THE STORY: Liam Neeson stars in this action thriller where a group of oil drillers find themselves stranded in the Alaskan wilderness after their plane crashes. They race against time to find rescue, but the survivors soon realize that this is the least of their worries. While battling the merciless weather, the group comes face to face with a mean pack of wolves who are on the hunt. Neeson’s character leads the group in this daunting tale of survival.
MY RANT: I walked into the cinema expecting a movie that was action packed and thrilling to the core. After all this was a story involving a pack of mean wolves, and Neeson’s past flicks included some mean action scenes like Taken, The A-Team and Unknown. So in that sense, going in with that kind of expectation, the movie did not really hit the sweet spot with me.
Yes , there were a couple of scenes of gore and blood but not hardly as much as I was hyped up for. Rather, the movie took on a more spiritual nature that focused on a deeper theme of fragility, human mortality and loss.
The characters, all male, each had their own distinct persona and baggage which were captured nicely in the film. Their vulnerabilities and flaws were believable and relatable, and that was the beauty of the film – its raw emotional appeal. Neeson’s role as a man holding onto a memory that he can’t let go off is a very deep and touching portrayal. In the opening scenes, Neeson is seen penning a letter to his wife who is not with him, and the raw emotion and vibe that emanates from him is so heartfelt that you can almost feel the real pain of a man who lost his wife to a freak skiing accident a few years back. And I believe only one who has gone through the real thing can ever truly convey this kind of raw pain so convincingly to the audience, which is what makes Neeson’s performance all the more haunting.
Lastly, the movie was paced in a way that would give audiences the right amount of thrill while keeping the mood tensed throughout. Hence, this might not sit well with everyone especially those who do not like taking it slow. This was the part of the movie that did not sit well with me as I mentioned earlier, I had come in expecting fast spills and thrills. Thus, I think one would enjoy this movie better by setting your expectations straight before watching it. Apart from that, I felt that the overall story and concept of this movie was a nice artistic and literary piece of work.
Before I sign off, there are 2 things that I must mention:
1) Those who like happy endings and closure you have been warned, this movie certainly does not thread along those lines.
2) There is a very brief scene after the credits, so if you have time to spare feel free to stick around. If not there’s no need to fret because there’s always YOUTUBE to the rescue!;]