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 a 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)