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Review: The Way

Martin Sheen embarks on a treacly sweet emotional hike
By BRETT MICHEL  |  October 4, 2011
2.5 2.5 Stars

Charlie Sheen finally drops dead in The Way. Oh, my mistake — that might be the subject of a future documentary, and not of this treacly inspirational drama starring his 70-year-old dad, Martin. Sheen's brother, Emilio Estevez, who also wrote and directed this adaptation of Jack Hitt's collection of stories, Off The Road, is the one who kicks the bucket here. Or rather, his character Daniel does, dying unexpectedly in a freak storm while walking the spiritual, and very photogenic, El Camino de Santiago, or the Way of Saint James, a famed pilgrimage route that begins in France and passes through Galicia on the way to Spain. Sheen is Tom, Daniel's grieving father, an American ophthalmologist and widower tasked with retrieving his estranged son's remains in St. Jean Pied de Port. Tom decides to honor Daniel by completing his journey, a role to which Sheen gives his full heart. And soles.

  Topics: Reviews , Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez
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