The characters Liam Neeson plays just can’t catch a break.
“The Grey” follows a group of men who work for an oil company in Alaska. The main character, Ottway (Neeson), a trained wolf hunter for the company, seems to be one of the outsiders at the oil company and keeps to himself. Eventually, the crew of the company is to be flown back to a major city for a break however during the flight the plane goes down.
Upon regaining his bearings, Ottway begins searching for survivors and finds a handful, he also finds that they are surrounded by a pack of hungry wolves. Ottway soon establishes himself as the leader of the scared group of survivors and begins a journey to try and bring them back to civilization.
For those wanting to see a crazy, beat em up brawl between Liam Neeson and a pack of wolves you may be disappointed. The plot of “The Grey” is set up almost in the same way a survival horror film is set up, with characters dying off one by one, however replace the horror aspect with discussions and thoughts on life, death and faith.
“The Grey” is very easy to become engaged in. The displays of survival and having a will to go on mixed with the emotional backstories of these men make for a very real and human experience that is both frightening and deep. That being said, the ending did leave just a little bit to be desired.
The characters in the film were the strongest part. Sometimes in a set up like this a group can be annoying however the group here felt very honest and relatable. There was even one character who was a bit of a jerk for a time but grew on me as the film went on. The chemistry between the survivors felt real and the teamwork displayed was great.
The best actor is of course Liam Neeson who plays the gruff, angry and experienced man very well. His leadership is believable which makes it easy for the audience to follow and root for this character as the head of the pack just like the survivors do.
Overall “The Grey” has a simple premise that was really well executed by the cast and filmmakers. Despite not being perfect on all levels or having the best ensemble cast it is still really nice for a January release. Low 4 out of 5.