Wednesday, January 2, 2013

John Ottway says...

'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...'

- John Ottway (played by Liam Neeson, The Grey, written by Joe Carnahan and Ian MacKenzie Jeffers, 2012. Based on the short story Ghost Walker by Ian Mackenzie Jeffers)

Note: This poem is recited by John Ottway, who remembers seeing it hung up in his father's office as a child. Though it sounds like a classic poem written by a renowned author, it was actually written by Joe Carnahan for the film's script. The poem is shown in flashbacks and repeated throughout the film, emphasizing the characters' struggle to survive against vicious weather and a bloodthirsty pack of wolves. Definitely not an action-packed thrill-ride from end to end, more of a moody slow-burner with bursts of violence and tense situations. While not nearly a perfect film, The Grey is a nice addition to the survival-horror genre, with some intense action and thought-provoking psychological and existential themes.

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