LIVE OR DIE ON THIS DAY.
Wolf hunter John Ottway (Liam Neeson) and a group of oil workers are flying out of Alaska when their plane crashes in a blizzard; the survivors face hunger, thirst, bitter cold… and wolves. An action-thriller that pits tough-as-nails (but suicidal) Neeson and a bunch of half-criminals against the elements. Illogical at times, and hardly believable in its portrayal of wolves, but if you’re willing to suspend disbelief you’re in for an exciting experience that shows death as a unavoidable companion in grim and even touching ways. Neeson’s suffering is convincing and the movie also benefits from a horribly realistic plane crash and a truly chilling view of Alaskan wilderness.
2012-U.S. 117 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Joe Carnahan, Jules Daly, Mickey Liddell, Ridley Scott. Directed by Joe Carnahan. Screenplay: Joe Carnahan, Ian Mackenzie Jeffers. Short Story: Ian Mackenzie Jeffers (“Ghost Walker”). Cast: Liam Neeson (John Ottway), Frank Grillo (John Diaz), Dermot Mulroney (Jerome Talget), Dallas Roberts, Joe Anderson, James Badge Dale.
Trivia: Bradley Cooper and Michael Biehn were allegedly considered for roles.
Last word: “The MacGuffin in this movie is life. [Laughs.] Are you going to live? It’s very straightforward. I thought that without the ability to invest in these guys emotionally, you wouldn’t have much to hang it on. You’d just have a series of ciphers, you know? Like, here’s the macho guy, here’s the naïve guy, and here’s the sensitive guy. There’s an inevitability with movies like this – you know what road it’s going down, I think. It starts bad for them and it never looks like it’s going to end well. But I just thought we needed that diversity of character and interpersonal stuff to weight out the story itself.” (Carnahan, Complex)