It’s 11 PM on Friday night and I just got back from watching The Grey at the movie theater. I’ve been excited to see this movie for a few months.
Here are the movie details:
|Plot Outline||In The Grey, Liam Neeson leads an unruly group of oil-rig roughnecks when their plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Battling mortal injuries and merciless weather, the survivors have only a few days to escape the icy elements – and a vicious pack of rogue wolves on the hunt – before their time runs out.|
|Directed By||Joe Carnahan|
|Written By||Based on the Short Ghost Story “Ghost Walker” by Ian Mackenzie Jeffers|
|Screenplay By||Joe Carnahan & Ian Mackenzie Jeffers|
|Produced By||Jules Daly, Joe Carnahan, Ridley Scott, Mickey Liddell|
Let me put it this way. If you want to see The Grey because you like Liam Neeson, then you are going to love this movie. He (and the rest of the cast) do an awesome job. It didn’t quite satisfy my expectations for ‘survival scenes’ but I really liked the movie concept – it was a similar concept as the movie The Edge with Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin. However, I have to say – I liked The Edge better. The idea of having to self-rescue while being chased by man-eating wolves is a pretty crazy thought. Combine that with a freezing arctic tundra environment and this is pretty much a worse-case-scenario survival situation.
From a survival standpoint, it has everything you would expect to see in a movie based on a plane crash in the arctic bush but nothing all that new and surprising. I like seeing more than what you would normally expect. I wanted to see some new and creative survival weapons/shelters/tools/tricks/ – even if they were fake movie props. At least show me a cool knife, a wicked trap, a machete or some make-shift weapon from a plane part or something! The final scene does have some mini-liquor bottle glass knuckles but that scene lasts a whole 5 seconds. I was hoping to see the damage they could do to the big bad wolf but no such luck. There is also a scene with some make-shift boom-sticks (I don’t want to give too much away) that I rather enjoyed. Anything that has to do with improvised survival weapons gets a THUMBS UP in my book – whether it is real or not.
The characters in this movie slept several nights in sub-zero degree weather in the open wind with virtually no shelter. I have to admit…that drove me a little crazy. I kept saying to myself – “There is no way they could survive that cold!” I know…I know… it’s a movie, but it was still hard for me to get past.
I tried and tried to get a good look at the knife Liam was using but couldn’t ID it. It looked like a Seal Pup but I’m not sure. If anyone else has any insight into this, please post in the comments.
I liked the movie – don’t get me wrong. However, I wanted to REALLY like this movie. I give the acting 5 stars and the survival content 3 stars. I’ve posted the trailer below if you haven’t seen it yet.
Oh, and for anyone out there who isn’t a fan of vulgar language, this movie has it’s fair share. However, if I was being chased by a lion sized wolf with green eyes who I had seen eat a few of my buddies I might drop the F-Bomb a few times too.
SURVIVAL LESSONS from THE GREY:
- Pack a Survival Kit in your checked baggage just in case the plane goes down and you find your luggage
- Keep a Survival Kit in your VEHICLE
- Before you leave your crashed plane or broken down vehicle be sure to strip as many available resources as possible – chair covers or headliners for shelter canopies or bed rolls, fuel and oil for making fire, water?, food?, anything that can be fashioned into a make-shift weapon, electrical wire for cordage, containers, etc…
- Take some general FIRST AID classes BEFORE you need them
- Leave some kind of note or sign at the crash site that tells potential first responders where you’ve gone
- Keep your fire building materials and tools in a WATERPROOF container or bag – Just In Case
- Learn how to skin, gut, process and prepare wild game over an open fire
- Learn some basic COLD WEATHER sheltering techniques
I will be adding this movie to the Willow Haven movie collection once it is available on DVD.
Have you seen this movie yet? What are your thoughts?
PS- Though it doesn’t give much more insight into what happened, there is a final scene AFTER all of the credits so you might as well wait for it if you’ve watched the movie.
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