Survival of the Fittest – Movie Review: “The Grey”

By Tarik Hrvo

Imagine being stranded in the middle of nowhere in Alaska without food nor shelter in the midst of a blizzard while being stalked by wolves. Those are just a few of the problems that arise in Joe Carnahan’s, “The Grey”.

Some say mid-winter is not a prime market for most movies releases, but “The Grey” has proven otherwise. Since its January 27th release, the movie has left many surprised when it comes to the box office, pulling down $20 million for it’s first weekend and $9.3 million in its second.

The film stars well-known actor Liam Neeson, as many know him from “Taken” and “The A Team.”  While the plot of “The Grey” is different from Neeson’s previous films, the character that he portrays is very similar.

The film is about a man named John Ottoway (Neeson), who is a widower who decided against committing suicide after his wife passed. He is now working in Alaska as a marksman and earning his living by shooting wolves. Ottoway (Neeson), and other workers find out they are boarding a plane home and are all in good moods until the plane hits turbulence and eventually crashes.

He awakes to the screaming of his colleagues and the burning sound of what is left of the plane they boarded. As one of the few survivors, Ottoway is now is left with the daunting reality that he is stuck in a blizzard in the middle of nowhere in subzero temperatures, with wolves approaching from all sides. With no food or shelter, Ottoway and his coworkers must find a way to find some civilization before wolves, cold and starvation get to them.

As scary as it is to imagine this situation, the theme of the movie goes deeper. It shows that no matter how hard the obstacles are or how insurmountable the task at hand is, humans tend to find a way to overcome the odds.

I have seen the movie and it is definitely one of my favorites so far. If you are a fan of Liam Neeson or action/thrillers in general, I would highly recommend seeing this one.

4 out of 5 stars.