The Grey

The Grey

Director: Joe Carnahan

In The Grey, Liam Neeson stars as yet another unlikely hero – the leader of a group of “blocky” working men who are trying to survive after their plane crashes in the middle of the icy Alaskan wilderness. If you have a fear of flying I suggest you sit this one out. The opening scenes leave little to the imagination. The film follows the group as they struggle to survive the bitter conditions and a pack of carnivorous wolves. The result is an unforgettable Man vs. Nature film that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Scene after scene of unrelenting tension shows the main characters struggling to survive the harsh conditions. The viewer leaves feeling taxed and traumatised, but in a good way – the suspense is what makes the movie! I couldn’t help but notice that several scenes could easily have been pulled straight out of the movie Alive, with the notable absence of cannibalism. If you liked that one, you will enjoy The Grey.

The film’s cinematography is exquisite which makes it a stunning watch, but the philosophical undercurrents are a bit oddly placed. Its haunting events and depictions are hard to shake long after the film has finished. If you are weak of stomach, you might want to go with someone who will cover your eyes.

The anti-climatic ending seems like a let-down at first glance, but after the credits a bonus scene appears which clears up the viewer’s burning questions. All in all, a gripping watch!

– Taryn Dryfhout
This article first appeared in Issue 13, 2012.
Posted 7:40pm Sunday 27th May 2012 by Taryn Dryfhout.