The Way Back is a film that covers ground that has been trod fairly often; World War II. Furthermore, this is a title that focuses on the escape of prisoners from a Soviet prison camp. Saying that, what Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe, Legend of the Guardians), Colin Ferrell, and Ed Harris do in The Way Back is create a realistic and extremely fun title.
The thrown-together band of convicts covers the range of ethnicities and nationalities from American (Harris), Russian (Farrell), and Polish (Sturgess and Saoirse Ronan of Atonement and The Lovely Bones). The quality of this Blu-Ray print is stellar, showcasing a steadfast hold to making a chronologically accurate and compelling film. Accurate clothing, set design, and even parlance makes this film more compelling, while there seems to be a grittiness present that gets lost in a number of different war-based films. To further bump up the value of this Blu-Ray release, Image has placed a half-hour documentary that looks into the creative process behind The Way Back. Focusing on all sides of the filming process, from on-location filming to interviews and the like, this featurette should be required watching for anyone that purchases the film.
Make it a point to find a good online retailer and pick up a copy of the Blu-Ray of The Way Back. You will not be disappointed; the story told here and the additional features are more than enough to make this purchase a smart one. The Way Back will keep viewers on the edges of their seats; rather than merely playing roles, the cast of the film will making viewers emote and feel sorry for each of their lots in life. A sleeper film if there ever was one.
The Way Back (Blu-Ray) / 2011 Image Entertainment / 120 Minutes / http://www.image-entertainment.com