Friday, January 27, 2012

Wildlife Biologist's Preview of The Grey: 'Oh, No!'

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 9:45 AM

At least one regional biologist won't be anxious to buy a ticket to The Grey, a new thriller starring Liam Neeson and opening on thousands of movie screens beginning today.

The drama tells the fictional story of men vs. wolves when a plane crashes in the Alaska wilderness.

"My first reaction was, 'Oh, no!'" Gary Wiles of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife told the Spokesman Review. "It looks totally like a Hollywood-contrived movie: something to strike at people's basic fears."

According to today's Spokesman Review, only two human deaths from wolves have been documented in the past 60 years despite the presence of 60,000 wolves in North America.

"I always say show me the evidence that people are being attacked," said Wiles.

The Grey is expected to do pretty-good business at the box office. Additionally, the reviews are pretty good. This morning's New York Times called The Grey "as blunt and effective - and also, at times, as lyrical - as a tale by Jack London or Ernest Hemingway. It's a fine, tough little movie, technically assured and brutally efficient, with a simple story that ventures into some profound existential territory without making a big fuss about it."

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