(Spoiler alert) I read a few reviews here, but decided to see the movie anyhow, and I'm glad I did.
Very rarely do movies leave you feeling so overwhelmed with thought and contemplation. ‘The Grey’ is an intense sermon; a last prayer in the religion of survival and a hymn to the resounding belief that we can overcome our greatest challenges with perseverance. Neeson draws upon the memory of his wife and her message, "don't be afraid," and a flashback between him and his father. He also draws upon the happiest memories he has in the most perilous of situations and helps others around him to do the same in their last moments.
It is a survival story with a colorful cast of characters that offer diversity of opinion, beliefs, and personalities. Conflicts between a few of the men reminded me how we all approach our fears differently, and how in difficult times, it's the happy moments that help you relax and endure. I found this movie to be a powerful allegory for the times we live in. The power of resiliency is arguably one of the most inspiring attributes an individual can possess. Metaphorically we all have wolves, storms, and rivers blocking our paths throughout life. We have experienced crashes, whether economic or personal and survived dire straights.
I actually really enjoyed the ending. It's not a typical feel good Hollywood ending. Maybe one expects going to the movies should help them escape realism, whereas this ending depicts a truer and more realistic resolution. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the connection this ending tied to the opening of the film: Neeson's hand feeling the wolf's last breathe & Neeson's head lying on the wolf's body as they both presumably take their last breathe which capsulates the poem Neeson recites frequently throughout the film: "Once more into the fray,
Into the last good fight I’ll ever know,
Live and die on this day ...
Live and die on this day ..."
RE: age appropriate. I think this movie is too strong for kids. I think 15 and up could handle it based on individual maturity. There are good messages, but they are deep messages which deserve conversation and contemplation.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness