Monday, December 17, 2012

The Grey

When one sees the trailer for Joe Carnahan's The Grey, they think it's just another unnecessary action film starring Liam Neeson. The film itself, however, suggests something else. What is The Grey truly about? Read on to find out.

This was released back in January, the month where most new releases die at the box office. Apparently Universal didn't have much faith in its outcome. (Then again, they usually aren't with most of their titles.) If they did, then I can only presume the outcome would have been more positive.

That doesn't mean The Grey was poorly marketed. Of course that trailer is probably one of the most misleading things I've seen this year. So what is it even about? It's a tale of trying to survive in the elements with dashes of horror here and there. You bet your ass it works.

For some reason as of late, Neeson has been doing a number of action movies. (This is the same man who played Oskar Schindler after all.) Surprisingly, The Grey contains one of his best performances. And yes, he kicks ass and takes names.

The Grey is definitely one of the more surprising films I've seen this year. Along with Neeson's performance, there's also some very stunning cinematography from Masanobu Takayanagi. It's also (pun sort of intended) very chilling. See it.

My Rating: ****1/2

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