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The Grey

"Live or die on this day."

R 2012-01-26 Drama 1hr 57m

Following a grueling five-week shift at an Alaskan oil refinery, workers led by sharpshooter John Ottway are flying home for a much-needed vacation. But a brutal storm causes their plane to crash in the frozen wilderness, and only eight men, including Ottway, survive. As they trek southward toward civilization and safety, Ottway and his companions must battle mortal injuries, the icy elements, and a pack of hungry wolves.

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Following a grueling five-week shift at an Alaskan oil refinery, workers led by sharpshooter John Ottway are flying home for a much-needed vacation. But a brutal storm causes their plane to crash in the frozen wilderness, and only eight men, including Ottway, survive. As they trek southward toward civilization and safety, Ottway and his companions must battle mortal injuries, the icy elements, and a pack of hungry wolves.

  • Released
    2012-01-26
  • Revenue
    $77,278,331
  • Budget
    $25,000,000
  • Runtime
    1hr 57m
  • Genre
    Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English
  • imdb-logo
    6.7
  • Production
    Open Road Films, Scott Free Productions, 1984 Private Defense Contractors, Inferno Distribution, Chambara Pictures, LD Entertainment

Crew

Joe Carnahan
Director
Joe Carnahan
Screenplay
Ridley Scott
Producer

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Cast

Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson

John Ottway
Dermot Mulroney

Dermot Mulroney

Jerome Talget
Frank Grillo

Frank Grillo

John Diaz
Dallas Roberts

Dallas Roberts

Pete Henrick
Nonso Anozie

Nonso Anozie

Jackson Burke
James Badge Dale

James Badge Dale

Luke Lewenden
Anne Openshaw

Anne Openshaw

Ana Ottway
Jonathan James Bitonti

Jonathan James Bitonti

John Ottway (5 Years Old)
Ben Hernandez Bray

Ben Hernandez Bray

Dwayne Hernandez
Peter Girges

Peter Girges

Company Clerk
James Bitonti

James Bitonti

Ottway's Father
Ella Kosor

Ella Kosor

Talget's Little Girl
Jacob Blair

Jacob Blair

Simon Cimoski
Lani Gelera

Lani Gelera

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Larissa Stadnichuk

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Joe Anderson

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Todd Flannery

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A Review by Dark Jedi 4

Written by Dark Jedi on 2018-06-30

I am amazed by how many people on IMDb that have given this movie 8, 9 and even 10 stars. It’s perhaps not the worst movie I’ve seen but it ... read more

I am amazed by how many people on IMDb that have given this movie 8, 9 and even 10 stars. It’s perhaps not the worst movie I’ve seen but it is in no way worth that kind of rating. The good part of the movie is Liam Neeson who makes an enjoyable performance with the script that he was given. He is pretty much the reason that I gave it as much as 4 IMDb stars. The rest of the film is just plain wrong. My first impression is, god this director likes film grain! Now this is a matter of taste of course but I don’t like when movies have artificially been made to look like they were filmed on old and crappy film. It has its places but it didn’t add anything here. The film starts off with a plane crash which is not done very good. Neither in terms of special effects nor in terms of realism. The lack of realism, unfortunately, continues throughout the movie. The behavior of the wolves is utterly unnatural and unrealistic. I can live with this if it’s a horror movie or some other fantasy movie but this is not supposed to be that. The actual footage of the wolves is rather mediocre as well. Then there is this so called experienced hunter and “wolf expert”. Leaving the crash site is a dubious decision to say the least. Then we got the jumping of cliffs with a flimsy home made rope instead of just walking a bit further to get down not to mention making ammunition go off by poking wooden sticks at it, what the f…? In addition the guy knows nothing about wolves, or any other wild animal for that matter. Just to add to this not so enjoyable experience, the film has an utterly lousy ending.

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A Review by Ruuz 7

Written by Ruuz on 2019-01-20

I can't believe it took me so long to get around to watching _The Grey_. What a ride. Don't know that it's realistic but damn it was good... read more

I can't believe it took me so long to get around to watching _The Grey_. What a ride. Don't know that it's realistic but damn it was good. Put me in that wolf pack. Would I be instantly dismembered? Sure, but you get that on the big jobs. _Final rating:★★★½ - I really liked it. Would strongly recommend you give it your time._

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A Review by Wuchak 7

Written by Wuchak on 2022-03-11

**_Go out fighting (and believing)_** Liam Neeson stars as the quasi-leader of seven misfit Alaskan oil workers who survive a plane crash... read more

**_Go out fighting (and believing)_** Liam Neeson stars as the quasi-leader of seven misfit Alaskan oil workers who survive a plane crash in the wilderness. As if this isn't bad enough, a pack of territorial wolves want to take them out. Will they survive? Released in January 2012, "The Grey" is a somber survival flick filled with primal reflections on death and faith. The trailer is misleading in that it advertises the movie as an action film, but that's not the case at all. Although there is some action, this is a grave, dreary adventure with raw meditations about the will to live or die and more -- God. It's not as good as 1997's "The Edge," "Flight of the Phoenix" or "Sands of the Kalahari," the latter two from 1965, mainly because it's so funereal and seemingly empty, but it's unique and worthwhile. Some complain that the story's unbelievable, like the wolves and the jump from the cliff, but movies (or certain things in them) aren't always meant to be taken literally and aren't supposed to be realistic as filmmakers are more concerned with aesthetics, psychology, metaphors and conveying ideas; and that's the case with "The Grey." The survival story is merely a stage. Which brings us to another common complaint, that the film's ultimately pointless, which simply isn't the case. Now you may not like the story or the points that it conveys, but it's not pointless. See my interpretation below, if interested. The film runs 1 hour, 57 minutes, and was shot in Smithers, British Columbia. GRADE: B **MY INTERPRETATION** (Read only if you've seen the film)**:** Ottway (Neeson) is in a horrible state of grief after the passing of his beloved wife as he protects oil workers by shooting wolves that get too close to the camp. Depressed, he decides to commit suicide but before he can pull the trigger a wolf howling in the distance strangely prevents him. I believe the howling wolf was the Creator's way of speaking to Ottway and giving him a chance to go out fighting; and not just that, go out _believing_ as well, even if it's belief in its rawest form. The next day Ottway finds himself surviving a plane crash in the wilderness with six other men. In contrast to his near-suicide attempt, his survival instincts kick-in and he finds himself doing everything he can to survive, for himself and the others. Do you see the irony? The night before he desperately wanted to die and a mere day later he's doing everything in his power to live and save others. The topic of God and faith comes up at a campfire. A couple of the guys believe, but Diaz naturally mocks such things. Ottway says he doesn't believe either, but wishes he could. Later in the story, Ottway finds himself the sole survivor and at the end of his rope. Cursing, he passionately cries out to the Almighty for succor, but the heavens remain mysteriously silent. Regardless, he musters the strength to (try to) carry on. Shortly later, while reflecting on the men and their loved ones who died, he seems to clasp his hands in prayer and the Alpha wolf appears and challenges him. Unlike a few days ago when he was going to kill himself, he goes out fighting and, even more important, believing. For those who argue that Ottway didn't believe, remember that he was praying when he was crying out to God. Yes, it was a prayer of desperation and rage, but prayer nevertheless. Job did the same thing in the bible. The utterly humbling situation drove Ottway to his Creator and compelled him to go out fighting. It was God's gift. The Almighty knew Ottway better than Ottway knew himself.

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A Review by FilipeManuelNeto 6

Written by FilipeManuelNeto on 2023-12-12

**An unoriginal, occasionally predictable film, but one that stands out for its effectiveness and for its commitment to solutions that are c... read more

**An unoriginal, occasionally predictable film, but one that stands out for its effectiveness and for its commitment to solutions that are convincing or, at least, functional.** This weekend was definitely dedicated to Alaska here at home. With this film, I saw two whose action takes place in this frigid North American state. However, the best was undoubtedly this one: not only does it have a very convincing story, it also features Liam Neeson in an extraordinary dramatic performance. Directed by Joe Carnahan, the film is an effective survival thriller, taking into account all the qualities it presents to us and the enormous amount of rubbish that abounds in this cinematic sub-genre. It's not original, we know how difficult this is today. However, it is effective, and that is already something significant. The script starts well, introducing us to a series of characters that are not very recommendable and not worthy of sympathy, very similar to mercenaries, and introduces the danger in a convincing way through a plane crash, which only a handful of people survive. lucky people who soon become aware of the neighborhood of a pack of ferocious wolves. In addition to providing us with a very well modeled tension and a sense of danger that makes us pay our full attention to what we are seeing, the film features Liam Neeson in yet another truly solid and committed effort. The actor is one of the safest for the roles of tough guys and anti-heroes, he has done this many times and has a track record that is enviable for any actor, so expectations were high, and he knew how to rise to the challenge. Unfortunately, I felt that the rest of the cast is not at all capable of keeping up with him, and I think it goes without saying that several character deaths are so idiotic that they become unbelievable. The film has good production values and relies heavily on good filming and snowy landscapes, which seems to be common for films set in Alaska. It is not irrelevant to say that filming largely took place in real locations and not inside studios, and that the cast and crew really experienced the intense cold that the film leaves us feeling. Good sets and good effects make up a visually beautiful and generally well-executed film.

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A Review by Per Gunnar Jonsson

I am amazed by how many people on IMDb that have given this movie 8, 9 and even 10 stars. It’s perhaps not the worst movie I’ve seen but it is in no way worth that kind of rating. The good part of the movie is Liam Neeson who makes an en...

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A Review by Dark Jedi 4

Written by Dark Jedi on 2018-06-30

I am amazed by how many people on IMDb that have given this movie 8, 9 and even 10 stars. It’s perhaps not the worst movie I’ve seen but it is in no way worth that kind of rating. The good part of ...

read more
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A Review by Ruuz 7

Written by Ruuz on 2019-01-20

I can't believe it took me so long to get around to watching _The Grey_. What a ride. Don't know that it's realistic but damn it was good. Put me in that wolf pack. Would I be instantly dismembered...

read more
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A Review by Wuchak 7

Written by Wuchak on 2022-03-11

**_Go out fighting (and believing)_** Liam Neeson stars as the quasi-leader of seven misfit Alaskan oil workers who survive a plane crash in the wilderness. As if this isn't bad enough, a pack of t...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by FilipeManuelNeto 6

Written by FilipeManuelNeto on 2023-12-12

**An unoriginal, occasionally predictable film, but one that stands out for its effectiveness and for its commitment to solutions that are convincing or, at least, functional.** This weekend was de...

read more