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Frost Bites 2024: It’s Nature vs. Colonizer in ‘The Grey’

[Before I fell and fractured my elbow so badly I needed a titanium implant to fix it, I’d already written a bunch of microreviews for my #Horrorthon365 project. I’m just gonna go ahead and post them even though I’m not sure I’ll be able to see this project through the way I’d planned. And if you’re so inclined, you can contribute to my elbow reconstruction fundraiser here.]

After a group of oil riggers with complicated pasts survive a plane crash in the Alaskan wilds, they find themselves in the orbit of a pack of wolves. Led by professional hunter Ottway (Liam Neeson), the men do their damndest to make it through the blizzard conditions as well as the wolves, but the odds are well stacked against them. As it should be. This is nature versus colonizing forces who don’t belong there. And for once nature wins.

One of the most powerful things about this film that I find really moving and surprising is the fact that, amid all the machismo and misogyny, all of the men except for one have important women at their core. And in their last moments on earth they all turn to these women from their pasts, be they lovers, wives, or sisters and mothers. The one man who doesn’t realizes by the end how he has closed himself off to the totality of the human experience by rejecting love. While most of the deaths in The Grey are horribly gruesome his is arguably — and quietly — the worst. This film is as much a drama as it is an action/survival horror.

✨Mini whiskey bottle/5 stars. Recommend watching through the credits for a telling post-credit scene.✨