A horrible plane crash, below freezing temperatures and large man eating wolves are what you can find in the action, thriller The Gray. Liam Neeson is a loner who keeps the wild animals away from the oil drillers in Alaska while they are drilling. During a short airplane trip he and several oil drillers crash in the Alaskan mountains where the survivors have to fight wolves while combating the cold temperatures. This is a film that has the perfect mix of action and drama. The plane crash is realistic and the wolf attacks are vicious. Liam Neeson has a powerful presence while the men are fighting for their lives and between action scenes everybody talks about their lives and during those scenes Neeson really flexes his dramatic acting muscles. At almost 60 years old Liam Neeson has redefined his acting career and has almost become an action star overnight. My main problem with this film is the ending is really disappointing and maybe evens the whole last third of the film. Possibly I was just expecting something different but the wolves just seemed to be a little unrealistic. (Okay maybe the shark in Jaws was a little unreal also but there was only one of them) The wolves were done with robots, computer graphics and trained wolves (I know I couldn’t see the wolves but just a little information for my reader) I didn’t think I would have ever said this but maybe if I would not have gone into this movie expecting something different I would be a little more satisfied. This is a well made film with quality acting and I’m giving it a B- rating.
This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.