The Grey is a survival movie in which John Ottway (Liam Neeson) and a group of oil workers crash in the frozen Alaskan tundra and try to make it to safety, whilst being pursued by a pack of merciless wolves.
Despite Liam Neeson putting in yet another solid performance cast in a solemn, brooding role, the plot meanders towards the realms of the ridiculous as the less than expert group of survivors were too frozen to either put up a fight, or even think clearly, unless it involved telling stories around the campfire.
Consequently, the group decided against constructing a survival barricade from the wreckage of their plane, scavenging for supplies, forging weapons against the wolves which they could then view as a possible food source, while waiting for rescue, in favour of traipsing across the freezing open countryside and into the woods without even a pointy stick to protect themselves. Besides, as John Ottway lamely explains:
“If they send fifty planes, maybe they’ll find us. But they won’t send fifty planes, because it won’t matter, because…we won’t have time to wait for the one or two that they will send.”
Other baffling moments in the movie included the chipper group surviving the frozen temperatures with mini camp fires; and a guy jumping 30 feet across a 100 foot cliff into some trees with a load of bed sheets attached to him, which they miraculously drummed up from nowhere . Even more incredibly, three wolves were somehow already waiting to pounce on them on the other side. I could go on but my best suggestion to you is that if you’re after a smart survival tale, watch The Edge, instead.
- Rated: R
- Action, Adventure, Horror
- Release Date: 1/27/2012
- Directed by: Joe Carnahan
- Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Liam Neeson
- Produced by: Joe Carnahan, Jules Daly, Mickey Liddell, Ridley Scott
- Written by: Ian MacKenzie Jeffers, Joe Carnahan
- Studio: 1984 Private Defense Contractors, Liddell Entertainment, Scott Free Productions