The Way Back (Movie): Tipstor® Pick

Summary: Jack Cunningham (Ben Affleck) once had a life filled with promise. In high school, he was a basketball phenom with a full university scholarship, when suddenly, for reasons unknown, he walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Now years later, Jack is spiraling down, triggered by an unspeakable loss, and drowning in the alcoholism that cost him his marriage and any hope for a better life. When he is asked to coach the basketball team at his alma mater, which has fallen far since his glory days, he reluctantly accepts, surprising no one more than himself. As the boys start to come together as a team and win, Jack may have finally found a reason to confront the demons that have derailed him.

Starring: Al Madrigal, Ben Affleck, Ben Irving, Brandon Wilson, Caleb Thomas, Charles Lott Jr., Chris Bruno, Christina Sergoyan, Christine Horn, Da’Vinchi, Emelia Golfieri, Fernando Luis Vega, Glynn Turman, Hayes MacArthur, Inka Kytö, James P. Harkins, Janina Gavankar, Jayne Taini, Lukas Gage, Marlene Forté, Matthew Glave, Melvin Gregg, Michaela Watkins, Rachael Carpani, T.K. Carter, Todd Stashwick, Will Ropp

Movie: The Way Back

Director: Gavin O’Connor

Genre(s): Drama, Sport

Rating: R

REVIEW

We are a big fan of Gavin O’Conner ever since Warrior. We think he’s done fantastic work and this is just another example of that. It’s not your typical sports movie like a Coach Carter or Gridiron Gang so the trailers can be a bit deceiving. Affleck, in his second collaboration with O’Conner after The Accountant gives an incredibly real and reserved performance. This is a dramatic film with substance and emotion.

PREVIEW