Liam Neeson + Wolves = A movie I have to check out. Is this survival flick more than a way to show wolves feasting on human flesh, or is it exactly that?
The three key points to this movie are characters, suspense, and plot. The characters are key.
If you don’t care about them, you don’t care if they get taken by the wolves for meat. Luckily, this movie unites you with the characters, so you feel sympathy when they are faced with life-or-death situations. Liam Neeson’s character is very complex and very interesting. You feel for him the whole time. It’s Neeson. It’s hard not to like him, even when he plays villains. That’s how badass he is.
The suspense is nail-biting. You are paranoid of the shadows every second, and every time there is silence, your eyes are scanning the screen, because you never know when the wolves were going to attack. I’ve never felt this much suspense in a while. You are never comfortable, even during the rare moments of rest and story-telling, because you know that a wolf could pop up any minute. The suspense keeps you on edge and holding your breath the whole time.
The plot is varied, which is good, because traversing snow isn’t interesting in itself. Thankfully, things happen which keeps the plot fresh, throwing in potatoes with the meat. A steak is great, but you need something on the side, and the Grey offers that.
This film strikes many emotional chords, as it is more about the struggle between mind and man than wolf and man. The score is moving as well, kicking in during the last scene of the film.
Nonetheless, there are plenty of wolves to keep you occupied. This movie is deep, and Liam Neeson’s character is as strong as can be. Because of the depth and cloying suspense, The Grey is a worthy Filet. It was powerful, to say the least.
P.S. There is a 6 second scene after the credits