Just a quick blurb on the movie THE GREY, which we just watched last night.
GOOD FLICK. No, wait: GREAT FLICK.
I usually don't go in much for man vs nature stories. There generally isn't much for conflict or story, as it's usually just people up against a wall, as in the "bad guy" is a force of nature with no mind or dialogue or motives or anything. The movies that tend to come out of this are bad disaster flicks based almost wholly on special effects and it's just following a gang of people we don't care about through nearly unavoidable crap that they have no chance against though somehow survive. That kind of thing is very real world, or course, but not all that entertaining for me. The best man vs nature stories, though, delve into deeply into character. Aside from this movie, the only great one that comes to mind is Moby Dick (wish I had the stamina to actually READ that one).
But this man vs. nature story is fantastic. Depressing, but fantastic. I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet, but it's almost as much werewolf horror movie as it is survival story or great character story. The two ladies watching with me were more freaked out and afraid to go to bed watching this than one of those dime-a-dozen haunted house movies (if that's any more incentive to see it).
Overall, great movie, deep characters and continual conflict and adventure, plus all natural horrors and some good gore too. And it's Liam Neeson--nuff said! I give it 4.5 out of 5, if not a full FIVE stars.