The survival story with a misleading trailer can be forgiven for holding up

There’s a fine line between masking a film’s true intentions in marketing and actually misleading it, as with Joe Carnahan The gray fall egregiously into the latter camp.

Shortly after Liam Neeson established himself as cinema’s most unlikely new action superstar, virtually every trailer, promo, and TV spot has ended with the grey-haired badass confronting a wolf with broken glass stuck to his hands. That image alone was more than enough to draw audiences to the theater and to say many were deeply disappointed would be an understatement.

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Exactly when it seems so The gray is ready to deliver the man versus nature showdown we’ve all been waiting for… the credits are rolling. Sure, there’s a brief sequence implying that Neeson emerged victorious again, but that wasn’t enough for some people. However, based on the reaction to a Reddit thread, a sin this big can be forgiven because the film is still holding up.

to be fair The gray is an excellent survival thriller with one of Neeson’s most underrated performances, and it offers plenty of rich subtext about faith, loss, grief and whether life is even worth fighting for, not to mention a few standout ones Sequences that don’t It’s not about an elderly gentleman punching a wolf in the face.

Borderline gloomy, nihilistic and surprisingly philosophical, that’s almost ironic The grayThe biggest single flaw of was the fact that it relied so heavily on something it never intended to deliver to attract a crowd. The survival story with a misleading trailer can be forgiven for holding up

Lindsay Lowe

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