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The Grey

27grey_span-thumbstandard-v2 After narrowly surviving a deadly plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, a band of oil riggers must fend for their lives in the ice and snow. But thanks to wolves that view their presence as a threat, they aren't alone.
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Liam Neeson leads a group of men stranded in Alaska after a plane crash in Joe Carnahan’s film “The Grey," a lean, stripped-down tale of survival in brutal circumstances. Read the review
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The Grey is about raging against the dying of the light but also about accepting it with peace once the fight has been lost.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  full review
 
Three-fifths of a solid film!
Laremy Legel, Film.com  full review
 
Somewhere along the line, apparently, it was decided that having men fight for their lives is not enough to hang a movie on. It has to be a movie about Big Ideas.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger  full review
 
Hold on tight. It's a true call of the wild.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone  full review
 
"The Grey" may appeal to those who like entrails, tough talk and bad endings. All others beware.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
 
The film's conflicting tones never quite mesh, but some fine acting and powerful moments make "The Grey" watchable, if not entirely compelling.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday  full review
 
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.
Kyle Smith, New York Post  full review
 
The film sustains some suspense and brooding atmosphere for its first half, but eventually the cliches of character and dialogue drag it struggling to ground.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail  full review
 
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.
Claudia Puig, USA Today  full review
 
A handsome but gabby take on the standard survivalist thriller that's more concerned with lofty metaphysics than which poor blockhead is about to bite it next.
Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
This gritty, relentlessly intense survival tale easily gets dibs on "feel-cold" movie of the year.
Joy Tipping, Dallas Morning News  full review
 
For all its macho standoffs and action set pieces and menacing off-screen howling, The Grey is at heart a simple moral fable about how true heroism consists in helping other human beings to live as long and die as well as they can.
Dana Stevens, Slate  full review
 
Certainly an adventure film but one with a spiritual ingredient that is both surprising and fiercely resonant.
John Anderson, Wall Street Journal  full review
 
As stripped of colour as its title, apart from the red of flowing blood and burning eyes, The Grey urges contemplation on man as the human animal, one suddenly cast into the wilderness where real beasts dwell.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star  full review
 
It's a fine, tough little movie, technically assured and brutally efficient, with a simple story that ventures into some profound existential territory without making a big fuss about it.
A.O. Scott, New York Times  full review
 
The Grey has a certain muscular pull: It's a tough-as-nails study of hardened men struggling with the ostensibly conflicting pulls of stoic masculinity on one hand and love, faith and fear of death on the other.
 
Devolves into a predictable man-against-nature, and man-against-fellow man, affair.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
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  • Release Year: 2012
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 117 min
  • Available From: Sep 12, 2012
  • Queued by: 5007 people
Directed By
Joe Carnahan
Cast
Liam Neeson, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Joe Anderson, Nonso Anozie, James Badge Dale, Ben Bray, Anne Openshaw
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