Friday Flicks: Is Liam Neeson Hollywood’s Most Bankable Action Hero?

Grab some popcorn! NewsFeed's Glen Levy brings you the movies you should check out (or avoid) this weekend.

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The Grey

Tagline: Live Or Die On This Day.

It seems Liam Neeson is fast becoming the most reliable action hero for studios and audiences to turn to in these uncertain times. Seemingly out of nowhere – and certainly out of character – he’s lately cropped up in the likes of Taken and Unknown, bashing heads together and getting fans to flock to movie theaters. No wonder then that director Joe Carnahan (last seen being responsible for sending Neeson and tanks out of helicopters in The A-Team reboot) turned to Neeson once again to front The Grey. Don’t you love it when a plan comes together?

Neeson plays Ottway, who leads an unruly group of oil-rig roughnecks after their plane crashes in the Alaskan wilderness. They battle the elements, including unforgiving weather, their own injuries and, of course, a pack of rogue wolves.

Reviewers seem to be on board with Neeson’s new direction. “Sharp, surly and mean as hell, he’s as close as we’ll get to a modern John Wayne,” raves Time Out London. “Moment to moment, the film is gripping and beautiful to behold,” notes their counterparts at Time Out‘s offices in New York. And it’s “thoroughly persuasive in its depiction of desperate men battling unforgiving elements,” sums up Variety.

MORE: TIME’s full review of The Grey

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