Escape to the Movies: The Grey

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See...January movies can be good.

When I hear of a plot scenario like this, my first thought is "Good, they deserve to get eaten by the wolves for destroying their natural habitat with that plane crash!"

I know, I'm a bad person. Looks like a great film though, I'll definitely check it out.

Sounds a bit like Centurion in the 'bunch of men find themselves in a survival situation' kind of way. And I liked Centurion.

Matt King:
did... he tie blades to his hands then charge at a wolf?

Yeah I thought that was kind of stupid too, after seeing that I promised myself I wouldn't pay to rent or go see this film.

Bob...not to be ungrateful or anything, but isn't there a Sherlock Holmes movie you need to review. You know, one that is way better than the original?

Rabidkitten:
Wolves don't attack humans btw. Like ever, I think there are almost no recorded incidents of wild wolves attacking a human. Dogs while actually just wolves, are prone to attacking humans but in reality they often feel cornered, mistreated, and scared. Something that doesn't often happen while your a big wolf out in the middle of the vast wilds. Wolves are terrified of humans, and will generally avoid them at all cost.

I'm surprised that's actually an issue to some people. It's like saying you don't like unicorns because horses aren't supposed to have horns. Or that you didn't like the Lion king because animals aren't supposed to talk. Sometimes you gotta play around a bit for the sake of suspense and personally i think wolves do it just fine, because as wild animals go wolves are pretty intimidating.

OT: You had me at "Liam Neeson".

CardinalPiggles:

Yeah I thought that was kind of stupid too, after seeing that I promised myself I wouldn't pay to rent or go see this film.

um stupid? it's fucking amazing :D

PG13 Expendables 2....
Do not want.

Its like Bear Grylls the Movie. I wonder if we get to see Liam Neeson drink his own pee.

I know it was only released yesterday, but I was kind of hoping for a comment about the Ferris Bueller teaser (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuHmEo0Bx7Q ) in the post-video credit comments. Maybe next week.

On topic: Never had much of an interest in these action-packed "guy" movies, but this looks interesting to say the least.

I'm I the only one who was though Bob was being sarcastic at the beginning?

I don't get why people attribute so much of the credit of a movie to the director (or sometimes the actors in some cases), it's simply wrong. I mean is the director of the movie really responsible for everything that's good about it? Did he write the script? Did he write the screeplay? Did he write or perform the music? Did he create the sound effects? Did he act in it? Did he edit it? I'm guessing the answer to most, if not all of those questions is no.

A lot of other people helped make the movie what it is and I think it's unfair to say it's all because of the director. This happens all the time with popular directors and I really think it needs to stop. I'm not saying they are bad directors or that they make bad movies, but people need to put their work in to perspective and realise that so much of what they like about a movie has nothing to do with the director at all.

Hmm.... might have to take a peek at this one sometime. I already think that a movie having Liam Neeson in it typically means at least part of it is good (aka, the scenes he is in XD). But the movie as a whole being good too? Well... that just might mean i'll check it out someday. :D

Ummm, pitch black anyone? I loved pitch black, and this looks better..

Lets be honest here, Expendables 1 was basically a PG-13 movie. Only thing that bumped it up to R was the cluster-F-bomb Bruce Willis drops in his ONE freaking scene.

Other than that the violence was bland, the swearing was minimal, there was less T&A than your average cable TV show.

Ulquiorra4sama:

Rabidkitten:
Wolves don't attack humans btw. Like ever, I think there are almost no recorded incidents of wild wolves attacking a human. Dogs while actually just wolves, are prone to attacking humans but in reality they often feel cornered, mistreated, and scared. Something that doesn't often happen while your a big wolf out in the middle of the vast wilds. Wolves are terrified of humans, and will generally avoid them at all cost.

I'm surprised that's actually an issue to some people. It's like saying you don't like unicorns because horses aren't supposed to have horns. Or that you didn't like the Lion king because animals aren't supposed to talk. Sometimes you gotta play around a bit for the sake of suspense and personally i think wolves do it just fine, because as wild animals go wolves are pretty intimidating.

OT: You had me at "Liam Neeson".

It's all about willing suspension of disbelief. People let talking animals slide in Disney flicks, because they're Disney flicks. Likewise, anything with Unicorns or elves or blue superheroes who neglect pants is given a pass because they occur in a world distinctly different from our own, where such things exist.

The Grey is set up as a gritty action packed real world type movie. As such, people tend to expect it to follow the real world rules we all know and love/hate. For people familiar with animal behavior, seeing hyper-aggressive wolves is akin to seeing Liam Neeson up up and fly away halfway through the flick. It was cool when Christopher Reeve did it, cuz he's freaking Superman. But it would be awkward and jarring to see it happen here.

At the end of the credits he meets his Space Dad.

So it's not just a movie about Qui-Gon punching a wolf in the face?
Good to hear that, although I have no idea when are they releasing this over here, but on the plus side, Drive just came out.

twaddle:
I want to see your face.
Feel hands in mine...
its lines like that (although cheesy) that made me consider seeing this movie and it was bob who made it a definite

Another quote from the movie I thought was cool was about the place being "a sort of prototype for hell, occupied by men unfit for mankind." Something along those lines.

Rabidkitten:
Wolves don't attack humans btw. Like ever, I think there are almost no recorded incidents of wild wolves attacking a human. Dogs while actually just wolves, are prone to attacking humans but in reality they often feel cornered, mistreated, and scared. Something that doesn't often happen while your a big wolf out in the middle of the vast wilds. Wolves are terrified of humans, and will generally avoid them at all cost.

Since Neeson's character is apparently hired to protect the workers by shooting wolves, I'm walking into it with the impression the wolves are taking a sort of supernatural revenge.

OH. MY. GOD. Liam Neeson is an Avenger! I KNEW it!

OT: Will definitely try to check this movie out. Seems awesome as hell.

you totally sold me on this movie...i believe i found something to do w/ my Saturday :)

Just saw the film based on this review, twas an amazing film id recommend to anyone.

so I waited through the credits to see 5 seconds of basically nothing ty bob was worth the wait

Ulquiorra4sama:
I'm surprised that's actually an issue to some people. It's like saying you don't like unicorns because horses aren't supposed to have horns. Or that you didn't like the Lion king because animals aren't supposed to talk. Sometimes you gotta play around a bit for the sake of suspense and personally i think wolves do it just fine, because as wild animals go wolves are pretty intimidating.

OT: You had me at "Liam Neeson".

The reason I have a problem with that myth is that some delightful people use it as a way to further their agenda of making that species extinct. But I agree, it's a film and it's a neat plot-device, as long as you remember that they're not going to hunt you down like that when there's plenty of prey with more meat and less sharp sticks out there when you leave the theatre.

But OT: I think this could be an interesting film. I'm not too big on the "Alive"-genre, really, but Liam Neeson is always Liam Neeson. It'd be interesting to see James fight of wolves and survive Alaska, to say the least.

CrystalShadow:
Ah... To stay through the credits...

The thing that always seems to annoy the cinema staff around here.
They don't say so, but you can feel their presence as they get annoyed because they're not allowed to clean up until the last person has left...

Being that last person is always an awkward feeling.

After the main production staff credits I start poking people still in their seats with a stick to make them leave.

I hate post credits sequences since it means I have at least 5 fewer minutes to clean the place up. I also don't like them as a movie-goer. I don't know whether or not there is anything at the end, and if it's so important then it should have been placed at the end of the movie. The Incredible Hulk did that and it was better as far more people got to see it.

I only just saw a poster (billboard) for "The Grey" today, didn't know it existed but I saw Liam Neeson on it so that piqued my interest, now that MovieBob has put his seal of approval its definite top list of Movies to go see now.

danyy2009:
For some reason the video only loads untill around the middle of it, and then gets stuck =/.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/help

and there's the Tech Team User Group here;
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/groups/view/Tech-Team
Join in and chat, hopefully someone can help.

So you like the movie for its portrayal of traditionally male values, while stating those values were dead previously.

Whatever, I just want to see Liam Neeson get in a punch-up with some wolves.

DigitalSushi:
I only just saw a poster (billboard) for "The Grey" today, didn't know it existed but I saw Liam Neeson on it so that piqued my interest, now that MovieBob has put his seal of approval its definite top list of Movies to go see now.

danyy2009:
For some reason the video only loads untill around the middle of it, and then gets stuck =/.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/help

and there's the Tech Team User Group here;
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/groups/view/Tech-Team
Join in and chat, hopefully someone can help.

Thx, but its already got fixed on it's own :).

Qitz:
Neat to hear that a movie worth watching is coming out. That doesn't mean I'll watch it though cause it's a pretty iffy genre but it's nice to know it's good.

Of course Chuck Norris doesn't need swear words, he IS a swear word.

Its nice to hear a movie star is willing to make an action movie without the word fuck ion every other line.

Sounds interesting, but Liam Neeson is such a lumbering, boring actor I think I'll wait and rent it.

So Expendables 2 would only be higher than a PG-13 because of the swearing? No violence or anything? Kudos to Chuck Norris though, excessive swearing gets really annoying.

Hoping to see this tomorrow, looks great and the review only made me more excited for the film.

I saw the movie today, and all I'm going to say about the post credits scene is that it's a callback to a scene at the beginning of the movie. If you miss the first 5 minutes of the movie, you won't get it.

Also, since it's so quick, it lends itself highly to speculation. I don't see this as being sequel bait.

I'm okay with them portraying wolves as the bad guys in this movie, but I'm also glad people are pointing out that healthy wolves don't attack humans. I understand it's an action flick. I understand that it still works because the cultural image of the "Big Bad Wolf" gobbling up Grandma. But, truth be told, your crippled up old Grandma could scare off entire packs of wolves by waving her cane around and yelling real loud. Wolves just don't act like that, and as long as people understand that I'm okay with movies like this.

OT: This looks interesting. I may go see it eventually.

I've been watching the user reviews on yahoo for this one, and it amuses me how many people think it's a bad movie because it wasn't was they expected.

I've seen two major complaints come up over and over

Wasn't what they expected
Wolves aren't all bad, this movie isn't doing them justice.

My favorite one was the guy that thought the movie sucked because Liam curses god in it.

Edit:

Found another one that didn't like it because it was "anti-god".

Bob thanks for the recommend to see this movie totally loved it and the end credits where well worth it to see. only thing that ruined some of the movie for me besides the some cgi wolves, was I cant believe someone was snoring in the audience and it was at the begining of the movie when things where quiet, and people talking, and that god damn phone light. but towards the middle people calmed down so I could enjoy the flick.

The Expendables 2 might turn out to be another AVP >.>. I checked my cinemas but The Grey isn't going to be playing here any time soon. Damn.

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