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The Grey (2011)

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After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step.

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Joe Carnahan

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Joe Carnahan (screenplay), Ian Mackenzie Jeffers (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Neeson ... Ottway
Frank Grillo ... Diaz
Dermot Mulroney ... Talget
Dallas Roberts ... Henrick
Joe Anderson ... Flannery
Nonso Anozie ... Burke
James Badge Dale ... Lewenden
Ben Hernandez Bray ... Hernandez (as Ben Hernandez)
Anne Openshaw Anne Openshaw ... Ottway's Wife
Peter Girges Peter Girges ... Company Clerk
Jonathan Bitonti Jonathan Bitonti ... Ottway (5 years old) (as Jonathan James Bitonti)
James Bitonti James Bitonti ... Ottway's Father
Ella Kosor Ella Kosor ... Talget's Little Girl
Jacob Blair ... Cimoski
Lani Gelera ... Flight Attendant
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Storyline

In Alaska, a team of oil workers board a flight home; however, they cross a storm and the airplane crashes. Only seven workers survive in the wilderness and John Ottway, who is a huntsman that kills wolves to protect the workers, assumes leadership of the group. Shortly after they learn that they are surrounded by a pack of wolves and Ottway advises that they should seek protection in the woods. But while they walk through the heavy snow, they are chased and attacked by the carnivorous mammals. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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snow | survival | wolf | alcohol | howling | See All (95) »

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Live or Die on This Day


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Rated R for violence/disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un día para sobrevivir See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,665,101, 29 January 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$51,580,136

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,339,696
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The plane shown in the movie is a McDonnell Douglas MD-80. See more »

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Dead bodies lying on the ground are frozen. Even a day later, while they are in the snow with below freezing temperatures, the limbs remain flexible. See more »

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Ottway: A job at the end of the world. A salaried killer for a big petroleum company. I don't know why I did half the things I've done, but I know this is where I belong, surrounded by my own. Ex-cons, fugitives, drifters, assholes. Men unfit for mankind.
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Live and die on this day.
14 January 2017 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

"The Grey" is the kind of slick Hollywood product that dares you to suspend your disbelief a fair bit, but it does pay back to a degree. It's a riveting, if imperfect and overlong, survival thriller that falls back on that old cliché that wolves are somehow some of the most evil beasts in the animal kingdom. But it's positively chilling in one sense: you do actually get a feel for the elements, even if the characters aren't always quite dressed up that much. At least co-writer / director Joe Carnahan (adapting Ian Mackenzie Jeffers' short story "Ghost Walker") filmed this on some genuine wilderness locations and not some studio backlot.

Liam Neeson, as rock-solid as he's ever been, is a man named Ottway, whose job it is to keep the local beasts in line and protect the comrades working on an Alaskan oil rig. One fateful night, their plane crashes, and the handful of survivors are now at the mercy of Mother Nature. They're miles from anything resembling civilization. Their biggest problem? The ferocious wolf pack that goes out of its way to stalk the men and protect their territory.

Interestingly, Carnahan doesn't waste much time putting the guys in peril. The plane crash is fairly harrowing stuff. He instead waits for the second half of the movie to give us more character development / details. It's only then that we can really begin to invest in these characters and hope that some of them make it. Carnahan and his talented crew do fashion some believable tension, as well as some potent violence. The wolves are a combination of CGI, animatronics, and real animals.

The principally male cast is obliged to play people that may grate on the nerves at first, especially Frank Grillo as the argumentative Diaz, and Joe Anderson as the chatterbox Flannery. But they all do creditable work: Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Anderson, Nonso Anozie, James Badge Dale. Neeson anchors the tale with his effortless sense of authority and screen presence.

Those who stick it out through the end credits will see a VERY brief coda.

Seven out of 10.


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