Thanks to Icon Film Distribution, we had the chance to see Joe Carnahan’s new thriller The Grey, before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film – but as usual – no matter what we say; we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because: There is no better critic than yourself!
The Grey is set in the Arctic and tells the story of John Ottway (Liam Neeson) an oil refinery worker in charge to keep predators in line, and who is also struggling with his life after losing the woman he loved a thing that even makes him to think in commit suicide. Ottway’s life will have a big twist after the plane he took alongside another workers crashes in the middle of nowhere due to the bad weather conditions.
Only a few of them survive the accident, unleashing a big quest where only the strongest ones will survive, in a place where Otway has nothing to lose. To make the matter worst there is a wolf pack that seems to lurk in the shadows in every moment.
The Grey is a film that need a strong actor to be a success, and thanks to the amazing performance of Liam Neeson the film charms most of the time, giving us so many emotional moments, even aiming a point of total neurosis and dementia while trying to survive.
The rest of the cast is also great, with Dallas Roberts, Dermot Mulroney and James Badge Dale just to name some. However, is Neeson’s world-class performance the main thing in this film. Moreover, there is a very intense part on the film where they reveal themselves to each other in a kind of battle to become the Alpha Male among them.
The story line is clever, it plays a lot with the tension and the noises around, especially where you feel that the Wolf Pack is there every time and you can`t see nothing in a total pitch black trap, only illuminated by some fire that the survivors made. Moreover, the film at some stages even remember us the Tv hit ‘Lost’ and 1993’s ‘Alive’.
The Grey is a fantastic tense thriller, a kind of realistic horror film where the creatures of the night trying to kill the victims are just wolves and the ‘Mother Nature’, with an outstanding performance by Liam Neeson who shines in every scene, in one of his best performances in the last years.
The Grey opens in Australian cinemas next February 16