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The Grey (2011)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  27 January 2012 (USA)
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After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hernandez (as Ben Hernandez)
Peter Girges ...
Jonathan Bitonti ...
Ottway (5 years old) (as Jonathan James Bitonti)
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In Alaska, a team of oil workers board a flight home; however, they cross a storm and the airplane crashes. Only seven workers survive in the wilderness and John Ottway, who is a huntsman that kills wolves to protect the workers, assumes leadership of the group. Shortly after they learn that they are surrounded by a pack of wolves and Ottway advises that they should seek protection in the woods. But while they walk through the heavy snow, they are chased and attacked by the carnivorous mammals. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for violence/disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 January 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un día para sobrevivir  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,665,101 (USA) (27 January 2012)


$51,533,608 (USA) (6 April 2012)

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In his glowing review of this film, Roger Ebert stated that in his long career, this was the only time that he actually walked out of his next scheduled screening because it affected him so. "After The Grey (2011) was over, I watched the second film for 30 minutes and then got up and walked out of the theater. It was the first time I've ever walked out of a film because of the previous film. The way I was feeling in my gut, it just wouldn't have been fair to the next film." See more »


Late in the movie, Ottway unfolds the letter, which then shows a large yellowish stain. Still later, he partially unfolds it before folding it into his wallet, and the stain is gone. See more »


[first lines]
Ottway: A job at the end of the world. A salaried killer for a big petroleum company. I don't know why I did half the things I've done, but I know this is where I belong, surrounded by my own. Ex-cons, fugitives, drifters, assholes. Men unfit for mankind.
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Survival-Action at its Best
23 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At first sight, this seems like the kind of movie to be panned by critics and audiences alike, being an action-survival film. When i was able to get into the special premiere showing, i will have to say, i would pay $15 to see this on the IMAX because the thrills, action and emotions running through this movie were as fast as the wolves.

Liam Neeson, who everyone is coming to know as the man from Taken, was phenomenal; Liam has always been a great and amazing actor, but this movie really shows that he can do something so "out there" that, it feels real watching it on the big screen. This movie, fueled by Ridley and Tony Scott's vision (they produced this fine film), has elements from both of the brothers' genre-takes such as Man on Fire, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down and Blade Runner, capturing the epic, awesome intensity and thrills that only masters can handle.

Even though they aren't characters, per say, they are a vital point in this movie and do a damn good job picking up and dragging the tension out (in a good way); the wolves. You'll have to see for yourself, because i was on the edge of my seat whenever they came on screen.

All in all, this movie was not only a feast for the eyes, but a getaway from all the regular Hollywood fair and blockbusters being poured out nonstop. A must see for anyone who like action/adventure, suspense/thrillers and dramas with great acting 9/10 Stars

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