THE GREY

January 27, 2012

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Action, Adventure, Drama

THE GREY – AS BLAND AS IT SOUNDS

You will feel grey if you spend big bucks this time. Catch it at the dollar show or on DVD.

After Taken and Unknown, we were excited to see Liam Neeson in this action-adventure film. Based on the trailers, we just knew it was going to be plenty of fighting scenes and man versus wolves throughout. Boy, were we wrong.

Ottway (Liam Neeson) is a hired gun whose job is to protect Alaskan oil workers from preying wolves as they work. As Ottway and the other workers begin their journey home, their plane crashes leaving Ottway and the other survivors to defend themselves from the very wolves he was hired to kill.

Director Joe Carnahan and the writers apparently must have titled this film after they watched it a few times, because we, along with the audience who screened this movie, left the theater feeling like we watched grey paint dry.

The first issue with this movie is that its pace is painfully slow. The beginning is slow and the slowness is carried all the way until the credits run. Secondly, the wolf fighting scenes were non existent. Third, you see very little action from the wolves outside of them chasing, growling and howling. The director more so expects you to imagine what is happening based on the sounds made by the wolves. We should have been seeing the wolves up close and personal fighting the characters as they tore through their flesh.  You know it’s bad when the audience is praying for the stars of the film to get violently eaten and torn apart by wild animals.

This movie could have been so much better, but instead it was an epic fail. The only good thing about the movie was that it was able to build anticipation.  Every scene you will find yourself hoping and wishing that the wolves catch someone and a good fighting sequence occurs. IT WON’T! Sorry.

Save your money and wait for this to hit the dollar show or DVD. Spend your green on something more colorful.

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