India, March 26 -- The Way BackDirector - Gavin O'ConnorCast - Ben Affleck, Al Madrigal, Michaela Watkins, Janina Gavankar

It is said that the great Michael Jordan would arrive before everybody else for practice, and would stay back longer than them. It was a mark of greatness. This is the anecdote I was immediately reminded of while watching a scene in The Way Back, in which an upstart high school basketball player arrives five minutes late for a training session, and is promptly dropped from the team by the coach, Jack Cunningham.

Played by Ben Affleck, Jack was a star player in his youth, but allowed alcohol and grief to consume him later in life. When we first meet him, he's working at a construction site. After his old school's bas...