Written by / 1/28/2012 / No comments / , , ,

THE GREY

title: The Grey
year: 2011
cast: Liam Neeson
rating: **

Never has a cast of characters so deserved to suffer – they’re just begging for it...

That being a rowdy group of oil drilling roughnecks in Alaska, and one man, played by a brooding Liam Neeson, hired to keep wolves off the premises who, after a plane crash, are all left vulnerable to a surrounding pack: yellow eyes glowing in the dark like a cartoon and growls more befitting the MGM lion.

The camera shakes around so much the fanged antagonists are practically unseen, and thus, not very frightening. It’s basically a wraithlike feeding frenzy of shouting, screaming, and kicking to stay alive.

Eventually the body count dwindles to four survivors, and  a few of the performances stand out beyond Neeson’s maverick: especially Frank Grillo as an existential badass who can’t admit he’s scared to death.

Even the well-acted campfire scenes, as the men expose their soft side in the face of doom, drag so long you'll forget what the movie's about. Till the growling continues and the group ventures further towards… where exactly? Since no one had much of a life to begin with, it’s hard to imagine, or care about, anyone surviving.

But the main problem is the nerve-wracking direction that, with the jangly, documentary style camerawork, does successfully put you into the situation – only it’s not a place you'll want to be for very long. (For a much better film with practically the same premise, rent THE EDGE, where the characters go through hell, not the audience.)
Share This Post :
Tags : , , ,

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

All Time Popular

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
Movie Reviews, Interviews & Cinematic Pop Culture from White Heat to Blue City

IN THEATERS OR STREAMING

FOR TELEVISION REVIEWS

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

WRITTEN BY JAMES M. TATE

WRITTEN BY JAMES M. TATE
email: cultfilmfreak@jamesmtate.com

WEBSITE INFORMATION

WEBSITE INFORMATION
Random Quote: "I'm sure Typhoid Mary was a very nice person too, when you saw her socially." John Getz, The Fly

Blog Archive

ETERNAL ART OF FILM NOIR

RARITIES & EXPLOITATION

FAVORITES SHORTLIST

MOVIES 1)THE FEARMAKERS 2)JAWS 3)THE CROWDED SKY 4)HOT CARS 5)RAIDERS FROM BENEATH THE SEA 6)CANYON PASSAGE 7)WICHITA 8)THE MAN FROM LARAMIE 9)HARDCORE 10)AIR PATROL 11)THE SERGEANT 12)CURSE OF THE DEMON 13)WILLIAM CONRAD'S BRAINSTORM 14)EASY LIVING 15)CORVETTE SUMMER

ACTORS 1)DANA ANDREWS 2)JAMES CAGNEY 3)MARLON BRANDO 4)ORSON WELLES 5)JACK NICHOLSON 6)PETER O'TOOLE 7)TOM COURTENAY 8)ROD STEIGER 9CHARLES BRONSON 10)GENE HACKMAN 1)SUE LYON 2)MERRY ANDERS 3)GENE TIERNEY 4)ELLEN BURTYN 5)FAYE DUNAWAY

DIRECTORS 1)JACQUES TOURNEUR 2)RICHARD FLEISCHER 3)STANLEY KUBRICK 4)ORSON WELLES 5)OTTO PREMINGER 6)JOHN LANDIS 7)JOHN CARPENTER 8)JOHN GUILLERMIN 9)MAURY DEXTER 10)SAM PECKINPAH COMPOSERS 1)TANGERINE DREAM 2)JERRY GOLDSMITH 3)JOHN WILLIAMS 4)JOHN CARPENTER 5)PHILIAN BISHOP

SCIENCE-FICTION STUFF

Popular This Month

OUR OWN CORNERSTONE

OUR OWN CORNERSTONE
Journey Into the Cinema of DANA ANDREWS

Blogs of Interest

BLASTING TO THE SIXTIES

SHOOT FOR THE SEVENTIES

KICKING BACK THE EIGHTIES

TALES AND REFLECTIONS

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE