That poignant shot of Ottway (oddway?) lookin' up & cussing to "god", asking for a shot at surviving, begging for a miracle. How Bergman-y/Dreyer-y was that? No use>they all die. No country for men. No forgiveness. No redemption. No happy ending. Most, decent family men. Wallets collected as dog tags off of fallen soldiers. Wolves' den as hell.THE best plane crash I've seen on the last decade(puts "Flight" to shame).
A literate Hollowoodized action-thriller in these modern times? Yup. The Grey is a film that despite its action-blockbuster elements is still heartfelt. It's an existentialist mediation on death, mortality, and what it means to be (and to stay) alive. One of the most poetic and affecting films with blockbuster elements in the post-modern age. It has it all, from: action, to drama, emotion, and (gasp!) higher meaning.
I enjoyed this movie leagues more than I thought I would. Liam Neeson is fantastic and the ending is badass as all hell. Wish the cinematography was a little better and showed off some of that beautiful landscape a little more but oh well. This is truly the definition of an all out entertaining movie.
Its like Jack London wrote The Thing while taking out the creepy elements and replacing them with religious undertones. But the undertones don't over-weigh the movie. This seems like a good father/son bonding movie. It makes me wanna run out to the wilderness and tackle a bear. Powerful.
Problem was, despite a really good premise, good actors, and a good director, the film plays too much on the 'badass' situations, terrible dialogues, and the danger that encountered every slasher film: the villain is known too early, and we don't feel scared by the wolves at some point. Liam Neeson is good, as always. And come on, take out these disgusting flashback shots of him and his wife. That's awful.
Fantastic film, it certainly has a rawness to it that puts you in survival mode. All this talk about how realistic the wolves are is beside the point of the film. The big question is, when you die, who will you be thinking about? And what will you look back on? Check out my podcast episode on this film here: http://ryanestabrooks.com/Podcasts.html
Liam Neeson survives a plane crash in Alaska only to be hunted by a pack of ravenous wolves in this first rate thriller directed by Joe Carnahan (NARC). A smart, character driven thriller that gives Neeson one of his strongest roles in years. Takes a potentially goofy genre plot and turns it into something lean and powerful. A rare stand-out January release. Heartbreaking & terrifying.
The survival-adventure side of this film, riveting in the way it confronts death head-on and deconstructs masculine ideals, sits awkwardly with the CGI-infused 'creature feature' aspect. Frankly, the wolves would have been far more effective if they had been employed sparingly. Instead they're a lazy device used by the writers whenever they want to ratchet up the tension or get the characters moving.