The Way Back- -
Peter Weir's follow-up to Master & Commander (2003) is the stark & brilliant The Way Back, which takes on the theme of man's struggle for freedom. At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag. The film details their perilous & uncertain journey to freedom, as they cross deserts, mountains, & several nations.
The way back is based on a true story about a group of soldiers who escaped from a Siberian Gulag in 1940. It was rated as a PG-13 for violence, physical hardships, a nude image and strong language. This is a war movie, so many of these things could be expected. However, is the movie appropriate for a younger audience? This is the real question that this family movie review will discuss. The purpose of Parental Guide movie reviews is to provide movie ratings for families who might wish to take their children to see the film. What do we think about this one?
Upon first impression, this movie does not appear to be appropriate for the young ones. Perhaps around age 13 they could handle the imagery without nightmares, but this is a true story about a violent time. This movie tells it like it really was and that might be too much for some. The party has to bear freezing cold, fight a pack of wolves, and battle frostbite. The director did not spare the audience from the gruesome details of their journey.
This movie would be more interesting to the adults than to the children. Those below age 13 might find it to be too much. Every parent must use their own judgment on this one. Whether a parent takes the kids or gets a sitter for this one depends on the level of sensitivity of the child involved and what they have been exposed to in the past. However, the parental guide to movies suggests leaving those under the age of 13 with a sitter.