Sometimes the title of a movie tells you all you need to know about it.
The story starts as a police procedural familiar to viewers of TV cop shows. But it quickly enters the realm of a far-fetched caper flick. We discover along with the cop that the jumper on the ledge really wants to facilitate the high-tech theft of a multimillion-dollar diamond from a building across the street.
Sinister dealings from the past are revealed. There is action and excitement. But in the end, this is a 'B' movie with some entertainment value that would work well as an episode of "Law and Order."
Fighting for survival in
When the going gets tough, go get
In a true white-knuckle sequence, a small plane bearing oil-pipeline workers crashes in the Alaskan wilderness with few survivors. They turn out to be your standard, heavily-bearded crash victims: the angry guy, the sensitive guy, the quiet guy, the sickly guy, and the brawny, cool-in-a-crisis guy (Neeson).
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According to the filmmakers, there's nothing like imminent death to put one in the throes of an existential crisis. This is where "The Grey" takes a surprising detour as the men not only fight for survival, but also ponder the sum total of their lives.
"The Grey" is a pretty exciting adventure that won't insult your intelligence. And while these manly men may show a bit of sentiment, at least nobody turns into a cannibal or a vampire.
JOHN DEPKO is a retired senior investigator for the Orange County public defender's office. He lives in Costa Mesa and works as a licensed private investigator.