*Our NEW Rating System: A is excellent, B is good and anything less than that doesn’t get talked about here, because there’s nothing good to say.
Audience: Adults only.
There are very adult themes in this movie, savagery, political persecution, murder, friendship, love, and honor. It is not for the faint of heart or squeamish.
“FREEDOM is NEVER FREE” is the main theme of this movie and it shows that REAL men will die trying to stand up on free ground, rather than survive on bent knees in a mad man’s prison.
This movie begins at a terrible gulag (prison camp) in Stalin’s Soviet Union. The main character is a new fish (convict) just learning to tread water in a shark infested pond. He learns a few things from the old cons around him and slowly forms necessary alliances. Not friendships mind you, (these people would murder you in your sleep for a pork chop), but alliances that might help him escape the frozen hell-hole. The Siberian gulag is surrounded by 2000 square miles of snow, frozen ground, and plenty of locals that would turn them in for the bounty paid for escaping prisoners.
Unbelievable hardships plague the escapees during the cross country trek and death stalks their every step. One can pick out the reasons that we now call the men and women of this era the greatest generation. The scenery in this movie is breathtaking, but it’s extremely dangerous for even for the hardiest of them.
The movie ends well and their trip was well worth it.
Showing: Now showing on Netflix.
Starring: Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Ferrell and Saoirse Ronan.