|In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggle to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Hunting the humans are a pack of wolves who see them as intruders.
The Grey is not “artsy” enough to be nominated for an Academy Award, but it was most likely the best movie I have seen all year. What makes the movie stand out is its balance. The movie manages to be a thriller, drama, action flick, and dialogue-driven all-in-one. An impressive feat considering most movies that try to incorporate multiple elements end up falling flat.
Like many critics, I was very surprised by the movie. The Grey was marketed as a pure action movie – Man vs. Wolf. It was refreshing to see that there was much more to it. The movie explores various aspects of life and death, fear and survival. No movie, to this point, has made me think of death in the way that The Grey did. There are scenes that are so raw that you can’t help but feel really uncomfortable. The movie is also punctuated with action sequences and gore, but it is used somewhat sparingly – adding to the intensity of the scenes when they occur.
Liam Neeson always demands attention on-screen, and The Grey is no exception. He excels at playing intense characters and can usually be found in intense action movies kicking some serious ass. In The Grey, however, he shows off more of his acting skills and has much more depth to his character. Although he plays an intense character, he also engages in a lot of deep dialogue relating to life and death. His character is also highly believable in the sense that, although his character was a badass, he also showed signs of weakness and openly admitted his fear in their desperate situation.
The movie takes place in the Alaskan wilderness, adding to the movie’s intensity. One thing this movie will do is destroy any desire you have to visit Alaska – if you had any to begin with. The premise of the movie (I know, I’m describing it really late in this review) is a number of oil drillers get stranded in Alaska after their plane crashes. They must then survive the elements as well as a number of angry wolves that are hunting them down one by one.
Overall the movie is well balanced, highly intriguing as well as intense and exciting. Add it to your list of must-sees. You won’t regret it.