The Grey 2012

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In Alaska, an oil drilling team struggle to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild. Hunting the humans are a pack of wolves who see them as intruders.

Starring:
Ben Bray, Dermot Mulroney
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 57 minutes
Starring Ben Bray, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Larissa Stadnichuk, James Badge Dale, Liam Neeson, James Bitonti, Joe Anderson, Nonso Anozie, Frank Grillo
Director Joe Carnahan
Genres Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 21 May 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 57 minutes
Starring Ben Bray, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Larissa Stadnichuk, James Badge Dale, Liam Neeson, James Bitonti, Joe Anderson, Nonso Anozie, Frank Grillo
Director Joe Carnahan
Genres Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 21 May 2012
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By bookwormgrl10 on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 July 2014
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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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Andrew D on 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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