qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

The Way Back

Our Hero is a political prisoner who will escape with a number of associates, including criminals, fleeing a tyrannical regime against all odds. This is the basic plot of The Way Back (obviously, not to be confused with The Way Back).

The film is loosely based on an allegedly (though heavily disputed) "true story" of a group of Gulag prisoners who escaped through Siberia and the Himalayas, arriving in India in 1941. I enjoyed the film, though I did feel it was quite a simplistic treatment of events, and one that didn't readily lend credibility to its story. For example, they shoo away wolves from a carcass in order to obtain meat, but make not even the slightest attempt to hunt or trap the wolves in the process. Only the hardened criminal is prepared even to broach the subject of cannibalism. They cross the deserts of Mongolia/western China/Tibet surviving on nothing but a snake and some water. All in all, these desperate men and one woman may have been damaged physically, but the survivors among them remain undamaged mentally or socially and will not suffer PTSD. It all seems rather too unlikely, though if you suspend a certain amount of belief it works. The wide-ranging scenery is always beautiful and often very alien.
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