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AV Club: The Grey Review

AV Club: There was a time when Liam Neeson, as a sensitive magazine editor in Woody Allen’s Husbands And Wives, looked so intimidated by the likes of Mia Farrow and Judy Davis that his 6’4” frame seemed as brittle as papier-mâché. Even Darkman, which cast him as a vengeful urban hero, emphasized his intense vulnerability and inner torment. Now, after an unlikely series of action vehicles, Neeson has evolved into a steely, inscrutable tough guy in the Clint Eastwood/Charles Bronson mold, and it’s this character who approaches parody in The Grey, the ultimate in Movies For Guys Who Like Movies. Director Joe Carnahan, having already cast Neeson as the cigar-chomping ringleader Hannibal in The A-Team, uses him again in the macho role of a grizzled working stiff who squares off against nature and beast in a primal battle of wills. Perhaps appropriately, it’s pitched like a wolf’s howl.

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