ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY The Grey★★★ 10.00pm-12.15am C4
Kevin Costner may have danced with wolves, but Liam Neeson shoots them in this chilly, sharp-toothed B-movie. Neeson’s over-50s action-hero renaissance has taken him from Taken to the recent Run All Night, and here he plays a grizzled hunter with issues, tasked with protecting oil company workers from grey wolves in Alaska. After a plane crash in the snowy wilderness, he leads the motley, bickering survivors back to civilisation; a running buffet for a salivating pack of lupines. Director Joe Carnahan (Narc, The A-Team) creates knife-edge tension and capitalises on the unyielding terrain of what is actually British Columbia. Neeson is as imposing and melancholy as usual, but which of the all-male supporting cast will get eaten first? Will it be Dermot Mulroney or James Badge Dale (World War Z), British actor Nonso Anozie (Ender’s Game) or Dallas Roberts? Place your bets, folks.
Forget the sniffy crits and bad box-office figures, this mega-budget yarn is a veritable entertainment extravaganza, as our American Civil War hero (played by Taylor Kitsch) is transplanted to a distant world ravaged by conflict.