This is about as cliché as it can possibly get kids. Peter Weir is notorious for overwrought, dramatic bullshit layered over the top of pretty heavy or epic story lines. The Way Back looks to be no different than the rest; in fact it looks like a prototype of Weir’s M.O. How many times have we seen a prison camp movie with people trying to escape or on the run? Put three zeros behind any digit and I would venture to say that guess would be pretty close to an accurate answer.
Still, if it’s been done a thousand times, there’s usually a reason. Watching human courage battling the odds (as obvious as they may be) still makes for compelling story telling. Drop in a cast of familiar faces that everyone loves (Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess and Saoirse Ronan) and you’ve probably got a critically acclaimed blockbuster on your hands.
The Way Back was scheduled to open in January, but now I guess there will be early screenings in L.A. and New York on December 29th… last minute try for the Oscars anyone? And judging from the subject matter and the straight-up “Hollywoodness” of this trailer, it’s exactly the kind of tripe that Academy eats up. At any rate, the domestic trailer was just dropped by Yahoo!, but there’s an embedded version right here. Just check under the seats…
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