'The Grey' is gritty, good, and packs a big bite.

Liam Neeson and a bunch of rough neck oil riggers go down in a plane crash in the frozen Alaska wilderness in The Grey. Neeson plays John Ottway, a loner and the alpha dog, of sorts, among the surviving men of the crash. They are forced to stay together to battle the elements and a pack of wolves, set on making them the next meal. A supporting cast includes Dallas Roberts as the smart sensitive guy, Dermot Mulroney as the sad dad missing his kid, and Frank Grillo as the Latino Hothead.They face Frostbite, Wolf bite, Drowning, and Falling from great heights. Harsh outcomes for both man and beast. In the middle of this life and death situation there's time for conversation among the men. We get to know their back story and learn that they are not simply a group of victims. Neeson's "Ottway" character is of course the most complex. On the brink of suicide just before the crash he now clings fiercely to it. The Grey is a delightful surprise. Director Joe Carnahan does a good job of not tipping his hand about who's living and who's dying. The wolves were, at times, a bit over the top with the CGI look, but, overall not a bad film. So the flick-o-meter gives The Grey 3 out of five. Its a decent adventure tale. It seemed to me to be a bit too digitally enhanced. A cgi snowstorm is o but giant hulking cgi wolves ? Not so much. Hey, we're social here on the show. Head to my fanpage on Facebook…its THEBRETTSIDE…go there and click like.

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