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The Grey [Blu-ray] [2011] [US Import]

Liam Neeson , Dermot Mulroney , Joe Carnahan    Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Dallas Roberts, Joe Anderson
  • Directors: Joe Carnahan
  • Writers: Joe Carnahan, Ian Mackenzie Jeffers
  • Producers: Adi Shankar, Bill Johnson, Douglas Saylor Jr., Jennifer Monroe, Jim Seibel
  • Format: Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 15 May 2012
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005LAIIS0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,577 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The plane crashes (boy, does it crash) in the remote Alaskan nowhere, and the rough-and-tumble oil wildcatters who survive must fight their way to safety. That in itself might be enough from which The Grey could fashion a suspenseful thrill-ride, but the movie has one more ace up its sleeve. Wolves! A pack of them, starving and considerably irritated that these outsiders have blundered into their territory. And while it is true that most real-world wolves are hardly man-eaters, director Joe Carnahan and cowriter Ian Mackenzie Jeffers are really not all that interested in reality. Despite some hair-raising moments and a healthy spattering of gore, The Grey is an existential action picture, and the wolves function only as all-purpose predator (being computer-generated, they never really look real anyway). What's really at stake are the souls of these men--how they get along together, and how they face death. Yes, there is always something faintly absurd hanging around this movie; it's like a Jack London story adapted by Luc Besson. But out of its pulpy mash, Carnahan extracts something gutsy. It certainly helps that he's got the mighty Liam Neeson on board as the most capable of the survivors; Neeson exudes the kind of authority that the average action hero can only play-act. Dallas Roberts and Dermot Mulroney add colour, and Frank Grillo jumps off the screen as the most belligerent of the desperate crew. It's possible for a movie to have an absurd premise yet carve something unexpectedly philosophical out of that: The Incredible Shrinking Man and Rise of the Planet of the Apes come to mind. Add this one to that oddball list. --Robert Horton

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Misunderstood. 21 Jun 2012
Format:DVD
Okay, so I see that quite a lot of people are not getting what this film is about.
Yes, it's a survival movie, no, it's not supposed to be a horror or an action flick,
though we are given plenty of action here.
Yes, the plot is predictable, yes the CGI wolves are unconvincing to say the least, though they fare far better than other recent movies which fobbed us off with a far worse version...ahem...I reveal no names!

This movie is saved by the beautiful scenery, and the way in which each shot is designed to take your breath away. It is saved by the psychological game it plays with you. It gets you tense from the beginning, and keeps you that way until the end. It is almost as though you are out in that wilderness along with them, and despite the roughness and crudeness of some of the men - you REALLY want them all to survive.
This movie makes your heart thump in your chest and want to squeeze your eyes shut when Neeson and the gang take a risk. The uncertainty is what makes this movie terrifying, and the vastness and seeming hopelessness of the situation. It is the emotion and the mindsets of the men that drives the story, THAT is what it is about.
Liam Neeson gives a very powerful performance, and so do some of the other characters.
Okay, I was a little disappointed with the ending, and I got a little bored of the flashback scenes, but this is a film that grabbed my attention and held it, and if you go into this with your eyes open,and just let the journey take you, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film 10 Sep 2012
By sid261
Format:DVD
This film gets a lot of grief because nature fan-boys lament the "unrealistic" behaviour of the wolves.

This is a real shame because whilst there is indeed a pack of wolves chasing a group of men, this is not a film about animals chasing down humans (like the Edge for example). Joe Carnahan has actually come up with a very special film, shot carefully and developing all of the characters beautifully (almost too well).

I hate to sound like a left-wing, tree-hugging critic, but this is actually a film about life, death, fate and the human spirit.

And it is absolutely amazing!

Watch it!
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grey 25 May 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have seen the plot before and it is rare that it works. And when I heard there would be CGI Wolves, I was hesitant to say the least.

However, given the right director, authentic location shooting, powerhouse performances and the IMPLIED threat of a merciless predator, this type of film can work. Thankfully, this is the case with 'The Grey'.

So the plot is really nothing new. An oil drilling team crashes in Alaska and must face a pack of territorial wolves as they struggle to make their way through and survive. So far, so simple. But the director, Joe Carnahan (showing us again the visual gritty panache and character development he revealed with subtlety in 'Narc' and less so in 'The A Team') uses the dire circumstances of his protagonists as a means to explore the emotional, psychological and spiritual consequences of confronting their eventual demise.

Purists and animal lovers will abhor the role of the wolves. They seem DELIBERATELY cruel in their hunt of the survivors of the plane crash. Both sentient and cognitive, they demonstrate a willingness to hunt the humans down one by one as if they have made a plan and are determined to execute it with ruthless efficiency. Even though cases of wolf attacks on humans are quiet rare, the movie suggests that should anyone find themselves in the middle of wolf territory, or indeed a wolf den, then ALL bets are off.

In fending off the wolf attacks, these already rough-hewn oil refinery workers have to revert back to their primitive selves and in so doing reveal their insecurities, their fears and their failures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
It’s night on an Alaskan Oil Refinery site - and wrapped in a grotty parka jacket and taking icicle breathes - Ottway (Liam Neeson) walks towards the worker’s canteen where all manner of drifters and society rejects are brawling and drinking whiskey within. He carries his high-powered rifle pouched over his shoulder (he picks off the wolves who attack the riggers) and is thinking about a letter he can’t finish to his ladylove - how "I've stopped doing this world any real good…"

Once inside – with thunderous metal music and pool cues breaking all around him – his grizzled face doesn’t seem to register interest in any of it. In fact as he downs whiskey shots and stares forward - we see his thoughts that crave peace and contentment - glimpses of his beautiful wife (Anne Openshaw) lying beside him under the sheets – stroking his hair and smiling at him like everything is going to be all right. But in this cold and desolate place that he describes as the "a***hole of the world" – it isn’t gong to be ok. In fact – once outside again – Ottway takes his rifle out - puts the barrel into his mouth and is about to pull the trigger. But then he hears the howl of a wolf in the distance (an Alpha Male) - almost like it’s calling him out. His faces hardens – maybe these roughnecks are in danger and will need him after all…

Liam Neeson is the people’s champ when it comes to leading men – but you also forget just how staggeringly good he really is. He puts in better acting chops in the opening ten minutes of "The Grey" than most actors do in fifty.
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