The Grey (2011) – 6/10 Liam Neeson-not-punching-wolves disaster nature survival movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Joe Carnahan
Writer (Screenplay): Joe Carnahan
Writer (Screenplay): Ian MacKenzie Jeffers
Writer (Original Short Story) Ghost Walker: Ian MacKenzie Jeffers
Producer: Jules Daly
Producer: Joe Carnahan
Producer: Ridley Scott
Producer: Mickey Liddell
Liam Neeson: Ottway
Frank Grillo: Diaz
Dermot Mulroney: Talget
Dallas Roberts: Henrick
Joe Anderson: Flannery
Nonso Anozie: Burke
James Badge Dale: Lewenden

Grey, The (2011)

A group of men survive a plane-crash into a snowy wilderness but are quickly beset upon by wolves protecting their territory.


Efficient, if not exactly thrilling or convincing, last-man-standing-against-nature survival movie. This is clearly not intended to be a realistic portrayal of wolves; they are simply whatever type of threat director Joe Carnahan wants them to be at any given time: cooperative, solitary, wary, aggressive, er, vengeful. For me, even with my limited knowledge of wolves, this came across as nonsense and it was something that kept pulling me out of the film, undermining any suspense and excitement Carnahan kept trying to produce. Liam’s running at about 75% Qui-Gonn, so anything he says, you’d believe but his character’s insistence on leaving the crash site – a source of shelter, food, fuel (for fire), sharp pointy metal things and the likely starting point for a rescue – also makes The Grey rather less involving and convincing than it wanted or needed to be. SPOILER: There is a post-credits coda and Liam doesn’t go around punching wolves.

This movie contains sexual swear words, adult dialogue and gory and unpleasant scenes, violence.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


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