The Grey (2011)

The Grey (2011)

Directed by: Joe Carnahan

Starring: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo

Survival movies like The Grey just hold absolutely no interest for me. It’s always just minor variations on the same theme, with the same cast of four or five character tropes, and it always ends the same way. It’s like a slasher flick for the Man vs. Wild set.

Liam Neeson is a hired killer for an oil company (???) on a plane with a bunch of other oilfield workers that crashes into the tundra. They have to stay alive with no provisions, and also there’s a pack of wolves out to eat them, for some reason.

To be perfectly honest, this movie goes against everything I’ve ever heard about wolves. Like how they wouldn’t attack people unless there was really nothing else around for them to get, especially if they’re in a group and start fires and shit. Neeson has a line at the beginning where he says something to the effect of, “these are man-eaters, don’t forget it” and that becomes the reason that the wolves attack the survivors. So the threat is only kinda half-founded and the characters don’t have any interesting relationships with each other, and Liam just walks around being badass and angry about everything. I don’t know if you could make a more one-dimensional film.

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