**Spoiler Alert: May contain spoilers about the outcome of this film**
I find Liam Neeson’s project choices very revelatory. He tragically lost his wife, Natasha Richardson, after a skiing accident a couple of years ago. Since then, Neeson seems to have gone through the stages of grieving in his films. Whether it be ‘denial’ in light-hearted action films like The A-Team, or ‘anger’ in his gripping revenge thriller Taken, there always seemed to be a reason for his choices. Now with The Grey, it seems he may have come to acceptance.
John Ottway (Neeson) is a sharpshooter protecting oil workers from wild animals in the Alaskan wilderness. He writes a letter to his estranged wife explaining how desperately he wishes he could be with her, and shortly thereafter, puts the barrel of his rifle into his mouth. Something stops him and he continues on in his desolate existence. That’s when he survives a plane crash. On a flight to Anchorage, his plane goes down, leaving seven survivors. The men must face the harsh terrain, violent weather and relentless wolves as they try to get to safety. Meanwhile, there is an ongoing debate about faith and divine intervention that peppers the men’s conversation. Why would God spare them only to have them die in the wilderness?
I can certainly appreciate this movie. It is beautifully shot and brilliantly acted. The cinematography is excellent. There is a moment when a man having been killed by wolves bleeds out, and the blood from under the snow fills a wolf’s paw print turning it blood red. That being said, I hated it. It is a dark, uninspired story that left me wondering why anyone would make this movie. I’m not a big fan of nihilism.
It's a 5.