Peter Weir's The Way Back trailer online
To begin with while I watched the trailer for The Way Back I was thinking Van Diemen's Land (Filmstalker review), and that didn't mean very happy memories for me. However continuing through the trailer gives a little more depth and width than the trailer, or indeed the film, of Van Diemen's Land. Thankfully.
However the trailer doesn't really live up to the promise of Peter Weir and the cast of Ed Harris, Mark Strong, Colin Farrell, Saoirse Ronan, Jim Sturgess, and a list of foreign actors that is rather impressive.
I've heard about the casting for the film before and about the story, but there's not a lot more offered. It's a film based on factual events that tells of a group of soldiers who escape from a Russian labour camp in Siberia back in 1940. It comes from the novel by Slavomir Rawicz which Peter Weir adapted called The Long Walk (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com).
The novel tells his own story of how he was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the break up of Poland by German and Russian forces, and how he was sent to a Russian labour camp in the heart of Siberia, along with a very mixed group of prisoners from all nationalities that had been part of the fighting. After a year there he and a group of six friends of various nationalities escaped and began one of the most amazing treks to freedom that has ever been documented.
Now that sounds so much better, I wonder if the trailer could have conveyed that a bit more rather than some of the very stock and expected moments we see in the trailer?