The Way Back (2010) is about Gulag Escapees

  • It is widely accepted that this novel is in the memory of former Polish prisoner of war (PoW) Slawomir Rawicz.
  • In 1941 three men walked out of Siberian jail of erstwhile communist USSR.
  • They walked out of the Himalayas into India.
  • They had survived a 4000-mile walk for freedom.
  • It is about freedom from Communist tyrannies.
  • In September 1939, Hitler invades Poland from the west. Several days later Stalin invades from the East.
  • They divide the country Poland between them.
  • This movie is about adventure, drama and recreating history.
  • The prisoner of war in Siberia was called as Gulag and him along with his friends escaped and travel 4000 miles for freedom.
  • The main casts of this movie are Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrel, Ed Harris and Saoirse Ronan, Alexandru Potocean, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Gustaf Skarsgard, Dragos Buccur, Mark Strong.
  • This movie is produced by Peter Weir, Joni Levin, Duncan Henderson, Nigel Sinclair and Scott Rudin. This movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Makeup.
  • This movie is all about freedom.
  • How the protagonist of this movie wants freedom at any cost.
  • Side by side how the political revolution is bad for people in general.
  • How people with good academic background had been taken to jail for no reason.
  • In the initial moment of this movie, there are war scenes like situation.
  • The Siberian Jail situation is one of worse.
  • If some inmates of the gulag labor camp of Siberian tries to protest they would be taken to the mining area.
  • That is worse for them as they had to live nearer to the blast site.
  • This means that at any point in time they would face death.
  • Even those criminal who is inside this is afraid of this as they afraid of debt which they used to play gamble with their fellow inmates.
  • The inmates would get such low vitamin food that ultimately after some days they would find themselves in the state of color blindness.
  • When Mr. Smith an American engineer, Khabarov an actor, Valka a hardened Russian criminal, Tomasz a Polish artist, a Latvian Priest Kazik, a person suffering from color blindness and Zoran the protagonist who was a Yugoslav accountant all escapes from Gulag labor camp to taste the freedom.
  • The movement within the sides of Lake Baikal is full of fear especially from guards of Soviet Prison.
  • They have very dangerous dogs with them and they had to overcome all hardships and dangers to reach out and cross erstwhile USSR (United Soviet Socialist Republic).
  • Passing Lake Baikal is full of hardships.
  • It is three prone dangers for them.
  • First, the Soviet guards who haunt them.
  • Second their treacherous dogs that ran very first.
  • Third the presence of locals who haunts them to grab the good amount of sum awarded to them.
  • The last, not the least is the presence of a high amount of snowfall within these Siberian areas.
  • They survived all from these except the person who has night blindness.
  • During these courses of the journey, we found how they eat snakes, rats to survive from this thunderous cold.
  • They even drive out jungle dogs from their food to eat that in raw.
  • Due to color blindness, Kazik lost his way while collecting wood from woods.
  • Due to the advent of night, he lost his way to the camp of inmates and lost his life during the severe snowstorm.
  • The group buries him on the way with sadness.
  • Mr. Smith the eldest person in this group told he dies in freedom.
  • This word has very meaningful significance.
  • After passing from Russia border, the hardened Russian criminal Tomasz stayed within there and bid farewell to the group.
  • The group thought that communism had not entered Mongolia.
  • When they see one Buddhist Monastery on the border was destroyed.
  • They knew that communism entered Mongolia.
  • This means they have to be extra careful while moving inside Mongolia.
  • In between there, they meet Irena a young Polish girl who also escaped from the Siberian gulag.
  • From here, one finds the most treacherous journey out there.
  • They move into Gobi Desert.
  • The most difficult route where the presence of water is a rarity.
  • Lack of water, sunburn, sandstorms, and blisters weakens there movement out there.
  • Irena could not tolerate all of these and eventually dies.
  • The group with sadness buried inside Gobi Desert.
  • For some time we saw the father and daughter relationship of Irena with Mr. Smith. Mr. Smith ultimately lost his son in communist Russia.
  • When he saw eventually Irena dies that was heart-broken for him
  • Mr. Smith took his son from the US to USSR and eventually the communist government killed his son and arrests him in the apprehension of spies of America.
  • Since those times he was cursing himself of the death of his son due to his decision.
  • After the death of Irena, Mr. Smith down with mental pressure.
  • He said to Khabarov to walk with other mates and leave him there. Khabarov told him that he was sent to prison because of his wife.
  • But he knew how communists would have tortured him.
  • His only aim is to taste the freedom by reaching India.
  • He would wait for Poland to be released from the clutches of communism and would reach to his wife.
  • These words inspired Mr. Smith so much that he finds the mental strength from it.
  • They crossed the treacherous Gobi Desert and see the Great Wall of China.
  • They reach Tibet and took shelter in a Buddhist Monarchy.
  • They slowly crossed the route through the Himalayas and reach Sikkim and then India to have their complete freedom.
  • The Way Back received very positive reviews.
  • Rotten Tomatoes give 74% ratings out of 100.
  • This movie is about great spectacle, good message and provide an important message for freedom.
  • IMDb gives 7.3 rating out of 10.
  • The movie is the mixture of war and history.
  • It shows how the change of political ethics changes the lives of people.
  • How the only freedom is important for them.
  • The rating of mohanmekap[.]com is 8 out of 10.
  • Though there are hardly solid dialogues still the expressions provides importance to costume design and environment.
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