Lite’s Reveiw Room: Weekend Movies – “The Grey” “Man On A Ledge” “One For The Money”
We’re not sure about you, but with the Oscars fast approaching we really are in a movie mood. Well this week there are 3 new releases that you could be heading to the theater to see.
Can we say we love Liam Neeson? Thanks! WE LOVE LIAM NEESON! We’ll let Julie Fisk, member of the DFW Film Critics Association and our Queen of the Silver Screen, tell you about his newest flick.
“The Grey” stars Liam Neeson as a man whose plane crashes into the Alaskan wilderness, leaving him to battle the elements and a pack of very hungry wolves. Man versus nature movies are by no means a new concept. In fact, The Gray reminds me of one of my favorite films, “The Edge” from 1997 where Anthony Hopkins battles a man-eating Kodiak. It’s fitting then, that the characters in “The Grey” start referencing films like “Alive” and “Grizzly Man” as soon as their plane crashes. If you were stranded in the wild, wouldn’t you be thinking about those movies? It’s that type of realism that makes “The Grey” more than just an adventure movie. [photogallerylink id=70380 align=right]
These men who’ve found themselves stranded, are just guys. Liam Neeson’s character is an expert on wolves, but other than that they are no more prepared to deal with the wilderness than we would be, so you start to really like them, which makes it worse as they start dying horrible deaths. I felt guilty watching Liam Neeson and his crew be continuously tortured by the WORST luck possible. Speaking of which, THIS is how I like to see Liam Neeson; grim and grizzled but with a poetic Jack London Slant. He even makes the mukluks look good.
“The Grey” takes way too long to get where it’s going and no, this isn’t ground-breaking territory, but I really enjoyed this movie so I’m giving it a B. Here’s a little tip: If you go to see “The Grey,” bundle up. I don’t care what the temperature is outside, watching these guys battle blizzards and slug through knee deep snow will have you freezing. I was longing for my Snuggie.