Movie Review: The Grey

Saturday, March 3, 2012
Synopsis: A group of oil-rig roughnecks are left stranded on the sub-arctic tundra after their plane experiences a complete mechanical failure and crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. The survivors, battling mortal injuries, biting cold and ravenous hunger, are relentlessly hunted and pursued by a vicious pack of rogue wolves.
Starring: Liam Neeson, Dallas Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo. Nonso Anozie
Directed by: Joe Carnahan
U.S. Rating: R

Director Joe Carnahan reteamed with Liam Neeson to bring one of the most tense survival thrillers I've seen in a very long time. Based in the cold and wild desolated areas of Alaska, this film brings a great photography and an intense story of men trying to survive a plane crash, terrible winter weather and wild animals, in this particular case, wolves.

Liam Neeson has been one of my top favorite actors for a long time. In recent years, he's consolidated his prestigious acting performance and presence in Hollywood with amazing action films and thrillers like Taken, Unknown, Chloe, After.Life or even The A-Team. His acting performance in this tense thriller was superb. In this particular film, his tough "I'm done with all this" attitude towards people and his reality looked a piece of cake for him. He was simply great.

The film, as said before, was extremely tense. A few group of men who survived a plane crash in the middle of nowhere, in the extremely cold winter of Alaska, fighting for their lives to get to a save place, since they were chased and hunted by a pack of wild wolves. It was a bloody film, yes, but not in a disgusting way.

Liam Neeson plays the role of John Ottway, a quiet man who works in Alaska killing the wolves that threaten an oil drilling team. On his last day on the job, Ottway pens a letter to his wife Ana and plans to commit suicide. While holding his gun to his mouth, however, Ottway hears the howl of a wolf, which stops him.

Ottway and the oil drilling team head home on a plane, but it crashes in a heavy blizzard. Ottway sees a vision of his wife but suddenly awakens to find himself in the middle of this cold, white desert, with an horrific image of the plane completely destroyed, on fire and dead people all over the place.

After finding a few survivals, Ottway assumes leadership of the group and sets the survivors to task collecting material for a fire. While Ottway is searching for wood, he's attacked by a gray wolf. He is quickly rescued by the others and explains that they are most likely standing in the wolves' territory and are unwelcome. From this moment on, he knows they're in extremely danger and they need to do whatever it takes to find a safe place. Ottway and the remaining survivors continue on and make camp in the woods, being followed and in some cases, attacked by this wild pack of wolves.

Further in their travels, the dwindling survivors come across a high canyon wall within which, screened by trees, they identify a river and a possible route of escape. They have to face more difficulties and accidents on the way, leaving some other survivals on the way.

At the end, Ottway (being the only survival left) finds himself surrounded by the pack of wolves, leading Ottway to discover that he has walked right into their den. He is soon spotted by the alpha male and the other pack members back off. Ottway is all by himself, to fight for his life against the alpha male, and maybe, be able to keep his journey back home.

Definitely a great film to watch, totally recommended.

I would rate this movie with a 4/5

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