The Grey (2011) "Exhilarating nail-biting, adventure thriller", 9/10.
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this Alaskan survival thriller starring Liam Neeson has already recouped it's 25-million dollar budget, and for good reason: It is a splendidly exciting, and entertaining motion picture. Neeson is part of a ragtag group of social outcasts: ex-cons, dead-beats, and low-lifes who drill oil in northern Alaska - all of whom crash in the middle of nowhere during their flight back to Anchorage. When only seven of the men survive this crash, they must put aside their differences, and work together to not only stay warm in the sub-zero temperate, but also fend off a vicious pack of wolves that is hunting them from a nearby den. What transpires over the 117-minute film isn't particularly new or original, but some twists and turns make it worth experiencing unspoiled. The busiest man in Hollywood right now, in his first of SIX films for 2012, Neeson is absolutely terrific in the lead role, easily showcasing one of his strongest performances in years. A monologue where he is shouting to the heavens demanding that God prove his existence is an emotionally gripping and powerful one. Most of the characters are developed only enough to move the plot forward, but a late-act scene where Neeson laments over not-knowing his fallen comrades better makes up for this setback. This traditional story is framed by beautiful cinematography which despite most of the film taking place during a blizzard, expertly captures the beauty and danger of the Alaskan wilderness. A somber soundtrack and digetic audio drives the amazingly suspenseful action sequences which are some of the tensest I've in a film in years... but the serious, and sometimes playful scenes between them is what gives this man against beast adventure a lot of it's heart. A post-credits shot will have you questioning the interesting end, so make sure to stay-tuned for that. At times terrifying, and yet still undeniably captivating, "The Grey" is an "Exhilarating nail-biting, adventure thriller."