Directed by Joe Carnahan
Ottway (Neeson) is a wolf hunter up in Alaska. On his way home, his plane goes down and only eight survive the crash. Ottway in the others make camp in the freezing cold of Alaska, trying to keep it together. Surviving the crash is one thing, but surviving the wolves that keep hunting them down is a complicated task when they have nothing to do protect themselves with.
“The Grey” is a simple movie to describe. At the heart of it, it’s a survival movie and pretty predictable. Liam Neeson is the leader of the group (why wouldn’t he be when he is a wolf hunter and knows how they prey?). Liam’s character and the group decide staying by the plane might be a poor decision since the wolves keep coming back so they trek to the woods in hopes of finding shelter.
This film is a pretty intense movie and by the end of it, you don’t know how to feel about it. The ending is what you gets you. “The Grey” could have easily moved from a “B-” to a “B” or “B+” if the director had expanded the last scene instead of cutting it short. Or perhaps made an alternate ending. While it’s been a while since a fight for survival has been in theaters (unlike “Haywire” but more fighting against nature) it’s a nice change from the action movies.
“The Grey” was more of a movie you would watch at home and definitely better to rent than buy (unless you’re a sucker for Liam Neeson films and survival genres). Personally, I thought it was a good movie. Maybe not the best one made but it was different and Liam Neeson wasn’t too disappointing.