Monday, October 27, 2014

The Grey (2012)

Number Rolled: 25
Movie Name/Year: The Grey (2012)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Length: 117 minutes
Rating: R
Affiliated Companies: Open Road Films, Inferno Distribution, LD Entertainment, Scott Free Productions, Chambara Pictures, 1984 Private Defense Contractors
Executive Producer: Ross Fanger, Bill Johnson, Jennifer Monroe, Tony Scott, Jim Seibel, Adi Shankar, Spencer Silna, Jon Turtle
Director: Joe Carnahan
Writer: Joe Carnahan, Ian Mackenzie Jeffers,
Actors: Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Joe Anderson, Nonso Anozie, James Badge Dale, Ben Bray, Anne Openshaw

A horrible plan crash leaves 7 oil-rig ruffians stranded in the Alaskan Wilderness. They have to force themselves to work together in order to stay alive. If that weren’t bad enough, a pack of wolves has decided they’re a threat and begin hunting them down.

In general, the movie wasn’t bad at all. There were some significantly thrilling moments that evoked the exact response the writers and the director were going for. Many of the other moments had me glued to the screen.

I wish I could say that about the entire thing.

The problem with the movie comes when you break it down. That’s when you truly get a taste of the utter pretention behind it.

I can’t say too much without adding a spoiler alert, so I’ll just say that I could have lived without the internal monologue in the beginning and the various, badly placed, flashbacks throughout the rest of the movie. The poem the main character kept repeating seemed vaguely out of place too, despite the fact that you do eventually learn where it came from and why it’s important to him.

In the end, even though I mostly enjoyed the film, I almost feel like it was pointless.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 79%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 61%

Netflix’s Prediction for Me – 4.7/5
Trust-the-Dice Score3/5

P.S. There’s a short scene after the credits.

Movie Trailer: 

Ok, this next video is FULL of spoilers but… it’s so good. I said some of this stuff to my friend while we watched.

“Ten Things Wrong With The Grey In 6 Minutes Or Less”

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