Movie Review: THE GREY
Directed by: Joe Carnahan
Starring: Liam Neeson, a pack of vicious wolves and bunch of unknown cast members
Running time: 117 minutes
Before I begin, have an open mind about this movie. Don’t underestimate the powerful meaning of the story. The movie centres around John Ottway (Liam Neeson) who earns a living by killing wolves that threaten to attack an oil drilling team in Alaska. Ottway writes a letter to his wife, telling her that he plans to commit suicide. He attempts just that, but as he hears a wolf howling from afar, he pulls the trigger of his rifle – and it doesn’t go off (for some strange poetic reason).
As Ottway and the team of oil drillers head home on a plane, it hits a blizzard and crashes on a snow covered mountain side. Many die from the crash, but Ottway and a few others survive. Not long after, a couple of the survivors get attacked and mauled by gray wolves. Ottway being the most experienced with wolves, rallies the others to stick together and survive this ordeal. The next morning, they wake up and find another one of the survivors killed by a gray wolf. Realizing how vulnerable they have been, Ottway leads the group to hike away from the crash site and into the forest.
Along the way, one by one survivor gets attacked and killed by these demonic-like wolves. The plot has its fair share of thrills and suspense. The main philosophy that is endearing to me is the basic tale of survival. How it is when it seems like everything is against you – even God has turned his back on you; and yet your own WILL is your only solace.
This is exactly what the movie is about, how Ottway thru his journey leading the group of survivors – would experience a soul-searching endevour to LIVE. A few flashbacks of his wife appear throughout his ordeal and that leads him to the climax of the movie. He is the only survivor left, and low and behold – he finds himself right in the middle of the wolves’ den. The alpha male, walks up slowly to him like as if it’s been waiting all along for Ottway. With one last bout of courage and will to survive, Ottway embraces himself by arming shards of broken glass around his fists and takes on the wolf head on, before the screen goes black.
Wait a little longer after the credits, and there will be a scene of both Ottway and the wolf lying on the ground – quizzing you on whether he made it or not.
Acting / Performance: 6.5
Plot / Story: 7.5
Music / Score: 6
In a single number: 7
Movie Review by Just Me, The Mr