Jan 27, 2012

The Grey Film Review

(Image from Movieweb.com)

IMDB Plot Summery 
In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggle to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Hunting the humans are a pack of wolves who see them as intruders.

As Advertised
This was being sold as a Man vs Wild type of story, and I have to say that is definitely part of what the filmmakers delivered. More specifically though, The Grey is a Man Vs Wild story featuring Liam Neeson. Neeson's presence alone always seems to add substance to any movie he's in.

Entertainment Value
The Grey falls under the category of movies in which entertainment value is measured by emotional engagement/reaction .  The film allows the opportunity to get emotionally invested in the main characters which, in-turn, makes us (the audience) actually care about what happens to them.

The Grey is as much an exploration of human nature as it is a presentation of the nature of life on planet Earth.  Life, love, faith, and death, are all explored in exhibited utilizing all tools available in the art of filmmaking. Great writing, great visuals, well executed action sequences, but most importantly; great character development. The Grey effectively introduces us to all the characters, and lets them tell us, (both verbally and visually) why they do what they do, which may not necessarily lead us to care about them, but we certainly respect their right to exist. This simple element makes everything that happens in the film both relevant and emotionally engaging. On a personal note; I have to admit, The Grey caused me to react emotionally in such a way that I didn’t think any film would be able to anymore, especially the way things are going with Hollywood. Not only do I consider this film to be a solid and well made film, but I also consider it my first official ‘Personal Favorite’ of the year.

The Good
The Grey is an emotionally engaging, well made film.

The Not So Good
There’s an extra scene after the credits (according to the web anyway, the ‘not-so-good’ part is that I missed it)

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