Once more into the fray.
Into the last good fight I'll ever know.
Live and die on this day.
Live and die on this day.
Though this is months and months overdue, I finally got around to watching The Grey, the action packed thriller with Liam Neeson. The film was amazingly entertaining and quite riveting. Beautifully directed, the film is startling, thrilling, horrifying, and breath taking all at the same time. I thought it was visually beautiful as well. The film revolves around a bunch of Alaskan oil-rig workers who must survive the Alaskan wilderness after their plane crashes on their trip home. The group of survivors is led by John Ottway (Neeson), a trained killer who worked on the rig to protect the crew from cavernous wolves. When the plane goes down, the survivors must face the brutal conditions of the wilderness, try to maintain their sanity and must escape the pack of wolves that his hunting them down.
This is a true survival story if there ever was one. The group of survivors are broken down and stripped to their very core as they are tested physically and mentally. I thought the film was quite shocking in a good way. Auditory and visual aspects to the film are amazing. Every sound, growl, and snowflake hit you and pulls on your emotions. Here are a few thoughts on the film.
1) The film is one of the best survival films in ages. There is a great balance of the emotional and physical aspects of going through something like this. Liam Neeson and the rest of the cast are great and you really see them going through all the stages of emotions from despair, to hope, to grief, and finally submission to the inevitable.
2) The film is quite graphic. Essentially, you are watching a pack of wolves hunt down this group of survivors one by one. There are numerous attack sequences and yes, all the gore you can imagine. Director Joe Carnahan doesn’t shy away at all from showing the brutality of both the plane crash and the wolf killings. If you cant stomach gore, this film is not for you.
3) This film is falsely advertised. Without taking anything away from the film, the awesome Neeson vs Wolves trailer we all saw is not the actual film. The film is more a survivalist thriller than action packed kick *ss film. For those of you expecting an entire film of Neeson beating the crap out of some wolves you will be very disappointed.
So again, I loved this film. It was beautiful and stunning. The film is a story about courage, bravery, death and the acceptance of what our lives really mean. This is a must see for anyone who can stomach it.
Violence: Very Violent and Very Gory (you see everything)
Language: Brief Strong Language
Run time: 78 minutes
Grade: 4 Stars