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The Grey (2012)

US Theatrical Poster for The Grey

After their plane crashes in the Alaskan/Canadian wilderness, 7 survivors must survive not only the inhospitable environment, but themselves as well.

The Grey is by all accounts a survival story.  It is also one of the most frightening films I have ever seen.  Very few films are powerful enough to frighten me.  I had serious problems sleeping after seeing this.  So I put to you that this is a horror film and that none of the other critics have picked up on that.

The strength of the performances moves this beyond most thriller and horror movie fare.  Liam Neeson give one on the best performances of his career here.  He is a depressed man on the verge of suicide in the beginning of the film, and while his depression never vanishes throughout the course of the film, he does find the strength in him to fight for survival.  He becomes the leader of this ragtag group of oil drillers struggling against the unforgiving environment.

Visually, this film is a feast for the eyes.  The sometimes sparse environments of the tundra do nothing but add to the fear of trying to survive.  But they are gorgeous to look at.  This is one of the prettiest films I have seen in quite some time.   Everything from the oil rig to the snowy plains are sparse and cold.  Eventually they reach a forest and the colors pop off the screen in sharp contrast to what had been seen before.  This film revels in its setting and you can see the love and attention to detail in the screen.

I am really trying to avoid spoiler territory here, so all I will say is that is marketing for this film is wrong.  This is not ‘Liam Neeson punches wolves’.  This is a heartfelt, beautiful film.  It is also NOT the feel good film of the year.  I cannot recommend this film highly enough.  Do yourself a favor and see it, preferably in the theater.
**** out of ****

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