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Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List, Taken) stars as the unlikely hero Ottway in this undeniably suspenseful and powerful survival adventure. After their plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness, a roughneck group of oil drillers is forced to find a way back to civilization. As Ottway leads the injured survivors through the brutal snow and ice, they are relentlessly tracked by a vicious pack of rogue wolves that will do anything to defend their territory. Adrenaline-fueled, action-packed and loaded with some of the most intense and brutally realistic attack scenes ever filmed, The Grey is being hailed as “a thriller you can sink your teeth into!” (The Washington Post)
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 189
- Fresh: 149
- Rotten: 40
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Hold on tight. It's a true call of the wild.
Rotten: What starts as a tense and moody survival thriller fairly quickly becomes tedious, forced and far-fetched as a septet of men is preyed upon by a wolf pack in the Alaska wilderness.
Fresh: The Grey remains a genuinely gripping survival story and a refreshing change from stale urban action flicks.
Fresh: It may be too conventional for the art-house crowd, yet too arty for the megaplex. I prefer to call it an unusually reflective blood-and-guts saga.
AN EPIC TALE OF SURVIVAL THAT DOESN'T LET UP!
"The Grey" is a jaw-droppingly intense thrill ride that takes you by the grip and doesn't let you go till well after the end credits have stopped rolling. The plot is simple enough. Liam Neeson's character Ottway leads an unruly group of oil-rig roughnecks when their plane crashes into the remote Arctic 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. It's a captivating, albeit formulaic premise, but it's told in such a viscerally powerful and emotionally stirring way, it's impossible not to feel for the characters and their plight. The way the men interact with one another greatly strengthens the movie's dramatic, somber tone. Although they're forced to stick together in order to survive, that quickly proves to be a challenge as tempers flare, fights ensue and true personas are revealed. At the same time, the group continues to lose members, one by one, as they unexpectedly fall victim to the wilderness's many predators. In particular, there are some very graphic scenes in which a few survivors from the plane crash are brutally and realistically attacked by the bloodthirsty pack of wolves aforementioned. In my opinion, they're some of the most shocking, no-holds-barred carnage sequences I've ever seen on screen. But it's not just the extraordinary storytelling, engaging characters and disturbingly gruesome attack scenes that make "The Grey" a truly one-of-a-kind action-drama. The harrowing score by Marc Streitenfeld makes the movie feel all the more cutthroat and unpredictable, and the cinematography is as piercingly beautiful as it is visually wrenching. If I had to point out one slight issue I had with the film, it would only be that the story strangely brings up a surprising philosophical agenda from practically out of nowhere. Although the theological discussion happens to be a refreshing turn of events, it serves little to the movie as a whole and just leaves the viewer wondering why the director decided to add it in to begin with. But overall, this is a fantastic, heart-pounding adventure from beginning to end. With its gripping performances, breathtaking visuals and a consistently intense plot, "The Grey" blew all my expectations out of the water and instantly became one of my favorite movies of the year so far. If you wanna watch a brutal, epic thriller that capitalizes on its gritty realism and exciting action sequences, this film is definitely worth seeing.
Every once and a while, you run across a beautifully shot, well directed and well acted film that simply doesn't go anywhere because of the screenplay. "The Grey" was entertaining for about the first 90% of the film, but there is a continuing expectation that the central conflict will be resolved. I didn't see this happen with any of the personal or central conflicts. Which is sad in and of itself given the effort that went into producing and filming this picture.
Definitely NOT A Feel-Good Movie
This was actually a lot better than what I expected. I thought it would be about Liam Neeson fighting wolves throughout, but it's not like that. I like survival movies (Frozen, Buried, etc.), but The Grey is definitely one of my favorites. I wanted to cry about five times in this movie, so don't watch this is if you don't want to feel bad. This is also an extremely powerful movie, because you get attached to the characters and it makes you wanna cheer when they overcome something. There are some bloody scenes, but they're not too bad, but they're still not for people who squirm in their seats a lot. And it did have me on the edge of my seat throughout, so it's definitely worth watching.