The throes of winter might not have been the best time to ask moviegoers to sample a drama set in a Siberian gulag, but now that the season has changed, viewers might be more ready to embrace director-screenwriter Peter Weir's ("Witness") film.
It's the fact-based saga of several prisoners who decide to break out of captivity - but once they do, they have 4,500 miles of unforgiving terrain to cross before reaching true freedom. Colin Farrell, Ed Harris and Jim Sturgess ("21") play several of the fugitives, with Saoirse Ronan ("Atonement") as a young woman they encounter en route. *** (PG-13: AS, N, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)
Buy 'The Way Back' on DVD.