In director Joe Carnahan’s The Grey, Liam Neeson headlines a suspenseful, dramatic thriller about a group of men whose plane crashes in the middle of the gruelingly frigid Alaskan wilderness. It being the freezing wilds of Alaska, it also happens to be inhabited by some pretty vicious, highly territorial wolves. As John Ottoway, Neeson’s character becomes the unofficial leader as the survivors struggle beyond the odds to stay alive and stay out of the clutches (literally) of the deadly wolves.
The scenario could be taken right out of a horror film, and the way some of the men are picked off by the wolves plays very much like something out of the horror genre in how, when you least expect it, there’s “the monster” to get its prey.
Great thrills and scares with the wolves aside, what’s very satisfying about The Grey is the surprising emotional depth it has in its portrayals of the men and their nightmarish situation. The film packs quite an emotional punch when it comes to their fight to survive. Neeson’s character, in particular, is given a heartbreaking backstory involving his wife and his near suicide attempt before the plane crash. You wouldn’t know it from the trailer, but The Grey is quite a powerful human drama in addition to the thrills it handily delivers when the wolves come out from the shadows. Like in Taken, Neeson is excellent here and proves to be a strong, forceful lead by bringing a dramatic weight and power to the film.
Overall, The Grey is a highly entertaining thriller that delivers in electrifying suspense and dramatic depth. Now available on DVD and Blu-ray, The Grey comes highly recommended.
4 out of 5 stars
About The Grey:
After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of deadly wolves haunts their every move.
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