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The Grey
(2012)
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Composed and Produced by:
Marc Streitenfeld

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Ben Foster
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Lakeshore Records
(February 14th, 2012)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you want to emulate the depressing journey of the film, the score alternately frightening you with truly creepy instrumental techniques for the wolves and urging you to kill yourself with its dreary dramatic sequences.

Avoid it... if you like to curl up into the fetal position and weep about how awful your life is, a sure sign that this movie and score will not cure your ills.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,430
WRITTEN 1/30/12
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The Grey: (Marc Streitenfeld) In the opening scenes of Joe Carnahan's 2012 thriller, The Grey, Liam Neeson's leading character nearly carries through with his suicide. Unfortunately for audiences, he changes his mind. Neeson plays a wolf hunter protecting a team of Alaska oil drillers, and despite his suicidal thoughts, he boards a plane to return from the fields with the workers. When that plane goes down in a blizzard, however, the survivors are harassed by a pack of wolves and, when they start losing members of their group because of inadequate shelter and methods of defense, the humans head off towards a tree line. Despite the leadership of Neeson's experienced hunter, the wolves kill survivors at a dissatisfactory rate, ultimately making a person wonder why this movie had to be made in the first place. Critics have applauded the production for its philosophical approach to the life and death situations, though it's not exactly the kind of viewing that would be recommended to anyone who is contemplating the premature end of their own life. Environmentalists weren't thrilled about the depiction of wolves as little more than homicidal executioners in the story, either. Approach The Grey with a morbid sense of humor at the very least, and if you crash in the wild like these characters do, stay with the wreckage of the goddamn plane! With Ridley Scott attached to the movie as a producer, it shouldn't be surprising that composer Marc Streitenfeld was hired to provide a minimal underscore for the film. Streitenfeld rose through the ranks of the Hans Zimmer music production machine and eventually became a regular collaborator with Scott on his own directorial projects. While his work for Robin Hood in 2010 did elevate his name to mainstream status, Streitenfeld has not availed himself of the opportunity to spread his wings and truly take off in his composing career thereafter, and The Grey certainly isn't going to help his cause to a substantial degree, either. This is the type of film that really doesn't require an underscore for most of its length, the sounds of nature and human desperation seemingly better accompanied by the eerie loneliness of silence. It's surprising that the score for The Grey was not limited to the scenes up to the plane crash and the final confrontation, though it should be noted that the music is only barely audible in much of the middle portion of the film anyway. Had it been intentionally restrained altogether to the start and finish, though, its impact probably would have been far greater.



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Average: 2.73 Stars
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chris lacey - March 19, 2012, at 2:35 a.m.
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Wow!
Cynthia - February 15, 2012, at 10:00 a.m.
1 comment  (1028 views)
Alternative review at movie-wave.net
Southall - February 6, 2012, at 1:13 p.m.
1 comment  (1012 views)
Thanks for stating the obvious
Happy - February 1, 2012, at 7:47 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 35:09
• 1. Writing the Letter (2:00)
• 2. Suicide (1:44)
• 3. You Are Gonna Die (3:14)
• 4. Walking (1:45)
• 5. Eyes Glowing (1:25)
• 6. The Morning After (2:57)
• 7. Collecting Wallets (1:53)
• 8. Wife Memory (1:08)
• 9. Life and Death (2:52)
• 10. Lagging Behind (1:53)
• 11. Running From Wolves (1:46)
• 12. Daughter Appears (2:13)
• 13. Last Walk (2:33)
• 14. Memorial (3:41)
• 15. Alpha (2:16)
• 16. Into the Fray (1:49)

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