DVD Review: The Grey

Hitting the shelves of DVD outlets nationwide as of May 22, The Grey, starring Liam Neeson, is definitely one to pick up.

In the flick, Neeson plays brooding oil-rig worker John Ottway. We learn that most of the workers in this remote environment are ex-cons, which is apparently where Ottway ‘belongs’. The last day ‘on the job’, so to speak, the oil-rig roughnecks board an airplane that goes through extreme turbulence and crashes somewhere in the Alaskan wilderness.

After the initial shock wears off, Neeson takes charge of the seven survivors in a bid to escape the cold, the hunger and a pack of vicious wolves and return to civilisation. What follows is a heartwrentching struggle for survival against all odds.

The men soon realise that nature has no pity and no forgiveness and much of the drama lies in the interaction between survivors. The film remains tense throughout and some of the wolf scenes are nothing short of chair-gripping. The wolves themselves look extremely realistic if not a little Twilight-y but it is a bit hard to believe that Neesons character knows as much as he does about the everyday habits of a wolf-pack.

Never-the-less, the film is emotional, action-fuelled and darkly poetic. Surprisingly enough, it also makes one hell of a statement about religious beliefs, with Ottway roaring up into the sky at one point demanding a sign that never materializes.

The ending is also one of the finest I’ve seen, with an important piece of information being relayed to us in the final few moments. If you see nothing else this month, pick up a copy of The Grey. But don’t forget the tissues, because this one will have you blubbering like a schoolgirl by the end.

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  1. Hi Kelly, thanks for the follow! And congratulations on graduating and all that stuff! πŸ™‚

    I haven’t seen The Grey, but I’m riffing on your description of “Ottway roaring up into the sky.” Have you read For The Time Being, by Annie Dillard?

    At one point she describes “Bird Headed Dwarfs” which are very tiny, deformed human beings. Later she’s on a shore somewhere and sees across the water some guy hammering with a big mallet. The distance she is from him just happens to be right so that the clang of him hitting a piece of metal comes at the opposite of his arm stroke… the sound of the clang comes just when his arm is high and the mallet is up above his head.

    Dillard writes that she wanted to borrow his maul, strike the heavens, and shout, “What’s with the bird headed dwarfs??”

    Keep up the nice work Kelly.

    • Hi Vaneeesa!

      No, I haven’t read that actually, but you make it sound very interesting! Must look it up.

      Thanks for the follow and the kind words! Will be keeping an eye on my Reader for more of your posts πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Kelly!
    Just found your blog after you visited mine. Thanks for that.
    And here thanks a lot for this review, I love the actor so I’m definitely planning to lay my hands on this flicker. πŸ™‚
    Catch ya later!


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