I don’t even know where to start. I am still trying to recover and compose myself. There is a lump in my throat after having a panic attack for two hours.
This is a must see. I knew this would be good, because pretty much everything with Liam Neeson is awesome, but this went way beyond my expectations. I thought I would be watching an action/adventure film, plain and simple, but there was a deep meaning to the entire story. It was extremely emotional, dramatic, heart-wrenching, traumatic, and even painful to watch. I had no idea I would be brought to tears so often. I almost started sobbing at one point.
The acting was superb, and Liam Neeson wasn’t even the best of them all. James Badge Dale (24 and The Pacific) was excellent in the few scenes he had. Joe Anderson (Across the Universe) was fantastic and this is probably one of his best roles. Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding) was almost unrecognizable and gave a very emotional performance. Two of the greatest performances were from Dallas Roberts (3:10 to Yuma) and Frank Grillo (Warrior). If this film had been released a bit earlier, I could see Frank Grillo getting a supporting actor nomination. I think the film would have received several nominations as well.
It had an excellent script, gorgeous cinematography, and the music was incredible (just when you thought you could stay tough, the music made you fall apart).
Many people have complained about the portrayal of the wolves, but if you watch the film, everything is explained at the end. Wolves are hunters, and when a bunch of meat just crash lands in the middle of your territory, it is like ringing the dinner bell. The ending scene makes everything clear. These guys were screwed. It is extremely believable. The only thing that I found unrealistic through the whole movie, was that Dermot Mulroney managed to keep his glasses on for so long.
For those looking for action scenes and violence, you’ve got it. The plane crash scene was enough. Let’s just say I will never be flying to Alaska, or flying to any place any time soon. The wolves were also intense. They were CGI during most parts, but not enough to where it was a distraction. They were still damn scary!
There is enough violence and terror to call this an action film, but enough emotional depth to simply call it a drama. Grown men were crying. No joke. Which means I was sobbing like an idiot.
And make sure to stay after the credits. There is a final scene. It is super short. Interpret it as you will, but it gave me closure. Definitely sparks conversation.
MY FINAL SAY: GO NOW!