Monday, June 18, 2012

Jason reviews The Grey

More than just an adventure film, Joe Carnahan's The Grey is a study on the bond between men, life, and the things that are most important to us. Great, I took a surprisingly thrilling man-versus-nature story and made it sound boring. Well done, Jay!

After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led to survival by a skilled huntsman, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step. Fortunately for the men, they have current reigning bad ass Liam Neeson as said huntsman, and he knows a thing or two about wolves.

I didn't dig The Grey as much as I thought I would. It's decent, don't get me wrong, with some seriously intense sequences. The wolf attacks play like Jaws on land, with one freaky and violent encounter after another. There's also one particularly exciting attempt to escape off the side of a cliff that had my heart in my throat. 

Too bad the stuff in between gets stale before the movie plays out. I like drama and philosophy, and dig character beats, but there's too much of that. Maybe, if the film had been trimmed, these scenes wouldn't have felt so repetitive. They slow an otherwise exciting flick down.

Don't get me wrong; this is a good movie. But it's one I won't visit again. A Bad for The Grey from me.


  1. I thought this movie was lacking something as well. All I could think of at the end was, "That's it?! The end??" I was a little bored by it all.

  2. Apparently Carnahan shot an ending showing Neeson's fight with the wolf but never intended to show it. It is a special feature somewhere.