Liam Neeson Takes On The Big Bad Wolf In The Grey

Movie poster courtesy of Open Road Films/Liddell Entertainment

By: Britany Murphy

Joe Carnahan is back in the director’s chair, two years after directing the A-Team reboot with the adventure-drama flick, The Grey.

With the help of award winning director-producer Ridley Scott (Gladiator), the film based on a short story entitled Ghost Walker by Ian Mackenzie Jeffers is brought to life onscreen.

John Ottway, portrayed by Academy Award nominee Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List) is a sharpshooter who protects a drilling team from wolves. He becomes the crew’s leader during its fight for survival when the plane the team is flying in crashes in the Alaskan tundra.

The survivors struggle to find food and warmth in the middle of the vast snowy tundra, eventually finding that they are in the vicinity of a pack of gray wolves.

Despite the lack of changing scenery, as most of the film’s scenery is snow-covered, The Grey does not disappoint with its promises of adventure.

Ottway’s character had the greatest impact as a man who is ready to commit suicide the day prior to the crash. He now clings to his life as though it is the most precious thing in the world.

The Grey is well acted with stellar performances from Neeson, Dermot Mulroney (J. Edgar), James Badge Dale (Shame) and the plot is thick with suspense, twists and turns, and an additional scene after the credits which keeps the audience intrigued.

Not for the faint of heart, the 3.5 stars out of 4 it received from renowned movie critic and Chicago-Sun Times contributor, Roger Ebert, was well deserved.

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