In The Grey, Liam Neeson leads an unruly group of oil-rig roughnecks when their plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Battling mortal injuries and merciless weather, the survivors have only a few days to escape the icy elements – and a vicious pack of rogue wolves on the hunt – before their time runs out. – (C) Open Road Films
|Date||Apr 2, 2012|
|Tags||Action, Adventure, Liam Neeson, Survival, The Grey.|
Written By: Taylor Razzani
The Grey may seem like any other survival movie full of struggles with nature as well as tension between the survivors. But this movie goes beyond the norm by creating emotional connections between the characters and the movie goers.
The story is about Alaskan oil rig workers whose plane goes down in the icy wilderness. After the crash, the survivors have a few issues with each other, each one has their own checkered past which causes anger and distrust amongst them. As the movie progresses, the survivors begin to band together to find their way home, survive the elements, and escape the wolves that pursue them.
From the onset of the crash, Ottway (Liam Neeson) takes control and tries to unite his fellow survivors. Back at the oil rig his job was to fend off any animal threats, which has enabled him to understand their behaviors. His survival skills eventually help him gain the confidence of the survivors.
The casting in this movie goes beyond the great choice of casting Liam Neeson in the ass-kicking lead role. All of his fellow survivors, Diaz (Frank Grillo), Talget (Dermot Mulroney) and Hendrick (Dallas Roberts) to name a few, have that rough-and-tumble exterior with a hidden softer side. Each of the actors convincingly portrays the tough ex-convict side as well as the human sides to their characters.
Each of the characters has a troubled past which has brought them to the Alaskan oil rig. But as they trek through the harsh elements their icy exteriors begin to melt away and their light begins to show, even in the cold, dark Alaskan wilderness. The audience quickly grows to like and even connect with the men.
The plane crash survivors are not alone in the wilderness. They are joined by a pack of wolves that haunt their every move. These wolves are the dark and sinister adversaries that not only keep the cast on the toes, but the audience on the edge of their seats as well.
The silence of the white Alaskan wilderness and the falling snow is occasionally broken by the four-legged predators. Their vicious attacks will have you jumping out of your seat and send your heart racing. You will learn that wolves can be every bit as terrifying as any horror movie monster.
Between these walking nightmares and the emotional sides of the main characters, The Grey is a movie that demands your attention. What you get from this movie is not just regular movie entertainment, but an intense survival film that will keep your eyes glued until the closing credits. The Grey has an interesting cast of characters that you will root for throughout all of their trials.