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Film Review: The Grey (2012)
The Grey (2012). Directed by Joe Carnahan. The film centres around John Ottway (Liam Neeson), a hunter who protects Alaskan oil drilling teams from wolves. Ottway plans to commit suicide with his rifle after writing a letter to his wife, although we don't know why. With the gun in his mouth he hears the howl of a wolf which stops him, and he ends up on a plane back home. The plane then crashes, and Ottway is one of a handful of survivors who have to brave freezing Alaskan conditions to try and find civilisation. There are things I like about The Grey. It doesn't follow the standard Hollywood route of full exposition at every opportunity, nor does it go for the obvious ending (without trying to give too much away). Against this backdrop there is a fight-for-your-life story, in which Neeson does fall back at times to his rather typecast gruff Irish hero-on-a-mission role (for good or for bad, although I tend to like Neeson in most things). Ultimately I didn't find the story all that interesting, it was somewhat bland like the Alaskan backdrops as the easily guessed core story pans out. Overall I was left with a fairly average experience. Others who like the fight-for-your-life type stories should get more of a kick from it. 3/5 (Average)

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Mmmm... Liam Neeson....

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