Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Grey (2012)

Seen: On blu-ray on our projector set-up, rented from the Tisch Library at Tufts.

When a small plane crashes in the Alaskan wilderness, the few survivors- all workers for an oil drilling company- must quickly find a way to cope with the freezing temperatures and, more menacingly, the threat of a nearby wolf pack on whose territory they're encroaching. The group makes for the woods hoping to reach civilization, cautiously relying on Ottway (Liam Neeson), a professional wolf-killer, to lead them.

I kept seeing The Grey pop up in discussions of 2012 in film, and it sounded like it rose above many people's expectations so I figured I'd check it out (more to the point, I was commissioned to make a poster for it, which I'll post soon). I have to say, I wasn't especially impressed. It's a competently-made adventure-thriller that strives to focus on character and manly drama, and that's cool, but I don't think it's as emotionally effective as it wants to be, at least for me. I appreciated the gradual backstory reveals and psychological effects of subzero survival and wolf interactions, but it slips into cheesy territory too often for me. It felt a little forced, I guess. I mean, how many times do we need to hear that poem recited? Or see Neeson's recurring dreams about his wife?

I don't know, dudes. I thought this movie was ok but it didn't leave much of an impression on me. There are some awesome action-y parts involving huge fucking wolves and that old badass, Liam Neeson, and the landscapes are gorgeous. Also I liked Dallas Roberts a lot, he was giving off a Peter Sarsgaard vibe and just had a nice way about him. But otherwise I don't have much of an opinion. Except that I don't think they communicated the extreme cold enough, I mean the fact that their faces weren't covered and Neeson never had his hood up made me worry for everyone.

I enjoyed making a poster for it, though!


Pair This Movie With: Maybe it was the bit of mountain cliff-jumping but I was totally in the mood for awesome survival thriller A Lonely Place to Die. Alternatively, a bunch of dudes freezing in the mountains made me think of Cannibal! The Musical. Obviously.

1 comment:

  1. I'm surprised by your review--I didn't find it cheesy at all, and it's one of the few films from 2012 that stayed with me days after I watched it. I found it haunting and gorgeously executed, from start to finish. Though I do agree that the "miss my wife" flashbacks were super overdone and rather trite. Still, I was very moved by The Grey. Different strokes, I guess!