Man vs. wolves. Pretty straightforward stuff – unless you’re the man involved! We’re checking in with the new film featuring a little man/wolf tension titled "The Grey," out on Blu-ray May 15 from Universal Home Entertainment. The review battle begins below!
Title: "The Grey"
Cast: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo
Director: Joe Carnahan
Runtime: 1118 minutes
Release Company: Universal Home Entertainment
The Flick: I don't know what has come over Liam Neeson lately, but his recent selection of films have been an array of amazing work. Re-teaming with A-Team director Joe Carnahan, Neeson leads a fabulous cast of airplane crash survivors in the Alaskan wilderness that face another danger – flesh hungry wolves. More of an effective character study then simply a man in peril picture, Carnahan employs just the right amount of human interest to keep the nature heavy story relatable. (Think "12 Angry Men" but in a snowy outdoor climate!) And his cast, which includes amazing work from folks like Dermot Mulroney and "Warrior’s" Frank Grillo, is pitch perfect and serves as a flavorful topping atop the tasty Neeson main dish. Wolves and the controversy over their evil portrayal be damned – "The Grey" only makes it’s complex layers look simple.
Best Feature: The full-length commentary with Director Joe Carnahan goes into Jack Sholder ala "The Hidden" commentary honesty areas galore including on-set tricks (Neeson had his assistant throw snow in his face to get the proper effect!) his turbulent times making the movie (he admits he ‘had moments’ with effects house Digital Dimension!), bad animal experiences (he admits he ‘hated the polar bear, but hated the trainer even more!’) and even talks about the wolf controversy head on (Carnahan wryly states he was ‘not out to depict wolf behavior accurately!’) – this is what all commentaries should be and it’s a MUST listen!
Best Hidden Gem: The lovely Anne Openshaw, who was also in Carnahan’s "Narc," plays another memorable and lovingly captivating character that speaks little, but leaves a lasting impression.
Worth the Moola: A riveting film with an equally stunning commentary – buy this one ASAP!