Daryl’s review published on Letterboxd:
Wow. I didn't expect that.
I have ignored this since its release. I have had no real interest in it, and I have never been a big Liam Neeson fan. Although I think that The Grey has put me straight on both of those points.
This is an intense, well made movie. It is claustrophobic in its expansiveness. And that takes fucking skill. The skill of the actors, and the skill of the director. It's lack of flash, and effects, really bring home the rawness of the situation, and the very real feel of fear. Neeson's constant, desperate, appeals for help from a higher power hint at some religious undertone. But I don't really care about that.
The Grey could have been better, but I really don't think that Neeson could have been. He is phenomenal. And oddly for a survival flick, the rest of the supporting cast are not just a bunch of throwaway, death fodder. Well not totally anyway, most of them have a bit of depth, and are all played with just the right amount of emotion.
Grey is definitely the new black.