The Grey

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Risu

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A couple days ago I got a chance to watch a screener DVD of The Grey, which comes out in theaters in a couple weeks, and I've got to say it was a pretty great movie. Has anybody else here managed to see it yet?
 

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MooCriket

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Not yet, but looks decent. Kinda just looks like it is a simplistic movie though. I'm hoping for more than just...plane crash, Jedi vs wolves. Still may check it out though.
 

Risu

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The payoff is the second half of the movie, when the characters have grown on you. The cinematography was also pretty nice, and as usual Liam Neeson plays a total badass.
 

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JD

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Ultimately, I was left disappointed with this one for a few reasons.

Liam was strong, but probably a little too strong (but, was probably supposed to the echo the Alpha male of the wolf pack).

spoilers....

I thought the movie just grasped a little too much with the jump off the cliff into the trees, and wouldn't you know somehow the wolves were already there waiting... I can suspend belief, but c'mon.

Another open ending.... That's been played out to death... yeah, I know the scene after the credits is supposed to suggest some things, but even that was open.

I won't get into taping bottles to your hands to fight a wolf... :facepalm
 

CessnaDriver

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I'm curious if the animal behavior came off as realistic or did they get a bit silly with them?
 

Risu

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They had a throwaway line that explained the wolves being over-aggressive, but it was unrealistic. As was the bottle-taping, but dramatically speaking it was cool.
 

JD

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I'm curious if the animal behavior came off as realistic or did they get a bit silly with them?
I've never been hunted by a wolf pack, so it's hard for me to say.

The size of the animals seemed to vary considerably from shot to shot.
 

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Scareb

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I really dug it except for the ******* behind me that kept explaining things with his dad, and the four dick heads in front of us that kept laughing at parts that put a smile on your face at most, not cackling like a hyena.
 

Solochaser

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spoiler: I hated the ending. John should have survived instead of getting into a boxing match with the wolf. What happened after the credits? I thought about staying but didn't.
 

JD

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spoiler: I hated the ending. John should have survived instead of getting into a boxing match with the wolf. What happened after the credits? I thought about staying but didn't.
Apparently the credit scene was Liam still alive resting on top of the dying alpha wolf. It wasn't clear if Liam was injured/dying...
 

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JD

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I don't mind open endings... I just didn't like this movie much.

It lost me for a few reasons...

Killing of all the supporting characters.
The one character opting to stay behind... and apparently a strong willed character despite an injury.
The death defying leap from the cliff into the trees.
Taping little, tiny broken bottles and a knife into your hands to battle a wolf. C'mon... even the knife would have issues getting in there with fur and skin - not mention a large, vicious wolf attacking you.

But, the big one:
The wolves at the the base of the cliff, apparently waiting for the survivors.

I can suspend belief, I like movies with 'leaps of faith,' and huge plot holes, loops, twists, fate, kismet, coincidence and what have you... but, I was already on the fence due to the unlikable characters, despite going in wanting to like this movie.
 
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JD

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...on the other hand, I just saw Man on a Ledge and while not stunningly original, was a very solid, fast passed action flick and worked pretty well for me. Yeah, uber-unbelievable... but fun (which The Grey seemed to miss).

I went to The Grey Friday because based on reviews it was the stronger of the two flicks. In fact, the reviews had me to the point where I pretty much wrote off and wasn't going to see Man on a Ledge and that The Grey was that much more a better film.

I liked Man on a Ledge considerably more than The Grey. Maybe it was because I went in with lower expectations? I don't care much for Sam Worthington (and dig Liam Neeson quite a bit), I do like Elizabeth Banks but I'm so accustomed to her in comedic roles that her seriousness in this almost took me out of the movie... but I got over that.
 

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