WARNING: Before reading this review or seeing ‘The Grey’ please take time to consider the following:
1. Make sure you don’t have a holiday planned that requires air travel.
2. Make sure you’re not pregnant or have any heart conditions.
3. Make sure you’re not emotionally attached to any wolf canine breed of domestic animal.
4. That you’re happy to pull out any remaining precious hair that you have left on your balding head.
5. Make sure you own a decent pair of brown underpants.
Heed the warnings because ‘The Grey’ is an intense survival thriller that makes Bear Grills from ‘Man vs. Wild’ look like a fairy.
An oil drilling team find themselves stranded in the wild of Alaska after a plane crash. In order to survive they must endure the elements and outsmart a pack of wolves that are hunting them.
‘The Grey’ is like a punch in the face with a fist covered in barbed wire strapped to an electric taser. Director Joe Carnahan keeps the tension wound tight and you never have time to get complacent or relax. It’s a story of survival and Carnahan is clever to give his characters emotional weight on top of the gripping action. Rather than just being walking body bags, you care for the characters and want to see them live.
Liam Neeson is fantastic playing a tough guy and his physicality for a guy that’s almost 60 is amazing. It’s not all action for Neeson though, and there is a surprising amount of tenderness given to his character as his past is explored via flashbacks. The supporting cast is great with honourable mentions to Dallas Roberts, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, Joe Anderson, Nonso Anozie and James Badge Dale.
At around the halfway point the film takes on a ‘Final Destination’ vibe as Mother Nature finds creative ways to knock off or maim the survivors. It gets a little tiresome, especially the scenes involving the wolves stalking the crew.
‘The Grey’ is a wild ride and will answer the question of how long you can hold your breath, and then quickly knock it out of you. Cinema seats will be torn apart, popcorn will fly and there might even be a few tears – hold on tight.
The Popcorn Junkie
‘The Grey’ is released 16 February 2012.
The Popcorn Junkie