Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Red Band Trailer for 'The Grey'

I'm still surprised how effective this footage is. First teaser and poster made this look clunky and by-the-numbers at best. Now, it's looking like something to catch.

Yes, the wolves are kind of a distraction. In wide shots they look drawn, very CGI, and in close shots it's clear they're mechanical. But -- maybe they just represent the 'notion' of wolves. Maybe, they're not supposed to look real and nobody in the production -- not actors, the studio, director, nobody -- cared what the wolves looked like.

Cartoony wolves aside, this is tight, and does a good job of conveying the character's struggles with the cold, hunger, etc. As an exploration of 'man against nature' it works.


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