Cast: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, and Dallas Roberts
Director: Joe Carnahan
Writers: Joe Carnahan, Ian Mackenzie Jeffers
Runtime: One hour and 57 Minutes (117 Minutes)
MPAA Rating: Rated R for violence/disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language.
Genre: Action, Adventure, and Drama
Release Date: January 27th, 2012
By: John M Delia Jr.
Out in the northern part of Alaska, defending the oil drillers from wolves is his profession. Watching and making sure the workers are safe is what can be tough on a man that has a hidden past. This story brings you into the mind of a trained marksmen and the will to live. After months working on the oil lines, the men of the Alaskan pipe lines are ready to head home for some well deserve rest and relaxation. Little do they know that they are heading into an adventure that might just cost them their lives.
John Ottway (Liam Neeson), is the man that is expected to watch over everyone and protect them from possible attacks. Suicidal and depressed, Ottway must keep focused or men will die. Liam Neeson plays this type of part well, from his past films such as “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” and “Taken”, he takes this role and runs with it. As for Peter Hendrick (Dallas Roberts), John Diaz (Frank Gillo), and Buck Talget (Dermot Mulroney), they are oil drillers that are depending on Ottway to keep them safe. Hendrick and Mulroney have full faith in Ottway’s abilities, but Diaz is a little skeptical and sometimes rebellious during times of ultimate danger. All three actors do their parts well, which in turn saves the film from ultimate disaster. With much of the storyline predictable, the acting is important to keep the audience intrigued.
This film had mixed emotions from the audience, some liked it and some didn’t. Funny thing is, I was right in the middle. I liked portions of the movie, and hated others. But all in all it was still an entertaining story that kept me interested. I especially like the effects they used to show the plane crash. It looked real and believable. When the plane began to go down from the freezing temperatures that caused the wings to freeze up, you could see how the temperatures rose in the plane and the wings just iced over. Also as the plane tore apart, you could see how scary it could be if your side opens up and you are hanging in your seat. Lastly, the effect after they were on the ground was done well, and gave you the feeling of realism. Make sure you watch through the credits; there is a scene that gives you a glimpse of what happens.
Final Grade: I give this a C