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Wolves with Attitude.,
This review is from: The Grey [DVD] (DVD)
There is an awful lot of nonsense in this tale of survival set in Alaska. Husky old Liam Neeson plays the middle aged hunter with a few demons of his own too fight. A plane carrying oil workers crashes in the remote Alaskan wilderness. Thankfully Neeson is one of the survivors, and that is good because he is a sort of cross between Ray Mears and Bear Grylls. A very useful fellow to have in a fix like this. He even knows a lot about wolves, which is handy when there are bucketloads of them about baying for human blood. Now I know that wolves can be ferocious predators, but boy the Hound of the Baskervilles would have pooped himself and run whining tail between legs away from this lot. Clearly they are not the real deal, and appear strangely unwolf like. The sort that look as if they run on ginormous size Duracell batteries! Not that I am a wildlife expert, but I suspect that the wolf behaviour in this film does not resemble anything known to natural science. This lot seem to kill humans for fun, and we have some very weird wolf behaviour at the films close. They also seem an awful lot bigger than the ones I have seen on TV, which I guess helps them look scarier.
The good thing about simple survival films is that there is no requirement for any character development, although this one has a stab and fails. Not everyone survives you wont be surprised to learn! Neeson resembles Jimmy Stewart in "Flight of the Phoenix", trying to hold his survivors together and find a way out of a very tight spot. Unfortunately nobody seems to have a gun, mobile phone or anything else useful to contact civilisation. Man is stripped back to his caveman ancestry. The group is made up of Americans who talk a lot of rubbish most of the time. You get the whiner who moans about the alpha male, and another who believes in the power of prayer, not that there is much hope of divine intervention in this film. Perhaps most startling was the flying jump from a cliff taken by one character, which made Bob Beamon's leap into history at the 1968 Olympics look pathetic in comparison. The film also grinds to a halt during it's many intrusive flashback sequences. Quite how Neeson manages to survive a prolonged dunking in a frozen stream is a miracle to rank alongside the raising of Lazarus. The film would have fared better had it stuck to the simple tale of survival. On the positive side the scenery is suitably impressive, and Neeson manages to carry off his grizzled man of the wilderness with some aplomb. He is a decent actor! Far too good for this bunch. Did like the scene where one actor comments after being bitten by a wolf that he might turn into one. Shades of Lon Chaney jnr there! As a piece of pure Hollywood hokum it just about passes muster, but when compared with such survival classics as "The Flight of the Phoenix" and "The Naked Prey" it is very poor fare indeed.
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Initial post: 31 Dec 2012 16:11:16 GMT
Mrs Bun says:
This priceless review just reduced my partner and I to tears of urine-soaked laughter. It also made me want to see the film, curiously. Well done. I'm still chuckling as I type.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Feb 2013 18:02:27 GMT
Bob Salter says:
Thanks! My kids dont think I'm funny. I will use this as evidence to the contrary.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2013 09:10:40 BDT
Abplanalp Freda says:
A brilliant review that hits the nail on the head. I wish I'd written it! It was worth watching the film to read your comments.
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