"The Grey," a dark survival thriller starring Liam Neeson, is the next featured film at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House. It will be screened on Saturday, at 8 p.m. and Tuesday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Opera House Cinema Series.
In "The Grey," Neeson plays an unlikely hero who is forced to lead a group of roughneck guys in their fight to survive and return home when their plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Battling injuries and merciless weather, the men must escape the icy elements and a vicious pack of wolves before their time runs out. Directed by Joe Carnahan and starring Neeson, Frank Grillo and Dermot Mulroney, the film is based on the short story "Ghost Story," by Ian MacKenzie Jeffers.
Joy Tipping, in the Dallas Morning News, calls the film "a relentlessly intense survival tale." John Anderson, in the Wall Street Journal, calls it "an adventure film but one with a spiritual ingredient that is both surprising and fiercely resonant."
A.O. Scott, in the New York Times, calls it "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."
Peter Travers, in Rolling Stone, says "hold on tight. It's a true call of the wild."
Rated R for violence/disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language, "The Grey" runs 117 minutes.
Tickets to the Opera House Cinema Series are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891. The Series continues with the Paul Rudd-Jennifer Aniston comedy, "Wanderlust," on May 12 & 15; and the documentary "The Silence Before Bach" on June 2.
Chautauqua County's only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.