I think I have it figured out. It took me all weekend to decide whether or not I liked this movie. It’s got some epic parts, but it just seemed lacking. Finally, I realized, The Greyis an outstanding film, but it’s drug out in too many places. The long scenes of the men walking through snowy woods were probably intentional, but they were just overdone.
Aside from that, I enjoyed The Grey. It had some action and suspense, but it was mostly just a bleak personal-apocalyptic tragedy. It was one of those movies that really suites the big screen. The photography was probably my favorite part. The ending was where I was most interested; things were explained/wrapped up. Really, what puts this movie above average is the idea that it’s a metaphor for any human’s struggle in life.
Last year, I watched a post-apocalyptic film called The Road. I read the book first, and thought the movie was just as good. The reason I bring up The Road is that it’s very similar in style to The Grey. It’s funny they both have simple, two word titles that begin with “The.” The Road is truly the most depressing movie I have ever seen. It’s bleak, ugly, and sad; yet beautiful. The Grey isn’t quite as gloomy, but it’s close.
The movie itself was really nothing spectacular. The story was average, the acting was pretty good, the message was unclear at times, and – I thought the ending was awesome – everybody at the theater booed at the way The Grey ended.
But there was something I really liked about the film. I can’t quite put my finger on it. I think it was the idea of a barebones struggle; simplicity. And through the simplicity, elegance: arctic snow, beastly wolves, manly men, and the ominous scent of death.
When the first man to be killed by a wolf was attacked, a gunshot sound went off (even though there was no gun shot), and really added to the shock factor. There was a good bit of this artificial, unnatural use of sound to add effect. I think I liked it, but it also seems like a short cut. Is adding a loud gunshot (especially where it doesn’t belong) taking the easy way out?
I’ll give The Grey an 8 out of 10 mostly for the cinematography and the way things turned out. I was surprised, and thought much higher of Liam Neeson‘s character when I found out about his lover. And the wolves were fierce. One of my friends said he’ll never look at wolves the same way again. He even changed his emblem on Call of Duty MW3 to a wolf.
If you’re looking for an apocalyptic action flick, or a classic man vs. nature story, go see The Grey. I have to warn you, it may make your Friday feel like a Monday. But it’s still a good film. When I was watching it, the audience (including myself) was very absorbed, fascinated.