For some reason, The Grey is rattling around the internet being described as Taken… with wolves. That’s not only silly and reductive, it’s inaccurate and misleading. But whatever. The film does star Liam Neeson, and that’s about where the resemblance ends — it’s about a crew of Alaskan pipeline workers whose plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness and, starving and without help coming, their struggle for survival (which includes being stalked by a pack of “rogue wolves.”)
It actually looks pretty intense, and since it was filmed on location during the winter, it really feels like the barren, frozen nightmare that Canada is. Because we all know that Canada is a barren frozen nightmare filled with wolves, bloodthirsty moose, and Communists. That, my friends, is a land you should never go to.
Anyway, the film co-stars Dallas Roberts, James Badge Dale, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Nonso Anozie and and the phenomenal and underused Joe Anderson, and is directed by Joe Carnahan (Narc, The A-Team). The trailer shoots for that tense, trapped feeling and mostly works, although the weird Liam-Neeson-DIY-Wolverine shot at the end made me giggle more than gasp.