Technically speaking THE GREY is a first class action thriller…
It’s got all the elements of fright, surprise, action and manly survival one could ask for. And its primary setting of the sub-arctic Alaskan wilderness is relentless as duplicated for the film in Canada.
THE GREY stars Liam Neeson as an unlikely hero who, along with a group of oil-rig roughnecks, are the only survivors left and stranded after their plane crashes into this godforsaken icy horrorland.
But if the jet crash and the Alaskan winter wasn’t brutal enough, the survivors now face a new enemy, a vicious packs of rogue wolves.
And they’re hungry.
One by one the men are brutally attacked and torn to pieces by these four-legged demons. Yet as the group shrinks in numbers they continue to forge ahead through the snow and raging blizzards in search of lifesaving humanity. All the while losing their battle of trying to fight off these hounds from hell.
And so it goes for nearly two relentless hours of screen time until it’s down to just Neeson, the elements and the wolves.
Can he and will he finally survive the final showdown between man and beast?
Well, the filmmakers here come dangerously close in showing this horrific one-on-one—that is until the screen suddenly goes dark and the credits begin to roll.
Hint: Try to stay through the entire end-credits for one final brief scene. It may not be the big payoff you were hoping for but it certainly points the conclusion in the right direction.
One final observation.
The plane crash, as staged from the perspective of inside the jet’s cabin, is unlike any I’ve ever witnessed in a movie. Absolutely terrifying. Hats off to the filmmakers and especially the so-called set designers and decorators.
Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo and James Badge Dale in director Joe Carnahan’s THE GREY, raising 3 out of 5 menacing fingers.
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