Peter Weir has always been a favorite of mine—the kind of director who works without a lot of fanfare, yet consistently turns out classics without anyone really noticing, it seems. His roster of movies is impressive: Gallipoli, The Year of Living Dangerously, Witness, Dead Poets Society, Fearless, The Truman Show. His last film was the underrated Russell Crowe sea-faring drama Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World all the way back in 2003, so I was eager to catch the trailer for his latest, The Way Back, a drama about prisoners—including Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, and Jim Sturgess—escaping from a 1940 Siberian gulag. It’s a rousing clip with the kind of elements I’ve come to love from Weir: throwback adventure, mixed with high emotional stakes.
Are you as glad to see Weir back in the directing saddle?