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An oldskool thriller that will keep you entertained.,
This review is from: The Grey [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The Grey, although not a brilliant film, was a quality film. The script was wonderfully written with real care, the story solid and well rounded, the acting was strong and the action sequences well handled.
The film itself is a survival thriller and thrill you it will. Looking back it felt quite short and a bit like not much happened, but while I was watching it was was riveted and totally sucked in. And events, although to be honest, there aren't that many do flow quickly from one to another.
Although he didn't make the most of the incredible scenery, The director has a real flair for shooting action sequences and this film features some of the most beautifully shot action I've ever seen. He had a real talent for putting you right there, in the heart of the action, and making you feel as if you were in the plane crash or being swept down river too. It was brilliant.
It's as shame the director didn't demonstrate the same talent for shooting landscapes and scenery that he did for action, because I felt this was a missed opportunity which could have really added to the film. Shot in such a beautiful snowy landscape he really could have made the film beautiful to watch, as in this film Essential Killing; but it felt like the director didn't even notice the unique characteristics and environment he was in. I was really surprised more was not made of this.
The story is a bit sentimental and predictable overall but it worked. It lent itself to this type of film well and by the end you were left feeling like you'd watched a film that was enjoyable, worthwhile and best of all, although nothing new, it didn't pull any punches and did what you hoped it would: Keep you entertained. It felt very oldskool, in a good way, and reminded me of a lot of films which I watched growing up as a kid in the 80s. Films like Midnight Run, Southern Comfort and other classic chase thrillers. If you enjoy those sort of films, you should enjoy The Grey.