After surviving a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, a group of oil rig workers must fight for their lives in the ice and snow against a pack of wolves.
Liam Neeson (Ottway), Frank Grillo (Diaz), Dermot Mulroney (Talget), Dallas Roberts (Hendrick), Joe Anderson (Flannery), Nonso Anozie (Burke), James Dale (Lewenden), Ben Bray (Hernandez).
The Grey has an interesting start with the plane crash before the story crashes for a bit. The film just feels almost like it comes to a complete stop for a bit as it figures out where to go. Once it starts moving again things really get moving and the film maintains a good pace and holds audience attention easily through the end. For something of a man vs. nature theme, The Grey was very entertaining on several levels.
Neeson did a pretty good job in this one. Considering his age he can still pull off a film with intense action well. Mulroney presented well as usual, as did Grillo, Roberts, and the remainder of the cast.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were very well done and the film felt very realistic. The scenery was fantastic. Effects were a mix of physical and CGI and both were nicely done. The wolves seemed a bit larger than life in a few scenes but the film recovered well. Dialogue was good and kept the film entertaining. Sound and soundtrack were both good.
Overall The Grey was surprisingly good once it got going with nicely done action scenes, suspense, terror, and some horror. Those who like a good action adventure film will probably enjoy this the most.
With plenty of gore, violence disturbing content, and foul language save this for older teens and above.
The Grey is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
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