Early footage released from co-writer/director Joe Carnahan’s The Grey has included what seems destined to become an iconic image: that of a bearded Liam Neeson, gritting his teeth as he charges down a wolf, armed with nothing but broken minibar alcohol bottles taped to his fists.
A new full-length trailer for The Grey has been unveiled, and like the teaser trailer, it focuses primarily on painting the film as a high-octane, cinematic adrenaline rush, with Neeson’s character serving as the heart and soul of the “man vs. nature” storyline. Not surprisingly, this new preview also climaxes with the Neeson/wolf battle.
In ‘The Grey’, Liam Neeson leads an unruly group of oil-rig roughnecks when their plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Battling mortal injuries and merciless weather, the survivors have only a few days to escape the icy elements – and a vicious pack of rogue wolves on the hunt – before their time runs out.
What the above plot synopsis for The Grey neglects to mention is that Neeson’s drive to survive emanates largely from memories of his beloved – an idea that has been heavily emphasized in both of the movie’s theatrical promos.
That said – check out the new trailer for The Grey (following the introduction by Neeson and co-star Frank Grillo):
Carnahan is well-experienced in the art of directing violently visceral thrillers (see: Narc, Smokin’ Aces) and also has a talent for crafting bombastic-but-fun action set pieces (see: The A-Team). In The Grey, he looks to put both abilities to good use while delivering more of an understated, yet gritty and exciting, cinematic thrill ride.
Even though the film’s “evil wolves” do (so far) come off as over-the-top, that seems to be very much intentional; in a sense, Mother Nature as a whole is portrayed as a semi-metaphorical monster that is determined to kill the main characters, be it by ice storm, frozen rivers, or collapsing snow-covered cliffs. So, tonally, The Grey seems pretty consistent and balanced.
While the film’s cast includes pretty decent actors like Grillo (Warrior), Dermot Mulroney (About Schmidt), James Badge Dale (Shame), and Dallas Roberts (3:10 to Yuma), it is Neeson who is clearly going to do the bulk of the heavy (dramatic) work. Hence why there was all that early buzz about the movie being given a brief release in 2011, so that Neeson could become a contender in the ongoing Oscars race.
The Grey will be unleashed in theaters around the U.S. on January 27th, 2012.