The Grey: An Exquisite Movie Review
So I watched The Grey a couple nights ago with Chris, Cary, Brazle, Geoff, Shannon, and Geoff and Shannon’s unborn child. I enjoyed it. NOTE: If you’re looking for a thrilling, Taken-type of action movie, move along. This thing is more akin to The Edge, except it wasn’t written by David Mamet and didn’t star Anthony Hopkins or Alec Baldwin. Basically, a bunch of bad dudes are flying across the Alaskan wilderness when the commercial jet they’re on crashes into the frozen tundra below. Good thing the suicidal wolf expert (Neeson) survives, because the survivors soon find out their main threat is neither severe cold, frostbite, dehydration, starvation, hypothermia, nor shame; nope, its wolves. The humans are in the wolves’ territory, and the wolves are mad. Oh wait, I guess one guy’s main threat is the altitude or something, although they aren’t in the mountains. Ummm….hypoxia. That’s what he died from. Poor guy couldn’t get enough blood to his brain. My point is, these people crash and have to survive, just like in The Edge.
There’s also a hint of The Thing, what with there being a finite group of people stranded in a frozen wilderness slowly getting picked off by wild animals/an alien. Actually, I’m not sure this wasn’t The Thing: Alaska. I mean, the wolves sounded like freaking lions mixed with a Tyrannosaurus Rex, so its possible they were transforming off screen into an alien that sounds like a Tyrannosaurus Rex/Lion hybrid and then attacking the humans. If this film doesn’t win an Academy Award for Best Sound, then I will give you a full refund for this blog. Having said that, I’m fully aware this review mightn’t have given you adequate information yet to make it clear as to whether or not you would like the movie, so here are some directives from me to you that I’m sure will be helpful:
If you like wilderness survival tales, go watch.
If you like gorgeous cinematography (I loved lots of the shots in this one), go watch.
If you like Liam Neeson and are giddy each time he releases another crummy January movie, go watch.
If you never knew there was such a thing as an omega wolf (think opposite of alpha wolf) and want to see how one is strategically utilized by a wolfpack against humans in the wilderness, go watch.
If you live in Minnesota and are a fan of the Timberwolves, go watch.
If you are a fan of Teen Wolf, go watch.
If you are Kevin Costner, Sarah Palin, or a fan of either, go watch.
If you are a fan of pervasive use of the F word, go watch.
If you want to see Liam Neeson fight a real wolf, destroy the alpha wolf, take over a wolf-pack, build a helicopter out of wilderness trees, and fly to Las Vegas, go watch. NOTE: some plot elements from the previous sentence might have been left on the cutting room floor, but you’ll have to watch to find out!!!!
If you liked The American with George Clooney, go watch. I found both to have some gorgeous photography, albeit of drastically different subjects.
If you’re on Team Jacob, go watch.
Here’s what really strikes me about the movie – everyone I know who saw it has a slightly different take on what the message is. No one can fully agree on what the takeaway was supposed to be, and it can be quite interesting to see how your impression compares with that of others who’ve seen it. I guess its like a book club in that respect. Wait, who am I kidding? Nobody wants to talk about existential philosophy crap, nobody likes book clubs, and no one wants to discuss the juxtaposition of giving up versus continuing the fight. We just want to see Liam Neeson punch wolves in the face. Rest assured, if that’s what you want, that’s what you will get with The Grey, along with fantastic visuals and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and LOTS of F words.