The Grey (2012)



Critic Consensus: The Grey is an exciting tale of survival, populated with fleshed-out characters and a surprising philosophical agenda.

Movie Info

In The Grey, Liam Neeson leads an unruly group of oil-rig roughnecks when their plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Battling mortal injuries and merciless weather, the survivors have only a few days to escape the icy elements - and a vicious pack of rogue wolves on the hunt - before their time runs out. -- (C) Open Road Films

Rating: R (for violence/disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Ian Mackenzie Jeffers, Joe Carnahan
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 15, 2012
Box Office: $51.5M
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as Hernandez

as Lewenden

as Ottway's Wife

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as Ottway's Father

as Talget's Little Girl

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Critic Reviews for The Grey

All Critics (190) | Top Critics (41)

The Grey remains a genuinely gripping survival story and a refreshing change from stale urban action flicks.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Top Critic

This movie is awesome.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

"The Grey" is a film that reminds us how fortunate we are to be sitting in a theater or at home on the couch and not suffering frostbite, hypoxia and being in the dastardly predicament of having giant wolf fangs ripping our innards inside out.

Full Review… | September 25, 2013

In the case of The Grey, less would have decidedly been more.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

It's 'Man vs Wild Wolf' in this suspenseful Alaskan survival film.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Concrete Playground

The Grey is an exciting, if uneven, paean to the macho ideal.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Paste Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Grey


One of the most audacious examples of false marketing ever. There are very few wolf attacks, there is very little Liam Neeson kicking ass. It's mostly existentialist drama of men trying to make it through the wild in one piece while failing in supposedly realistic and unspectacular ways. And when you think the film finally starts to deliver what you came to see it simply fades to black. Boo!

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

A wickedly pulse-pounding and wild ride from start to finish. An instant classic. A fresh, furious and tremendously original piece of action film. An adrenaline-charged action-packed edge of your seat thriller that will knock you out. A powerful and outstanding film. It`s gritty, authentic and feels really real with its characters and atmosphere. This movie kicks all sorts of ass and keeps your heart-pounding. A bone-chilling and exhilarating thrill-machine that never lets up. It`s loaded with non-stop action and searing suspense. The action is fresh and shocking and the character development is superb. An incredible, surprisingly moving and unforgettable movie. Director, Joe Carnahan crafts a rich, stylish, thrilling and brilliant new breed of adventure and his best film since Narc. Liam Neeson gives a raw, intense and electrifying performance. Neeson never ceases to amaze with his acting and shows he will never back down from a challenge. Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts and Frank Grillo give strong and great performances. An action film that can not be stopped and is packed with power. A totally intense and mind-blowing survival thriller that's smart, sharp, action-packed and truly compelling.

Al S

Super Reviewer

In this wilderness adventure that pits man versus nature, hunter Liam Neeson becomes the hunted as he leads a handful of plane crash survivors through the most adverse of conditions while being stalked by a pack of wolves. To be honest, I found the premise to this film to be about as promising as such films starring Troy McClure, but Joe Carnahan at the helm and Neeson's towering presence convinced me to give it a try. Thankfully, The Grey is far from the usual macho chest beating that you see in a lot of wilderness adventures, the director instead showing how man stripped of his technology is little more than one of the beasts he finds himself hunted by. Neeson once again revels in the part of a rough and tough pragmatist and it's nice to hear his native accent again, and although the supporting cast are very much playing second fiddle to the charismatic lead, they all acquit themselves well. But it is their hostile environment that is the true star of the show, with some spectacular scenery combined with nature at its most brutal. Some very atmospheric photography and excellent sound design puts you deep in the ravages of the Alaskan wilderness and despite the predictability of the plot it makes for a tense, involving thriller that ends in the perfect way.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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