The Grey (2011)

The Grey
Director: Joe Carnahan
Writer: Joe Carnahan, Ian Mackenzie Jeffers
Based on: Ian Mackenzie Jeffers’ short story “Ghost Walker”
Cast: Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Joe Anderson, Nonso Anozie, James Badge Dale

Ottway (Liam Neeson) works for an oil company as a huntsman – protecting the workers in Alaska from various natural threats like wolves. Unfortunately, one night the company plane crashes and Ottway finds himself stranded with a few other workers in the freezing middle of nothing. As they make their way south, it’s not only the cold and lacking provision that is a problem, though. They are being followed by an especially vicious pack of wolves that picks them off one by one.

I expected this movie to be awesome: I expected Liam Neeson to punch wolves and be a hard-ass and generally, I just wanted a mindless action flick. Unfortunately what I got instead was a meditation on how a man is supposed to die and it was so. incredibly. boring.

I now know that I went into the film with completely the wrong expectations: unfortunately I made the mistake of trusting the movie’s marketing team. Which I guess was right about one thing: if I had known what the movie was actually was like, I (and probably most people) wouldn’t have wanted to see it in the first place.

Even so, I can’t discard the possibility that I might have liked the movie better if I had known what I was getting into. At least I wouldn’t have waited the entire film for Liam Neeson smashing mini bar bottles between his fingers and beating up a wolf with home-made wolverine claws. Because you know fucking what? The image below: Is the last image of the movie. We never even get to see that fight.

But somehow I doubt that I would have liked the movie any better even if I had wanted to see an inherent male philosphizing about the manliness of men.  The dialogue was incredibly schlocky and if there had been one more scene where they were sitting around a campfire talking about their kids, I probably would have screamed.

At least there was Liam Neeson. He is still awesome and great and all kinds of things. And he’s the only thing that makes the film at least bearable.

Summarising: I still wish I had gotten the movie I expected before actually seeing it.

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