Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Way Back preview/synopsis

Janurary 21

Directed by Peter Weir ( Master & Commander, The Truman Show ) starring Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Saoirse Ronan, Dragos Bacur, Gustaf Skarsgard. Cinematography by Oscar winner Russell Boyd ( Master and Commander ) editing by Oscar nominee Lee Smith ( The Dark Knight, The Prestige ) Original score by Burkhard Von Dallwitz ( The Truman Show )

Premise: Based of the book The Long Walk by Slawomir Rawicz, this film reveals the utter horror of a Siberian gulag and follows the exploits of a group of prisoners who escape. Led by a former Polish officer ( Sturgess ), they journey across snow covered Siberian forests, Mongolian deserts, Tibetan hills before trekking over the Himalayas to reach India and freedom.

One is readily absorber by the determined efforts of the group to survive the many hardships they encounter.

Rated PG-13 for violent content, depiction of physical hardships, a nude image and brief strong language. 133 min.

Oscar chances ? Earlier in 2010 I thought this film would challenge for the most Oscar nominations but it got a terrible Oscar run and a very limited release in the states. I thought if anything the movie would have been locked in for a best picture, supporting actor ( Harris ) cinematography, and costumes. I have a friend that saw it in Los Angeles and made the comment it's easily one of the best photographed films of the year. The film was handled extremely lousy by the distributor.

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Started to really pay attention to film ( movies ) what was going on in front of the camera, but more interestingly, behind it as well at about as far back as age 10. Motion pictures ( when good ) are a fascinating medium. All the work and prep that goes into filmmaking. It's an amazing process !