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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars
“Bark at the Moon”, February 5, 2012
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This review is from: The Grey (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) (Blu-ray)

I loved almost every second of The Grey. Movies about people surviving out in the wilderness have always interested me.

The cast was believable (Liam Neeson at his best), they filmed on location (you can almost feel the cold), and it dove into deeper issues than just surviving a large pack of wolves. This film is like a horror and action film rolled into one. The wolf attacks are almost horror movie gory.

Some people are complaining about the open ending, which I liked, but if you stay after the end credits you get about a 5 second look at the aftermath.

For a January release, The Grey is much more of a high calibur film than I expected.

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]]> By: Jordan Appel "thedudeman" http://newmoviereleasesdvd.loginby.com/the-grey-two-disc-combo-pack-blu-ray-dvd-digital-copy-ultraviolet/#comment-19818 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 10:53:10 +0000 http://newmoviereleasesdvd.loginby.com/the-grey-two-disc-combo-pack-blu-ray-dvd-digital-copy-ultraviolet/#comment-19818

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars
Nesson carries a emotional gut punch of a movie., January 29, 2012
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Jordan Appel “thedudeman” (Powder Springs, GA) –

This review is from: The Grey (Two-Disc Combo Pack: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) (Blu-ray)

The Grey
Review

A man named John Otway works in the Alaskan Wilderness as a protector of an oil drilling team from Wolves. He pens a letter to his wife, then gets on a plane, which crashes and he ends up in the wilderness with other men fighting for his life and the lives around him.

Liam Nesson is one of the older generation’s overlooked actors. He is an actor that can take on any role and nail it. He is so method and so intense in his acting ability, he can carry any film that he is in with it. He is remarkable to watch and makes me actually want to go to see the film that he potentially is in. But in this film, he could’ve turned in a one-note performance and just chewed scenery, but he turns in a haunting, moving performance that made me weep for his character towards the end. You get that feeling in your gut after watching the men walk through the wilderness and you just know. Also you feel for the character after getting to know him through out the movie. Not a lot of actors have that hold on the audience like he does.

Joe Carnahan is a pretty prolific director that has his hits (Smoking Aces), huge misses (A Team) and critically overlooked (Narc). I was worried that he would underwhelm yet again on this one because A Team didn’t come out that great and I was disappointed, but I was glad I saw this movie because this movie takes the talent he has shown in Narc and brings it to a another level of solid film-making. The look, pace of the film are really good and made me enjoy the movie even more because with certain directors the material in this film would’ve or could’ve been mishandled, but he did it fine. In fact, this could be his masterpiece because it moved me to the point because at the point before I saw it, I had low expectations. I am glad it didn’t turn out to be the ACTION FEST TO END ALL ACTION FEST movie the trailer made it out to be. Everything is just well rounded here, but it does have its flaws.

First flaw is that the side characters that worked with Nesson’s character barely had time to get their story. I know there is a 2-hour time limit and there could’ve been more expanded from the story on those characters because in the last scene, I really didn’t feel for them as much as I did Nesson’s character because that is basically the main character development that we had in the movie, but the rest not so much.

Yes, I did read there was a lack of an ending, but how do you end a movie like this? It’s hard to sit at your computer and go, “Ok, let’s end it this way or that way.” That’s not how it works. Some open endings are perfect for some movies, and this movie had a good open ending to make you think on what was going to happen to the character after the film ended. Plus, I feel some other reviewers missed the theme and the message of the movie to the point where they are making blind criticisms without digesting the film, but you don’t have to like everything.

Overall, it was a enjoyable movie and a great thrill ride like the reviews said it was, it had the right amounts of all the stuff that movies are made up of, but there was a lack of some parts that didn’t make the movie less enjoyable, but still were there to see.

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]]> By: C. Sawin http://newmoviereleasesdvd.loginby.com/the-grey-two-disc-combo-pack-blu-ray-dvd-digital-copy-ultraviolet/#comment-19817 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 10:19:59 +0000 http://newmoviereleasesdvd.loginby.com/the-grey-two-disc-combo-pack-blu-ray-dvd-digital-copy-ultraviolet/#comment-19817

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars
Carnahan’s best work to date? Possibly, January 26, 2012
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This review is from: The Grey (DVD)

There were a lot of things that felt like they were kept secret on purpose before sitting down and viewing The Grey for the first time. The trailer hints at the movie being nothing more than a survival thriller starring Liam Neeson as he struggles to survive not only the unrelenting cold elements, but also the ferocious wolves that inhabit his surroundings. The Grey is written and directed by Joe Carnahan, the man who brought us Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team. The movie is also produced by Tony and Ridley Scott, which you think the marketing campaign would jump all over but doesn’t even mention. Not only that, but there is quite a bit more to the movie than the trailer and TV spots let on.

As the movie begins, Ottway (Liam Neeson) narrates a letter he’s writing to his wife. This segment just made me realize what my life is lacking most right now and that’s a Liam Neeson voiceover for every thought that crosses my mind. Think about that. It’d be the most amazing thing ever. The trailer reveals a few major things: that Ottway is stranded in the middle of nowhere in the blistering cold thanks to a plane crash and that wolves stand in the way of him actually surviving this ordeal. The plane crash itself is one of the best executed in recent memory. The way it’s filmed and edited is downright ruthless. It’s as if you’re on the plane as it goes down. The Grey doesn’t just place you in this blizzard-ridden hell infested with wolves, it kicks your teeth down your throat, laughs in your face, and throws you into it with everything it has.

The movie gives new meaning to some of the simplest things. Seeing your breath in cold weather takes on an entirely new definition and the way The Grey deals with death just feels incredibly powerful. Ottway questions faith right from the start and takes matters into his own hands throughout the movie. The events that transpire take a toll on even the most religious plane crash survivors. Death is more of a relief than something worth distancing yourself from. Ottway describes it as being a warm sensation and thinking about the thing you love most in life before completely giving yourself into it. Many of the campfire conversations are entirely more impactful than they have any right to be. The conversation about faith in general hits you like a potato sack full of cinder blocks.

The Grey manages to shout its message even when there’s nothing being said on-screen. One of the images that stuck with me long after the movie ended was the shot of blood flowing into the paw print of a wolf in the snow. There’s a scene by the river that strictly relies on sound and the way you succumb to it is nothing more than brilliant. There’s another shot at the end of the film where (and I’m trying to avoid spoilers the best I can) Ottway is arranging some objects in the snow. The way Liam Neeson’s fat, sausage-like fingers delicately wrap themselves around these objects and the way his hands tremble as he does this illustrates not only what this man has been through, but also that he’s at the end of his rope. Plus the movie will make you want to look over your shoulder the next time you consider relieving yourself out in nature somewhere.

That level of greatness The Grey eventually achieves isn’t around at all times. Some lame dialogue does squeak through and characters manage to do really stupid things at times (John Diaz, played by Frank Grillo, especially), but that seems to help the movie more than anything. People, real people, occasionally do stupid things especially when they’re scared. So this kind of made the characters feel more genuine and made it very clear that certain characters were caving under pressure.

There was a movie that came out back in 2000 that was called Vertical Limit. It was one of my most trying times at the movie theater. I fought vehemently to leave about halfway through because I hated it so much, but I was with people at the time who wanted to stay until the end. It was probably one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had to pay for. The Grey is basically everything I wanted that movie to be. The cast is fantastic, their actions are mostly believable, and there’s this meaning to everything that really speaks to you.

The Grey is a grainy thriller that knocks the wind out of you on more than one occasion. In fact, it’s rare that the movie actually allows you to catch your breath. Everything is such a raw, vicious, and brutal test of faith. It’s fantastically violent and Liam Neeson is superb. If The Grey is anything to fall back on, then 2012 is going to be one hell of a year for movies.

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