The Grey (2012)

Live or Die on This Day

http://www.thegreythemovie.com/

Following a grueling five-week shift at an Alaskan oil refinery, workers led by sharpshooter John Ottway, are flying home for a much-needed vacation. But a brutal storm causes their plane to crash in the frozen wilderness, and only eight men, including Ottway, survive. As they trek southward toward civilization and safety, Ottway and his companions must battle mortal injuries, the icy elements, and a pack of hungry wolves.

I am amazed by how many people on IMDb that have given this movie 8, 9 and even 10 stars. It’s perhaps not the worst movie I’ve seen but it is in no way worth that kind of rating.
The good part of the movie is Liam Neeson who makes an enjoyable performance with the script that he was given. He is pretty much the reason that I gave it as much as 4 IMDb stars. The rest of the film is just plain wrong.
My first impression is, god this director likes film grain! Now this is a matter of taste of course but I don’t like when movies have artificially been made to look like they were filmed on old and crappy film. It has its places but it didn’t add anything here.
The film starts off with a plane crash which is not done very good. Neither in terms of special effects nor in terms of realism.
The lack of realism, unfortunately, continues throughout the movie. The behavior of the wolves is utterly unnatural and unrealistic. I can live with this if it’s a horror movie or some other fantasy movie but this is not supposed to be that. The actual footage of the wolves is rather mediocre as well.
Then there is this so called experienced hunter and “wolf expert”. Leaving the crash site is a dubious decision to say the least. Then we got the jumping of cliffs with a flimsy home made rope instead of just walking a bit further to get down not to mention making ammunition go off by poking wooden sticks at it, what the f…? In addition the guy knows nothing about wolves, or any other wild animal for that matter.
Just to add to this not so enjoyable experience, the film has an utterly lousy ending.

Open Road Films, Scott Free Productions, 1984 Private Defense Contractors, Inferno Distribution, Chambara Pictures, LD Entertainment by Joe Carnahan, Ian Mackenzie Jeffers.
Stars: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Dallas Roberts.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Keywords: wolf alaska airplane crash struggle for survival based on short story male camaraderie aftercreditsstinger oil company wolf pack american wilderness grieving man father son relationship wolf hunter

01/26/2012

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