Monday, October 1, 2012

DBHR's Redbox Theatre presents:The Grey (2012)

By Eric Polk-
You gotta love Redbox. At $1.20($1.50 for blu-rays) a pop, it definitely satisfies the requires for watching horror movies on the cheap. Best part, every once in awhile, you find a classic among the current releases(i.e. I found the original Prom Night during one of my first excursions through the Redbox touch screen).

However, on this occasion my wife Jo and I settled on this Liam Neeson film released at the beginning of the year. I had my reservations when I first saw the film trailer. You can only do so much in movie in which you're being chased by wolves in the frozen wilderness of Alaska. And it does have Liam Neeson which means you're going to have some kind of acting the meme hounds would enjoy.

Anyhoo, Liam plays John Ottway who works in Alaska killing the wolves that threaten an oil drilling team. On his last day on the job, Ottway writes a letter to his wife Ana that he plans to commit suicide. While holding the barrel of a rifle in his mouth, Ottway hears the howl of a wolf, and pulls the trigger, but the gun doesn't fire. Upon completing the job, the team and Ottway head home on a plane that crashes in a blizzard

From there it's pretty standard. The team searches for a way to be rescued and, one by one, they're picked off by these rather scary pack of wolves who apparently can cover great distances. The movie is hit and miss for me. The tension and the suspense in the first half of the film is good which is the complete opposite in the second half. The more the dwindling group walks, the less relevant the wolves seem(at least until the end). I did enjoy the theme of God questioning that purveyed itself throughout the film and Liam's internal melodrama regarding him and his wife. Other than those three qualities, the movie tends to become a bore and lacks in excitement.

Oh, btw, I loved the ending!!!!! Thought it was absolutely perfect. If you like your horror on the monster side(with a bit of faith questioning tossed in) then you'll like this movie.

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