|IAN MACKENZIE JEFFERS|
In place of cannibalism found in your typical “plane crash” movie, ‘The Grey’ (which re-teams Neeson with director Joe Carnahan after 2010’s severely underrated ‘The A-Team’) promotes existential themes with religious undertones without shoving them down your throat - rather, it merely asking that you think. The film's high tension is broken up by Ottway’s haunting visions of his wife, which only adds to Ottway’s intrigue - especially after his suicide attempt early in the film (pre-crash), an event that constantly hangs over the character’s head and provokes the question of his leadership over the group of survivors.
The film has a quiet emotionality to it that is surprisingly sincere and thought provoking, leading to a conclusion that's a far cry from a light and fluffy life-affirming happy ending one might expect - it’s this break from tradition that contributes to the film's great success. The characters are great, as is their tension and volatile relationship as they fight for survival. No one comes away from this unscathed one way or another, which is what makes this film so darn entertaining and original. This film is for any Liam Neeson fan and those who love to spend their time on the edge of their seat.
REVIEWERS NOTE: There is a bonus scene (if you can even call it that) after the credits. It’s NOT worth the wait. If you want to stay, then stay and be disappointed. If you still want to know but can’t be bothered staying, you can email me at email@example.com or send me a tweet @MissJess_Switch.