The Grey: Film action packed but too predictable

Published by adviser, Author: Jimmy Graner - Rocket Contributor, Date: February 3, 2012

Liam Neeson is an actor known for playing big parts in movies that make a name for him in all suspects of action. He uses this to his advantage when he is put in the cold area of Alaska to lead a group of people to survival.

“The Grey” gives viewers a look at what could happen if a plane crashes due to snowy conditions in the one place where no one can find you or hear you scream.

Luckily for the known survivors, they have one person who they can really depend on for survival.

The main character Ottway (Neeson), alongside a group of oilrig workers, is en route home to visit family members.

Supporting actors like Dallas Roberts (“3:10 to Yuma”) and Dermot Mulroney (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”) gain some notoriety for being just as tough as Neeson.

Due to snowy conditions, the plane crashes somewhere along the way, killing everyone on board except for a select few.

The whole plane-crashing scene was so powerful for me because of the way they broke up some of the camera shots, showing the viewers what is happening not only to Neeson, but also to everyone else on board.

Ottway, who explains his occupation in the film later, must guide the fellow workers to survival.

Whether that is against hungry, vicious wolves, or the freezing, frigid temperatures of Anchorage, Alaska, the path to hope is far from close.

Out of the seven people who are known survivors, each character builds their own personality and how they handle or react to certain outcomes.

During the film, one can tell when something bad is going to happen and how it affects the rest of the characters.

Each new problem makes survival even tougher than before. Soon the audience learns about loved ones that are waiting at home, and if the group of men will ever see them again.

As the story progresses, one starts picking out characters who they want to see live or bite the big one.

It’s just like any other movie where the main aspect is to keep you wondering what is going to happen next, and if it changes the overall outcome of the film.

As far as the technical aspects go, the computer-generated wolves, for me, looked a little too ferocious to actually exist.

Although they seem to have more personality traits than some of the supporting actors do, they should at least seem a little realistic.

There’s not a lot of blood and gore scenes in the movie, but when there are, they make you squirm.

One can also tell when an untimely death will occur.

One minute, a man is sitting in a chair minding his own business, and then BAM, something unfortunate happens.

As the ending draws near, you start to question if any of the men will make it out alive.

If you’re looking for a movie that makes you want to be a part of the action, or to just follow the incredible storyline of survival, then this movie is for you.

The rating of “R” is given, due to extreme violence/language and disturbing scenes, along with said bloody images.

If you have the time and bearing to sit through the almost two-hour movie, and be disappointed just by how the movie ends, make sure to stick around and catch the stinger.


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