This week at the movies, it's men stranded in the snow, a man stranded on a ledge, and a woman who has left her career stranded. We'll get to that, but first, it's a long and dangerous journey in "The Grey."
Liam Neeson and a group of roughnecks are stranded in the Alaskan wilderness after their plane crashes. All they have is their determination to get them through blinding blizzards, the perilous terrain and wolves who want to eat them.
The Reel Deal: It's not exactly black and white. "The Grey" is a drama/horror story of a survival and as chilling as the frozen Alaskan wilderness. I'm in. And be sure and stick around until after the credits - only if you want to know how it ends, sort of.
Next up, with one of the most literal movie titles of the year, a man is prepared to jump to his death in "Man on a Ledge."
Sam Worthington is a disgraced cop who escapes prison only to step out on the ledge of a New York high-rise. Is he really suicidal or is this part of an elaborate plan to prove his innocence? Also starring are Elizabeth Banks and Ed Harris.
The Reel Deal: A tall tale of a heist movie and a towering misfire. If you buy a ticket to "Man on a Ledge," you'll be the one taking the leap. I'm out.
In an equally implausible scenario, Katherine Heigl is going after criminals in "One for the Money."
Based on the best-selling books, Heigl is a down-on-her-luck Jersey girl turned recovery agent for her cousin's bail bond company. Armed with only an attitude and pepper spray, she endures a comedy of errors as she tries to catch the company's biggest bail jumper.
The Reel Deal: Seriously, I think I'd rather take a shot of pepper spray than have to sit through this movie. And as luck would have it, there were no critics screenings, so everybody wins. I'm out.
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