Thursday, January 6, 2011

At the Movies – January 2011 – Part 3: Best of the Month

Must See of the Month:

The Way Back (Peter Weir) – Drama – Jan 21st [limited]
The film is about a group of soldiers who escape from a Siberian prison camp in 1940 and make an arduous journey across unforgiving terrain. Director Peter Weir is known for his big films like Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World and Gallipoli, but he also has a strong handle on drama as seen in films like The Truman Show and Dead Poets Society. This film promises to be both big and high on drama. Weir is working again with past collaborators composer Burkhard von Dallwitz and cinematographer Russell Boyd and it will be his first time working with production designer John Stoddart. The film co-stars Colin Farrell and Jim Sturgess (both with a lot of talent, but still looking for career rejuvenating/jump-starting projects) and features an excellent supporting cast with Ed Harris, Saoirse Ronan (who is brilliant in the mediocre The Lovely Bones) and Mark Strong. The film is on the outside looking in for major award recognition, but it is non-the-less receiving critical praise and could be a sleeper for a best picture nod at the 2011 Oscars. Peter Weir is one of the great directing talents, which makes each of his films the potential for something special. Check out the trailer.

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