starring: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney and Frank Grillo
Trading away highly explosive action for something truly terrifying, actor Liam Neeson ventures off to Alaska as John, a hunter tormented by his personal demons, ready to end it all one day with a shotgun to his mouth, but stopping mere moments later to do his job as a paid wolf killer.
|Paid to kill wolves, paid to save lives,|
ironic both will come to pay him back
Seeing Ridley Scott had something to do with this (he only produced it), and marketed as a "Companion Film" for Christian groups, what got me seeing The Grey was the fact that one description of the film had something to do with wolves being slashers. Now I know wolves are very territorial, I don't think they're violent enough to be compared to masked maniacs and giggling psychos; then again, I watch a survival-horror flick to see a guy get mauled by a wolf rather than discuss facts.
What I like here is it's actually more of a "Companion Piece" to survival horrors, only slightly better, and gory. It builds a lot from its main character; John (Liam Neeson), our protagonist with much complexity in his role that he's very easy to root for and his cgarcter intriuges us. The six others including John Diaz (Frank Grillo), Talget (Dermot Mulroney) , Hendrick (Dallas Roberts), Burke (Nonso Anozie), Hernandez (Ben Bray), and Todd Flannery (Joe Anderson) took turns to show a little about themselves, albeit some are one-dimensional and/or killed off pretty soon by the wolves.
|My love for wolves put to good use|
While not running away or fending off the wolves, the cast are also pitted against nature and its ticks, from blizzards to river currents, which took a good toll to them, and looked great with top-notch cinematography that added the film's needed tension and atmosphere (That and it's awesome in widescreen!). What makes this a little different from any other survival scenes is that it took its time on it, instead of rushing it in a high-thrilled action scene, making us feel the situation rather than just see it. There are also some comic reliefs, which are thankfully not too off-place, and a lot of heart-aching moments such as a dying man's panicking during some of the earlier scenes and, what I think will stand out the most, John cursing to God, which is incredibly well acted and moving.
|Broken Bottles! The new weapon against wolves!|
So far, 2012 had a lot to answer for us when it comes to horror flicks. Last Month we saw Hostel 3 step down from it's torture kicks, last week I saw Hellraiser Revelation "reveal" that they had no more ideas left and New Pinhead overdo his mystique, and yesterday I just saw Victor Salva's mediocre, though entertaining, mini-effort Rosewood Lane. Seeing The Grey was a Godsend for me; at last a well-acted, well-produced and decently decent survival-horror that's both an emotional journey into God's and Nature's lowest and a thrill-ride for survival. So tape that Knife and broken bottles to your fists and see this flick when you can! I highly recommend it!
1 wolf shot
a number of people got killed in plane crash
1 male disemboweled during crash, bled to death
1 male wounded in plane crash, bled to death
1 female found being eaten by wolves
1 male mauled by wolf
1 male mauled by wolves
1 wolf shot by make-shift shotgun shell weapon
1 male froze to death in sleep
1 male slams against a tree and hit every branch in fall, mauled by wolves
1 male presumably mauled by wolves
1 male leg caught in a rock and drowned in river
1 male mauled by wolf
1 wolf seen dying from wounds