Monday, February 6, 2012

Movie Review Monday - The Grey



My husband picked this film because he has a man-crush on Liam Neeson (well as an actor) he thinks he's the Cats Meow or at least the epitome of what an actor should be. And . . . that may be all well and good and even true but The Grey took more than a few liberties in the name of entertainment.

First off, when they say in the film that wolves are the only animals that hunt for revenge, I'd say right away you have to think of humans as the only animal who hunts for revenge. I'm not saying that a wolf or even a dog won't remember that someone has committed an act of abuse against it, it will and it might even get mad enough to turn on its owner if it continues. But, I've never heard of one hunting for revenge.

Next, with all the dead bodies laying around, those wolves would have been feasting for weeks - and since the bodies were buried in the snow partially they wouldn't have rotted too quickly. Why would the wolves waste precious energy and risk wolf lives to go hunt people who were going to fight back with fire, sticks and knives, when they had a cache of easy picking food available? They wouldn't have.

And when they swung across the crevice, I doubt anyone would have made it (and if they had made it across the great divide) I'm not too hopeful they would have survived the impact . . . had the clothesline been able to hold their weight.

But the worst offense of all to my survivor girl instincts was when John and Pete plummeted into the icy water, they would have died of hypothermia within a couple of minutes...at the most. And where the heck did Liam get the dry clothes? Because if those weren't dry clothes he would have definitely died for hypothermia.

All in all I have to say this was a suspenseful fantasy more than fiction. I think the acting was good but . . . and this is a BIG but...I wouldn't recommend the film. It was too fraught with fantasy for my liking...

I know, I know, I love zombie, vampire and werewolf movies so what the heck am I talking about? Well, this movie was compared to ALIVE - and meant to simulate real life, no vampire, zombie or werewolf movie makes that claim, at least none that I know of.

4 comments:

David Batista said...

It was explained in the movie that the wolves were not hunting the survivors for food, but to clear out their territory. Having humans stumbling about in their hunting range was apparently something the pack could not abide.

Although, I do have to say that there were indeed quite a few liberties taken with the verisimilitude here. But of course! Still, I thought it was an awesome film and enjoyed it immensely. I was able to suspend belief for most of that stuff, anyway. The harrowing, grim tone of the movie was what sold me.

And Liam Neeson was, as always, DA MAN! :)

Christina Farley said...

Good points. Still, I want to see it. Looks like a great thriller. I love good thrillers.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

So rent it, huh?

Kim Kasch said...

Yeah, Liam makes it definitely worth renting it ;)