Man vs. wolf: grim fairytale

By Amanda Toth
March 13, 2012

Liam Neeson plays John Ottoway, a member of an oil drill group who got stranded after a plane crash in Alaska.

“The Grey,” starring Liam Neeson is an eventful story of a group of oil workers whose plane crashes in the dangerous wilderness of Alaska.

From the beginning, the story draws the audience in with unexplained questions and events that go on before they are even in the plane.  Soon, it takes the audience on the plane with the oil workers anticipating their arrival back to their homes and with their families.

Then, the story takes a turn for the worst. Just when you think it can’t get any worse for these already trauma-ridden men, your thoughts are surely mistaken. It turns out that the area where the plane crashed is directly near the den of a huge wolf pack.  The wolf pack soon starts to terrorize the men and the crash site. From there, the men make decisions to try to escape their inevitable fate of becoming meals for the wolf pack by attempting a dangerous journey across the Alaskan tundra.

One by one, the men are faced with tough decisions and obstacles during their journey. The main character, played by Liam Neeson, is the fearless leader of the crew the whole time. During the journey, the audience is lead through short snippets of each characters lives and their struggles. Yet, in the end, it is survival of the fittest.

This movie kept the audience intrigued the entire time. The audience seemed captivated by the internal stories through out the larger story line. However, there are some things that are never explained and left the audience to make their own conclusions.  Also, there are some parts of the movie that could have been done a little better, such as some of the details of the fates of certain characters. The directors and writers probably wanted it that way because it shows man’s true downfalls and not just the effects of man versus nature.

Apart from the abrupt ending, the movie was all in all a nail-biter. It kept the audience at the edge of their seats the entire time.  There weren’t really any dull moments that gave the audience time to relax and get bored. There were unexpected twists and turns through out the entire story. When everything seemed like it would work out for the men, something unexpected would happen to knock them down again.  It was a true tale of man’s internal conflict and man versus wild.

The cast was outstanding and made the audience believe their stories. The script and dialogue also made the audience become attached to the characters. The effects were also outstanding. The entire movie took place in the wilderness of Alaska with wolves surrounding so there were a lot of effects for the conditions as well as the wolves.  The movie was very graphic so those moviegoers with weak stomachs should stay away.  There is a short clip at the end after the credits that leave the ending more open for the audiences’ interpretations. For the adventurous and suspense seeking moviegoers this movie is highly recommended.


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