face as his eyes fill with fear, which turns to horror and then anger. The gulag is torture. Desperately malnourished men fall trees in the brutal cold or slave in poisonous gold mines. The guards inform them that it is not fences, guards, guns or dogs that make up their prison, but the murderous snow-swept isolation of Siberia. Inspired by a fellow political prisoner (Mark Strong) who latter turns out to be all talk, Janusz quickly hatches a plot to cut the electrical wire and, during a snowstorm that will cover their tracks, hoof it thousands of kilometers south to Lake Baikal. A few prisoners who have retained the will to live – including an American expatriot (Ed Harris), a Russian hoodlem with Stalin's face tattooed on his chest (Colin Farrell), a priest (Gustaf Skarsgard), an artist (Alexandru Potocean), and a teenage boy (Sebastian Urzendowsky) come along. Only three men of the med ultimately make it to India.

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