The Way Back is filmmaking at its most basic. A lack of any real antagonist or narrator and the minimalistic use of score give this remarkable journey by a band of escapees during the Soviet regime in the ’40s an odd POV style that sometimes feels lost without a compass. With Peter Weir at the helm guiding Colin Ferrell, Saoirse Ronan, Jim Sturgess, and Ed Harris, you expect a powerful synergy to occur. While the core components are there, the inevitable question of the veracity of the escape is still in doubt and hinders the film from overcoming the clichéd miracles that occur during their perilous 4,000-mile trek to freedom. Despite this, the linear narrative that plays out has enough humor and heart to stagger through the awe-inspiring scenery, resulting in a tepid yet entertaining film about the drive for survival. Hit the jump to escape into my full review.