Review: The Grey

“Liam Neeson is against wolves”
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  • Arvio 1-5: 4
  • Genre: Drama, Thriller
  • Ohjaaja: Joe Carnahan
  • Näyttelijät: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo

First of all, I’d like to clarify that I will write about not the film you’ve seen in its trailer but the film I’ve watched entirely. Because The Grey and its trailer seem as they’ve come from different universes. The trailer makes the film considered as for attracting “men audience” with a “SuperMan”, played by Liam Neeson, who knocks the daylights out of wolves on his own; in other words, watching the trailer makes the audience think that The Grey is a typical action film named “Liam Neeson is against wolves”.

What makes The Grey the most special one among all Joe Carnahan films is how he is willing to get out of the macho trap in which he was caught due to his films named Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team.

No matter how you consider it, it is hard to deny that The Grey is a film full of breath-taking scenes taking tension to the highest level and not disappointing the audience looking forward to see views in touch with nature.The Grey has a secret for having a “real” effect on the audience: Carnahan shot the film not in a safety green screen studios but in “real” snowy and cold places as we concluded from manufacturing process of the film.

The film begins with an unpleasant event which is experienced by a group of men setting off for working in an oil company centered in Alaska. But they are stuck in cruel and cold arms of snowy nature after having a plane accident. In order to survive, they are also supposed to fight against merciless wolves living near the neighborhood where the accident takes place. The group is obliged to trust in Ottway’s (Liam Neeson) abilities in hunting wolves.

The Grey has a secret for having a “real” effect on the audience: Carnahan shot the film not in a safety green screen studios but in “real” snowy and cold places as we concluded from manufacturing process of the film. Everything, the wind and the snow seen on the screen is as real as the people shaking with the cold. Thus, it is not surprising how the film makes that effect.

Not only the places but also wolves in the film are not figments of technology, special effects or b-type monster film techniques. As seen, Carnahan prefers using illusions and creative sound mix to make his audience feel frightened.

The Grey has a secret for having a “real” effect on the audience: Carnahan shot the film not in a safety green screen studios but in “real” snowy and cold places as we concluded from manufacturing process of the film.

When The Grey’s plot is considered, it is hard to define it as a standard survival film (like Alive) because it is actually telling about how human being is fighting with, managing or giving in an inevitable end. Thanks to this way of thinking, we can easily notice that The Grey’s unexpected end has an excellent meaning within its own story borders.

The film is partly donated with the most sincere scene about the moment of death. Contrary to some film characters trying to make a person survive without any hope; the characters in The Grey have the courage to make a person die in peace by using the most relaxing words in the world. And the scene with a glamorous river view is a strong candidate for being chosen as the most beautiful scene on the 2012 screen, I think.

The Grey is a good thriller film which is worth to watch. I strongly suggest you to spend your cinema time for this film.

Enjoy your life script.