The Grey

Posted: February 1, 2012 by tmepost in Movies, Reviews
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Reviewed By: John Burrell Jr.
Release: Jan. 27, 2012
Runtime: 117 mins.
Genre: Action/ Drama/ Adventure
Director: Joe Carnahan
Cast: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo

Liam Neeson is one of the biggest names in action movies today. It’s crazy to me that this is true especially since he’s now 60. But nonetheless he keeps turning out awesome action flick after awesome action flick. His latest entitled “The Grey” is another in the hit parade he’s been leading recently.

Neeson plays the role of John Ottway, a man who protects an oil drilling team in Alaska. They’ve made it through their last day out there and are on the return flight home. A raging blizzard hits the plane they’re traveling on and causes them to crash and the team is now stranded in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness.Now, the six surviving members of the drilling team and Ottway desperately try to make it home. All of this through a host of obstacles (weather, hunger, the wolves whose territory they’ve landed in, and even each other) trying to take them out before they get back to society.

Honestly this movie does a very good job of conveying the fears and personality of the individual characters in the group. Also, the emptiness of the wilderness the group is trapped in come across extremely well. The hard, rushing winds and the constant wolf howls instantly take the joy out of any momentary happiness the guys find. They are always in danger of dying and you can feel it. The cast gives good performances and seem well cast for the characters they play. Diaz played by Frank Grillo is one of the highlight players in this story as he constantly clashes with Nesson’s Ottway. The wolves and the way they hunt down the team and the Alpha Male’s interactions with the group make for some of the most tense moments in the film. This is especially true when the pack gets more and more brazen as the film wears on.

I don’t actually have too many complaints on this film as it presented a great mix of internal and external conflict for the protagonists. My only problem was the last 5 minutes of the film as I think Hollywood could’ve given the audience a better ending. It did have me and my friends discussing the film’s ending for sometime after we exited the theater. So, if that was their intention then mission accomplished.

I have high praise for this film and it’s cast. It was fantastic and a good movie to throw in your action movie collection when it hits DVD. Very few complaints (the black guy goes out the weakest at least it wasn’t first. The Edge I’m looking at you) as they occupy the last few minutes of the film. Even though the ending will leave something to be desired by your average movie goer, it’s a film that deserves your hard earned money. The Grey hunts down a 4 out of 5 from me.


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