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The Grey (2012) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

There is a quiet nihilism in the unnerving psychological thriller The Grey. Seven surviving members of a plane crash must brave the harsh Arctic tundra and a pack of bloodthirsty wolves, in the hopes of rescue. On the surface this adventure tale is full of rugged looking actors going through an ordeal that is not uncommon to similar man vs. nature/ man vs. man fictional scenarios. The difference here is that The Grey pushes viewers to ponder its themes not only in the tense moments but hours and perhaps days after they have left the theater.

Liam Neeson is Ottway a professional marksman hired by an Alaskan drilling company to protect its exposed workers from the predatory animals roaming the icy landscape. After one of the most harrowing plane crash sequences ever committed to film, Ottway awakens to find himself one of a band of survivors who must work together to outlast the unforgiving weather and territorial beasts that are stalking the group’s every move. In terms of plotting, there is very little originality. The film’s power comes from the fully realized and captivating characters that behave as real people would if caught up in this extreme situation.

The Grey is one of the most relentlessly depressing movies in recent years, but it’s not unpleasant. That may sound like a backhanded compliment and it is. In honesty the entire experience left me feeling wrung-out and depressed; yet more importantly I was far more mentally stimulated that I had expected to be. The Grey represents a huge jump in maturity and craftsmanship from director/co-writer Joe Carnahan. A filmmaker whose previous output has felt like a frenzied attempt to emulate a certain style rather than develop an original artistic voice. For 2/3 of the running-time The Grey is nearly flawless, things get a bit drawn out in the last act with a scene in particular that lands on the overly talkative side and two shots that are held well past the point of explanation. Barring these minor quibbles, The Grey is a huge step in establishing Joe Carnahan as an emerging talent that is far more skilled than previously believed.

Director: Joe Carnahan
Stars: Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney

Podcast EP203: Great Gatsby, Peeples Predictions, Men In Black 4, Transformers 4

Episode two-hundred and three. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the latest in movie news, box office numbers and trailers.

Box Office Ace Predictions: The Great Gatsby
Peeples

News: Sony Hires Oren Uziel to Write ‘Men in Black 4′ and Rewrite ’21 Jump Street 2′
Alamo Drafthouse to Present Films From the Summer of 1983
Ben Stiller in Talks to Direct Robert Downey, Jr. in ‘Pinocchio’
Steven Spielberg’s Next Film Is ‘American Sniper’ Starring Bradley Cooper
Kelsey Grammer Is the Non-Robot Villain in ‘Transformers 4′
Marvel Studios Once Again Controls Rights to ‘Ghost Rider’ and ‘Blade’

Forced Reviews: The Grey
The Host

Box Office Weekend Breakdown: May 3-5, 2013

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Crash Site (2011) – Review

1 1/2 Stars

The Sanders family vacation adventure goes terribly wrong, in the wilderness thriller Crash Site. Daniel Sanders (Spence), owns an online security firm, that is hacked by a group of corporate Internet pirates. In the midst of this work emergency, Daniel misses his daughters college graduation party. Leading to total disarray in his personal and professional life. His wife, Rita (Carpenter), presents him with an ultimatum, take a four day trip to the mountains with their daughter and her boyfriend, or else the marriage is over.
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Podcast EP72: Flickin Friday

Episode seventy-two. Join hosts Jason and Trevor as they take a trip in the box office DeLorean back to the weekend of January 30-February 1, 2009. We also talk biggest box office bombs, guilty pleasure franchises, Terminator 5, The Grey, This Means War rating issues plus more!

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Live Movie Podcast EP40: Scarface Reborn, Liam Neeson Looks Grey, John Dies at the End

Our fortieth podcast! Don’t be afraid to join in on the conversation. Feel free to comment on the show here if you missed the live recording, we’ll reply to your questions and comments directly here, or on the next episode.

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Episode forty. Join hosts Trevor and Jason as they discuss the past weekend box office of September 23-25, 2011. Moneyball, Dolphin Tale, Abduction, Killer Elite. Scarface Remake. The Grey Trailer. John Dies at the End Trailer. Random Movie News and Discussion. Audience Participation Welcomed!

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The Grey (2012) – Trailer

Liam Neeson versus crazy wolves. There’s not much more to say than that. The Grey looks like an excellent wilderness survival flick, a true man versus nature movie. This looks to be a much better film than The Thing prequel. Don’t miss Neeson’s hand-crafted weapons at the end.

In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggle to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Hunting the humans are a pack of wolves who see them as intruders.