Monday, January 30, 2012

Tractor Tire Award of the Week - The Grey



Have you ever watched a trailer and had that one scene, that one shot that made you go "Wow, that was cool!"? Or maybe there was something you saw that stuck with you, something that for some reason was in the back of your head and despite how insignificant it was you were waiting for it to show up in the final cut of the film. But when you watched the movie that scene was nowhere to be found or has been altered in a significant way. Well, that is what the Tractor Tire Award of the Week is all about. We try to track down those scenes that didn't make it into the final version of the film and make sense of them. Where in the film was it supposed to be? Why might it have been cut? Why has it been changed? We may not always have the answers for you but at least you will have your piece of mind and know that you aren't crazy. So, this weeks award goes to The Grey!

Cut Scene #1-A
Liam Neeson DOES NOT punch wolves.


Cut Scene #1-B
We actually see more in the trailer than in the movie.


THIS WILL RUIN THE END OF THE FILM, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. 

So, what we have here is a clear cut case of either the filmmakers or the studio distributing the film trying to mislead the audience in the worst possible way. In the trailer we are made to believe that at some point Liam Neeson will face off against the wolves in what appears to be a battle to the death. Now that does still happen but not as depicted in this trailer. In the finished film we see Neeson strap on some broken bottles and a knife as he stares down the wolf. Then we get an extreme close-up of the actor just before he lunges towards the camera and we cut to black, roll credits. What we see in the actual trailer is a few moments directly after that lunge as both Neeson and the wolf charge at one another. While this doesn't really tell us anymore than we already knew from the final cut, it does beg the question of whether or not that showdown was actually filmed. I am fine with how the film ended, we didn't need to see the wolf tear Neeson apart but considering how the trailer built up the idea that I was gonna see Liam Neeson beat the shit out of some wolves makes this entire section of the trailer both frustrating and insulting with its insinuations. Not very often do cut scenes from the trailer upset me but this is one of those rare occasions were I feel genuinely offended by the fact that not only did they show us the end of the film but they also led us to believe there was going to be more to it.

The Grey trailer:

Cut scene at 2:08




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