Patch Movie Review: The Grey

A wolf's got to eat right?

Maybe it happened in "Taken" or "Unknown", but somewhere, somehow, Liam Neeson became an action star. 


In one of his latest installments, Neeson stars in "The Grey" as Ottway, a man who works as a "hired killer" of sorts for an oil company in Alaska. His job: to kill wolves that may get too close to other company workers.

The oil company rough-necks appear to be taking some sort of break and are flying from their location to Anchorage. During the flight, the plane has electrical problems and crashes leaving only seven survivors. These survivors soon find out they're not alone and are looking either really tasty, or not from the neighborhood of the local wolf pack.

After some arguments, it is determined that Ottway, being the expert on such matters, should be put in charge. He decides at daybreak they need to make a beeline to the woods where they can better protect themselves.

By the time they get to the woods, they're down to five people. They need to keep moving through the snow and vast Alaskan wilderness hoping to get back to civilization while they continue to be stalked by the locals.


I'm not sure I understand the reason for this movie, but the landscapes from Alaska is breathtaking in many of the scenes, and makes it almost worth the price of admission. 

There are many side stories in the movie: Ottway's wife, dying of some disease, leaving him suicidal and him remembering about his dad being a poet.  It all makes the movie even more confusing as it goes.

Liam Neeson is an excellent actor and he has made some very good movies in the past few years. Unfortunately, this one doesn't quite live up to those. The good news is, based on the coming attractions before this movie, he'll be starring in many more movies, including "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" in 3D opening Friday!

I told a friend of mine I'd share my dad's viewpoint on this movie as well, which was, "After seeing that, I'm never going into the woods again without a gun."  Dad and the second amendment, you've got to love it!

Other actors include Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Joe Anderson and Frank Grillo. The film is rated R for profanity & violence. There were some pretty good suspenseful moments in this movie, so I did like some parts of it. 

Overall however, I scored “The Grey” a 3 out of 5 stars.

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James R Hoffa February 11, 2012 at 07:46 AM
"Anybody want a peanut?"
mau February 11, 2012 at 04:41 PM
@JRH, we dropped the Netflix DVD rental when they upped the price. It wasn't that we are that cheap, it was because we had too much in our Que for streaming that we don't have to time to watch it all. I think we may have watched Shade when we were still getting the dvds. Problem is we watch so many movies now that I forget what they are about. Plus probably half of our Que is documentaries and old tv programs or cable tv programs. I started watching Flight From Death: The Quest for Immortality last night, the documentary he narrated. This weekend The Chekist is on our watch list. From this thread I added about 10 movies to our Que, thanks to yours and everyone's recommendations.
Heather Asiyanbi February 11, 2012 at 09:04 PM
"He's just mostly dead."
Heather Asiyanbi February 11, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I thought the same thing about The Grey - is this a new-world version of Jack London and please God, no.
A Reel Of One's Own February 17, 2012 at 05:48 AM
Definitely interested and counting down the days!!!! Loved the books and love Jennifer Lawrence!


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