Excerpt: According to Q, if you break down a narrative you will find at its heart seven essential conflicts: man against man, man against nature, man against himself, man against God, man against Society, man caught in the middle, and man and woman. Any one of these is more than enough grist for a storyteller's mill, and has been the root for our most archetypal narratives.
Excerpt: The Grey isn’t about the wolves. That’s probably a positive since nearly all of it’s wolf-based material borders on the ludicrous. It’s not a case of being “unrealistic” so much as the animal actions, going so far as to create a full on hierarchy to extract revenge, dim the survivalist elements. Jaws 4 was more credible, and there, the great white was swimming in fresh water.
Excerpt: I don’t remember a whole lot from High School not because I didn’t pay attention, but that it was just so long ago! One thing that stuck out, however, was a lesson from my Literature class. In this class we learned of the three themes of stories in that essentially every written work can be classified into. Man vs. Himself, Man vs. Man or Man vs. Nature. If there’s one thing that The Grey fits in, it’s got to be the latter.
Excerpt: The Film You've just kicked the butts of an endless line of evil guys. What's a movie badass to do? If you're Liam Neeson, you go to the dogs -- wolves, actually. In The Grey , Neeson plays Ottaway, an oil field worker whose foe is of the four-legged variety. He's got his own wolfpack, though, which includes a dwindling crew of plane crash survivors. The film starts off like the first episode of Lost , with the aforementioned crash.
Conclusion: Some might dismiss 'The Grey' as a simple, man versus nature B-movie actioner, but this is one of those excellent films that stick with you long after the credits roll and it will only get better with additional viewings. As a Blu-ray, the video exactly replicates the theatrical viewing experience (though it doesn't always make for pretty high definition) and the audio is exemplary at times.
Excerpt: The Grey that's being sold to you is not at all the movie Joe Carnahan has made. It's fair to expect certain things from the reunion of The A-Team director and Liam Neeson, and the promo ads that focus heavily on Neeson going mano-a-wolfo against some fearsome lupine creatures aren't entirely misleading.
Excerpt: There's a stillness at the center of Liam Neeson which goes a long way to explain his unexpected yet delightful cinematic second act as an action hero. He's not the first actor to mine the "reluctant man of action" groove, but he's one of the few that actually makes you believe him; he projects a sense of a life lived before the camera rolled, of experiences and knowledge accumulated that he'd rather not call upon, but fine, if he must, he must.