"The Grey" Could Be Better, if Only Liam Neeson Punched More Wolves in the Face

Kimberley French

If you crash Liam Neeson and six disposable buddies in the frozen Alaskan wilderness, there is the expectation — nay, the requirement — that Neeson punch as many wolves as possible. Tape pocketknives and broken glass to your fists, improvise other weapons from the plane wreckage — just do what's necessary in the situation, OK? But this is not to be. Reuniting with his A-Team director, Joe Carnahan, Neeson is instead a melancholy Irish Catholic given to fits of poetry and religious doubt. He gently shepherds a dying passenger into the beyond. He provides sage advice to the motley survivors — worried by their knowledge of both Alive and Grizzly Man — as he attempts to lead them on a trek to safety. There's too much Jack London, and, as they systematically pick off the stragglers, too many CGI wolves go unpunched.

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