Jack Torrance flytter sammen med hans kone og deres 5 årige søn Danny ind på det elegante, men isolerede Overlook Hotel i Colorados bjerge. Her har Jack fået job som visevært i vintersæsonen. Han håber på at få ro til at skrive, - men efter meget kort tid opdager de, at hotellets bærer på mange grusomme hemmeligheder. Jack bliver gradvis mere utilregnelig og det går op for dem alle, hvor isoleret de er i bjergene.
" Gennem sin karriere har Ben Affleck både lavet gode og mindre gode præstationer. Han nyeste film ’The Way Back’ bliver klart en af dem, som kommer på listen over de gode. Filmen er et sportsdrama, og handler om en tidligere basketball-spiller og nuværende alkoholiker, som bliver tilbudt en tjans som træner for sit tidligere high-school basketballhold. Formlen for filmen virker simpel, og det ville have været alt for nemt at falde ned i alle klichéerne, men ’The Way Back’ vil mere end det og er ikke bange for at vise både mørke og realitet. "
Ben Affleck is Jack Cunningham, an alcoholic construction worker for whom the days of sports glory seem to be gone. A former basketball superstar with great talent and bright future, today Jack is a lonely man, separated from his wife. He drowns his guilt and regrets, his disappointment from life in litters of alcohol, without seeing the end of this rocky road. Luckily, a surprising proposal promises to take Jack out of his miserable living and give him a second chance. A chance to help a group of boys who love to play basketball, believe in themselves and find their way to success. When he learns that the previous coach has received a heart attack, Jack decides to accept the offer and start coaching the team of his alma matter. Without much belief in his own abilities, without much hope for a better life, Jack has to find strength and raise not only himself, but also the boys who trust him.
" Through his career, Ben Affleck has made both good and less good performances. His newest movie ‘The Way Back’ will definitely go on the good list. The movie is a sports drama about the former basketball player and current alcoholic, who gets offered a job as a high school basketball trainer for his old team. The formula for the movie seems simple, and it would be easy to hit all the clichés, but ‘The Way Back’ wants to do more and isn’t afraid to show both darkness and reality. "