Travel movies

The Way Back (2010)

Director:

Peter Weir

Starring:

Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell

Synopsis:

In 1941, three men attempt to flee communist Russia, escaping a Siberian gulag. The film tells their story and that of four others who escaped with them and a teenage girl who joins them in flight. The group's natural leader is Janusz, a Pole condemned by accusations secured by torturing his wife, spent much of his youth outdoors, and knows how to live in the wild. They escape under cover of a snowstorm: a cynical American, a Russian thug, a comedic accountant, a pastry chef who draws, a priest, and a Pole with night blindness. They face freezing nights, lack of food and water, mosquitoes, an endless desert, the Himalayas, as well as many moral and ethical dilemmas throughout the journey towards freedom.

IMdB Rating: 7

Why watch?

For lack of infrastructure, the movie couldn't be actually filmed in Russia, Mongolia and China, but the producers did a good job recreating the weather and terrain of the original trek in more film-friendly countries such as Bulgaria, Morocco and India. You'll hardly notice while watching. The movie will help you grasp the immense vastness and desolation of Siberian and Mongolian landscapes.

Film locations:

Russia

Mongolia

Malta

India

Transsiberian (2008)

Director:

Brad Anderson

Starring:

Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley

Synopsis:

After a period of volunteer work with needy children in China promoted by his church, Roy and his wife Jessie decide to travel to Russia by train on the Trans Siberian Railway. Roy is a naive American with a great passion for locomotives and Jessie, an aspirant photographer, is haunted by her past image as a "bad girl". During the journey, they share their cabin with a Spaniard, Carlos, and his American girlfriend, Abby. At one station Roy get's off the train to look around other trains in the yard but is left behind; Jessie decides to wait for him at the next stop, and Carlos and Abby stay with her. While waiting for Roy, Carlos invites Jessie to travel to the countryside with him where they see a ruined church in the middle of nowhere. Carlos tries to force Jessie to have sex with him, and Jessie kills him with a plank. Jessie does not report the crime and meets with Roy on the next train. Roy introduces Grinko, a narcotic division detective, who is sharing the cabin with him. Jessie finds out that Carlos was trafficking drugs and scared, she tells many lies to them. However the experienced Grinko does not buy her story.

IMdB Rating: 6,7

Why watch?

Get an idea of what life is like aboard the Transsiberian Express, although I hope your experience will be better.

Film locations:

Russia

Malta

An Idiot Abroad: Trans-Siberian Express (Season 2 - Episode 2) (2011)

Director:

Krishnendu Majumdar

Starring:

Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant

Synopsis:

Karl takes the Trans-Siberian Express from Moscow to China. On the trip, he experiences a Russian steam room, undergoes Cosmonaut training, meets a magnetic man, gets buried alive, competes in a wrestling match, and visits a dwarf village.

IMdB Rating: 7,6

Why watch?

Are you sure you want to travel the transsiberian in Platzkartny?

Film locations:

Russia

Mongolia

Malta

Anastasia (1997)

Director:

Don Bluth, Gary Goldman

Starring:

Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd

Synopsis:

The daughter of the last Russian Tsar, Nicolas II, Anastasia is found by two Russian con men, Dimitri and Vladimir, who seek the reward that her grandmother, the Dowager Empress Marie, promised to the ones who'll find her. But the evil mystic of the Tsar family, Rasputin, still wants the Romanov family to be destroyed forever.

IMdB Rating: 7,1

Why watch?

The movie is based on the history of the Romanov family that was murdered after the February Revolution. As the remains of daughter Anastasia were not found, it was believed that she might still be alive. (This is the case in the movie, but not in real life.)

Film locations:

France

Russia