Liam Neeson channels his inner badass in The Grey, a brutal and thrilling tale of survival in the cold, harsh landscape of Alaska. Taking what should be a very ridiculous premise, director Joe Carnahan infuses an unnerving amount dread and brutal suffering to make a film brimming with originality and stripped-down thrills, featuring Liam Neeson as his most badass self.

The film opens deep in Northern Alaska at an oil drilling site, where Liam Neeson plays Ottway, a man commissioned to protect the drilling workers, a group of rough ex-cons and outcasts with nothing to lose, working, living — and fighting — together on the frigid tundra. As the movie opens, Neeson provides us with some voiceover work to give the audience a basis for his character and how he ended up with a job “at the end of the world.” The voiceover doesn’t quite work, but it also doesn’t completely ruin the opening, thanks largely to the very effective camerawork employed by Carnahan to capture the environment surrounding Ottway.

On a plane ride from the drilling site to Anchorage amidst a storm, a spectacular crash abandons a small group of survivors, including Ottway, in the middle of the rough, harsh Alaskan wilderness. It is the intensity of this crash scene that sets the tone for the rest of the film, as the crash is truly visceral and intense, not merely visually, but in the terrific sound design of the scene. Ottway quickly demonstrates his knack for survival as he gathers a band of survivors. These include terrific character actors, mainly Durmot Mulroney (Zodiac), Frank Grillo (Minority Report), Nonzo Anozie (Atonement), Dallas Roberts (3:10 to Yuma), James Badge Dale (Shame), almost all of whom offer additional color and a unique perspective to the film.

Carnahan directs The Grey with a relentless ferocity, throwing every manner of nature-born villains at these survivors, from the harsh elements, to an angry pack of vicious wolves that haunt the group of survivors. There are times when some of these threats don’t feel all-too-real, but for the most part the lack of a true villain is an effective twist on the thriller-genre. Liam Neeson puts the film on his shoulders at times, as he is almost too-obviously suitable for such a role, offering his trademark Taken-fierceness to the proceedings.

Thanks in large part to the effective camerawork of Carnahan and cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi, none of this seems too over-the-top, and even when at times the situations don’t seem to be very realistic, it never takes the audience out of the movie. Neeson and the impressive supporting cast give great, reactionary performances that aptly portray the horrible predicament these characters find themselves in.

Despite an almost ridiculous plot, the entire cast and crew create for a very real and frightening portrayal of the harsh, unforgiving nature of survival. Often brutal and legitimately thrilling, The Grey is a shocking and impressive portrait of man’s most basic instinct: survival.

Grade: B

Rated: R (for violence/disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language.)

The Grey opens nationwide January 27th.

Fox has moved the third and final Maze Runner movie to 2018.

The cast and crew were only a few days into filming The Death Cure in March when Dylan O’Brien suffered serious injuries on set, prompting the production to be put on a break so he could recover. When his recovery ended up taking longer than expected, the production was put on an indefinite hold.

Now, a plan to resume the shoot seems to be in place. Fox announced Friday The Death Cure will be hitting theaters January 12, 2018, which is nearly a year later than the original February 2017 date. The last Maze Runner movie, The Scorch Trials, opened last September.

Production on The Maze Runner: The Death Cure likely won’t resume until late this year or early next. Dylan O’Brien has already committed to another movie which is expected to shoot this summer.

Getting the rest of the cast and crew back together to shoot The Maze Runner finale may be a bit of a challenge since they may’ve committed to other projects that were supposed to be shooting after they finished The Maze Runner. However, the new Death Cure release date suggests Fox has found a time that’ll work for everyone.

Tom Cavanagh will return to The Flash in season 3 as a series regular, though which character he’ll be playing remains to be seen.

Cavanagh has had a unique acting challenge on The Flash, playing a different version of his character in each of the first two seasons — and now it looks like he’ll be doing it for a third season in a row, as EW confirms that he will be a series regular in season 3.

In season 1, Cavanagh played Eobard Thawne, aka the Reverse Flash, in Harrison Wells’ body. Thawne, after traveling back in time, killed the original Wells and took his form to expedite the development of the particle accelerator so he could return to his own time. Thawne was written out of existence in the season 1 finale, though, leaving fans curious about who Cavanagh would be playing in season 2.

This past season, Cavanagh played the Earth-2 version of Harrison Wells, nicknamed Harry, who was a significantly different character from the man we thought was Wells in season 1. However, in the season 2 finale, Harry and his daughter, Jesse, returned to Earth-2.

The Flash season 2, episode 6 recap Wells

So, who does that leave for Cavanagh to play in the third season?

My guess would be the Earth-1 version of Harrison Wells, who we only briefly met in a flashback in season 1. Why the original Wells? Because in the final moments of the season 2 finale, Barry traveled back in time and stopped Thawne from killing his mother. This means the timeline in which Thawne killed Wells and took his form no longer exists, so Earth-1 Wells would be the version left alive.

Assuming he does play the original version of the character, the one who was killed and had his identity stolen, it will be interesting to see Cavanagh inhabit yet another version of the character. While we already met Wells briefly in the flashback to his death, that was a small sample size. I look forward to seeing him differentiate another Wells from those he’s already played for entire seasons.

Are you excited to see more Tom Cavanagh on ‘The Flash’?

‘Glee’ alum Mark Salling indicted on child pornography charges

The actor is facing a lot of jail time.

4:55 pm EDT, May 27, 2016

Following an arrest in December, Glee star Mark Salling (who played Puck on the Fox series) is now facing child pornography charges.

A federal grand jury has charged the 33-year-old actor with two counts of child pornography after a search of his home turned up “thousands” of images and videos involving children, TMZ reports. He will be arraigned in early June.

Salling’s charges potentially come with big sentences: 5 to 20 years in prison for receiving child porn, and another 20 years for possessing it.

After Glee went off air last year, Salling has worked on only one project: The action movie Adi Shankar’s Gods and Secrets which is slated to hit theaters later this year.

The actor has been in trouble with the law before — he was sued for sexual battery in 2013.