A couple of months ago, I was throwing out suggestions for Monday Movie Meme topics to the Bumbles, and one of my ideas was to talk about our favorite movie to date. This is an easy one. One that doesn't require too much thinking, one that probably will not have too many duplicates among the participants, and one that will provide some great additions to our Netflix Queue.
But I had an ulterior motive. At the time of my suggestion, I had just watched a movie that I had loved, and I wanted to talk about it. One that had been completely off my radar. Was it even in the theaters? Who knows. In hindsight, this movie had all the characteristics of a Nawrot favorite, so how it escaped my attention until now I'll never know.
The Way Back (2010) - In 1941, a Polish man was wrongly accused of being a spy against the Soviets, and was sentenced to a Siberian gulag. Certain he will die in such conditions, he and five other men (and a 17 year-old girl they pick up along the way) escape with their eye on freedom...India. Which was 4,000 miles away. Three of the men actually survive the journey, 11 months later, having braved the Siberian winter, the Himalayas, the Gobi Desert, starvation, and mosquitoes.
Incredibly, this movie is based on a true story, documented in the book "The Long Walk" by Slavomir Rawicz. There has been some controversy over the validity of the story, and only recently has there been some proof the tale does not belong to Rawicz but Witold Glinski, who came forward in 2009. Whatever. I don't want to hear the fussing.
For this being such an underrated movie, the director and cast are outstanding. With director Peter Weir at the helm (Master and Commander, The Truman Show, The Dead Poet Society, Witness) the film is in good hands. Add Ed Harris, Colin Farrell (I know he is a jerk IRL but he is one amazing actor), Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, Hanna, The Lovely Bones), and Jim Sturgess (soon to star in the upcoming One Day), it just doesn't get any better.
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