Although this film was really well made, it really didn’t come across as a Christian film. Something definitely happened to the people that completed the journey, but it left me with the feeling that I really couldn’t tell what happened to them. I have mixed emotions about this film. By the end of the film, I was still waiting for the ultimate finale.
“The Way” is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we face while navigating this ever changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an irascible American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son’s desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn’t plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him and his “California Bubble Life”.
Inexperienced as a trekker, Tom soon discovers that he will not be alone on this journey. On “The Way,” Tom meets other pilgrims from around the world, each with their own “issues” looking for greater meaning in their lives: a Dutchman (Yorick van Wageningen) a Canadian (Deborah Kara Unger) and an Irish writer (James Nesbitt) who is suffering from a bout of “writer’s block.”
From the unexpected and oftentimes amusing experiences along “The Way,” this unlikely quartet of misfits create an everlasting bond as Tom begins to learn what it means to be a citizen of the world. This journey helps Tom spiritually resolve his relationship with his son and discover the meaning of his son’s message to him: “You don’t choose a life; you live one.”
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