A PROMISING TRAILER PROMISED TOO MUCH
I was really excited to see The Grey. Over the last few years, Liam Neeson has proven that he can take on anything with movies like Taken & Unknown. Liam vs Wolves made perfect sense to me. I absolutely adored the first 10-15 minutes of The Grey. Liam’s character Ottway is established as a quiet hunter with a long lost love. All I could think about was the inevitable clash between Ottway and a pack of angry wolves with glass taped to his knuckles…
At the end of the day, I was a little disappointed with the penultimate ‘clash’. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the ending. Lets just say there better be a big awesome deleted scene on the Blu Ray. Regardless, I think it was fitting ending given the story director Joe Carnahan was trying to tell. The Grey is a good movie.
It’s a gorgeous survival tale full of tense moments and crazy wolf attacks. (Although I have to say the attack in Adam Green’s Frozen was a little more intense.) The wolves themselves were pretty sweet and the situation the men find themselves in is terrifying. I’ve always said that I’d never go on vacation near snow because freezing to death is one of my biggest fears. I now have two reasons to avoid Alaska.
My main problem with the movie is that, aside from Ottway’s back story, there isn’t much else going on except a group of men trying to survive. There really weren’t many surprises and most of the kills happen in the order you expect. That’s why this movie is better suited to be rented. However, since it is a relatively slow month, I suppose a trip to the theater wouldn’t be a complete waste.
REVIEW IN 2: Cold, Survival