Thursday, June 07, 2012

The Grey (2012)

This is an okay movie. John Ottway (Liam Neeson) works in Alaska killing the wolves that threaten an oil drilling team. On his last day on the job, Ottway writes a letter to his wife Ana that he plans to commit suicide. Upon completing their job, the team and Ottway head home on a plane that crashes in a blizzard. He finds a woman being eaten by a gray wolf and informs the others that they are probably in the wolves' territory. They start a fire and take turns keeping watch. Another man is killed by two wolves and Ottway suggests that they head to the forest for better protection.

It is based on the short story Ghost Walker by Ian MacKenzie Jeffers. The film includes a post-credits scene. This movie reunited director Joe Carnahan with producer Ridley Scott and actor Liam Neeson, who previously collaborated on the 2010 action film The A-Team. The film was shot in Smithers, British Columbia, with several scenes being shot at the Smithers Regional Airport. Modern knowledge of wolves dismisses the idea of an alpha male in a pack, favoring the concept of breeder wolf, in the sense that in these animals the pack leader is simply the common parent, and its status is not obtained by fighting.

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