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The Grey -- 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.
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The Grey -- 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.
The Grey -- 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.

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Release Date:
27 January 2012 (USA) See more »
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Live or Die on This Day
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Joe Carnahan 
 
Writing credits
Joe Carnahan (screenplay) &
Ian Mackenzie Jeffers (screenplay)

Ian Mackenzie Jeffers (short story "Ghost Walker")

Produced by
Joe Carnahan .... producer
Leah Carnahan .... associate producer
Jules Daly .... producer
Ross Fanger .... executive producer (as Ross T. Fanger)
Lynn Givens .... associate producer
Bill Johnson .... executive producer
Mickey Liddell .... producer
Jennifer Monroe .... executive producer (as Jennifer Hilton Monroe)
Douglas Saylor Jr. .... co-producer
Ridley Scott .... producer
Tony Scott .... executive producer
Jim Seibel .... executive producer
Adi Shankar .... executive producer
Spencer Silna .... executive producer
Jon Turtle .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Marc Streitenfeld 
 
Cinematography by
Masanobu Takayanagi (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Roger Barton 
Jason Hellmann 
 
Casting by
John Papsidera 
 
Production Design by
John Willett 
 
Art Direction by
Ross Dempster 
 
Set Decoration by
Peter Lando 
 
Costume Design by
Courtney Daniel 
 
Makeup Department
Gitte Axen .... makeup department head
Howard Berger .... special makeup effects artist
Anneliese Boise .... hair department: KNB EFX GROUP, INC. (as Anneliese Boies)
Mark Boley .... hair department: KNB EFX GROUP, INC.
Jack Bricker .... hair department: KNB EFX GROUP, INC.
Dorothee Deichmann .... first assistant makeup artist
Robin Dufay .... hair department: KNB EFX GROUP, INC.
Gerald Gibbons .... assistant hair stylist
Steve Katz .... prosthetic department: KNB EFX GROUP, INC.
Derek Krout .... prosthetic department: KNB EFX GROUP, INC.
Mike Lachimia .... prosthetic department: KNB EFX GROUP, INC.
Sharon Markell .... first assistant hair stylist
Hayley Miller .... first assistant makeup artist
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects artist
Kelly O'Neill .... hair department: KNB EFX GROUP, INC.
Reggie Rizzo .... hair department: KNB EFX GROUP, INC.
Roy Sidick .... hair department head (as Roy A. Sidick)
Noriko Watanabe .... hair department head
Noriko Watanabe .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Ross Fanger .... unit production manager (as Ross T. Fanger)
Joe Fineman .... post-production supervisor
Marcelo Gandola .... post-production manager
Brian Leslie Parker .... unit production manager
Frank Salvino .... post production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Bitonti .... first assistant director
Ben Bray .... second unit director
Dan Mansfield .... second assistant director (as Daniel Mansfield)
Michael Pohorly .... second assistant director
Jody Ryan .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Don Anderson .... assistant property master
Vaughan V. Baker .... paint coordinator
Nancy Anna Brown .... set designer
Matthew Campbell .... greensman
John Carr .... greens lead
Niki Charalambopoulos .... paint foreman
Peter Charron .... special prop fabricator (as Charron Custom Propbuilding &FX Co Ltd.)
Janice Lynn Coats .... carpenter
Graham Coutts .... property master
Sharon Dever .... construction buyer
John Gallagher .... illustrator
Lauren Geaghan .... art department assistant
Brent Gloeckler .... head sculptor
Max Gloeckler .... sculptor
Phil Gough .... property buyer
Leesa Hanna .... set decoration buyer
Salmon Harris .... storyboard artist
Ray Harvie .... storyboard artist
Derek Krout .... foam department supervisor KNB EFX Group
Charles Leitrants .... construction coordinator
Vladimir Lushnikov .... lead sculptor
Trevor Purvis .... set dresser
Al Rourke .... construction foreman
Dennis Simard .... leadman
Wyatt Soutzo .... metal fabricator
Carie Wallis .... art department coordinator
 
Sound Department
Kristian Bailey .... cable person
Steve Baine .... foley artist
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York
Keith Elliott .... re-recording mixer
David Evans .... supervising sound editor (as David G. Evans)
Alison Fisher .... adr editor
Mark Gingras .... supervising sound editor
Brian Gogarty .... optical recordist
Alastair Gray .... dialogue editor
Wayne Griffin .... supervising dialogue editor
Gina Gyles .... foley assistant
Katie Halliday .... assistant sound editor
Lana Marie Hattar .... assistant re-recording mixer
Warren Hendriks .... additional sound design
Craig Henighan .... additional re-recording mixer
Bob Kellough .... additional sound design
Andy Koyama .... additional re-recording mixer
Martin Lacroix .... boom operator
Skip Longfellow .... assistant sound editor
Steve Munro .... sound effects editor
Peter Persaud .... foley recordist
Ric Schnupp .... adr recordist
Mark Shnuriwsky .... sound effects editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
William Unrau .... cable person
Michael T. Williamson .... sound mixer
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
Mark Zsifkovits .... re-recording mixer
Jared Marshack .... sound mix technician (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Cara E. Anderson .... special effects buyer
Carl DeBoer .... special effects technician
Barrie Gower .... prosthetics supplier
Grady Holder .... dental/occular technician: K.N.B. EFX Group
Kurt Jackson .... special effects technician
Kyle T. Moore .... special effects foreman
Greg Nicotero .... animatronics supervisor (as Gregory Nicotero)
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup and creature effects supervisor (as Gregory Nicotero)
Amanda Paller .... special effects assistant
James Paradis .... special effects coordinator
Reggie Rizzo .... hair specialist
Courtland Sandover-Sly .... special effects crew: Smithers, B.C.
Harry Tomsic .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Mathieu Aerni .... modeler: Digital Dimension
Michael Archambault .... lead tracker: Digital Dimension
Eric Aubry .... lead artist: lighting: Digital Dimension
Jeffrey Edward Baksinski .... digital effects supervisor
Michel Bergeron .... compositor: Digital Dimension
Carl Berube .... rigger: Digital Dimension
Joey Bonander .... visual effects coordinator: Zoic Studios
Niall Booker .... modeler: Zoic Studios
Francois Bordez .... sequence lead: Digital Dimension
Jean-Christophe Boue .... digital compositor: Digital Dimension
Kristen Branan .... visual effects producer: Zoic Studios
Julie Cardinal .... visual effects producer: Digital Dimension
Erico Caselle .... fx artist: Digital Dimension
Pierre Cataford .... fx artist: Digital Dimension
Stephen Chan .... visual effects data wrangler
Robert Chapin .... visual effects artist
Sébastien Chartier .... lead fx: Digital Dimension
Pascal Clement .... modeler: Digital Dimension
Richard Clement-Tam .... fx artist: Digital Dimension
Raonull Conover .... fx artist: Digital Dimension
Daniel Coupal .... digital compositor
Anthony D'Agostino .... tracking: Zoic Studios
Robert De La Cruz .... modeler: Digital Dimension
Debora Dunphy .... digital compositor
Nicolas Fortin .... texture artist: Digital Dimension
Dave Gagnon .... lead textures: Digital Dimension
Sébastien Gagné .... compositor: Digital Dimension
Gian Ganziano .... visual effects editor
Christian Garcia .... CG supervisor: Digital Dimension
Andrei Gheorghiu .... digital compositor
Simon Habib .... rigger: Digital Dimension
Gunnar Hansen .... visual effects supervisor
Guy Harvey .... production manager: Digital Dimension
Jocelyn Hudon .... animation lead: Digital Dimension
Gael Jacques .... lead modeler: Digital Dimension
Erin Kanoa .... matte painter: Zoic Studios
Dorota Kowalska .... VFX coordinator: Digital Dimension
Daniel Kvasznicza .... matte painter: Digital Dimension
Pierre Lalancette .... tracking: Digital Dimension
Nicolas Lamy .... animator: Digital Dimension
Kevin Landry .... tracking: Digital Dimension
Nancy Larouche .... lighting artist: Digital Dimension
Martin Larrivée .... sequence lead: Digital Dimension
Nadine Lavoie .... animator: Digital Dimension
Sophie Leclerc .... visual effects producer
Patrick Lemay .... tracking: Digital Dimension
Sylvain Lorgeou .... lead matte painter: Digital Dimension
Ralph Maiers .... visual effects supervisor: Zoic BC
Eric Maltais .... rigger: Digital Dimension
Elaine Martin .... lighting artist: Digital Dimension
Louis-Simon Menard .... executive producer: Digital Dimension
Stéphane Morali .... digital compositor
Patrick Ménard .... modeler: Digital Dimension
Olivier Nadeau .... compositor: Digital Dimension
Dave Normand .... animator: Digital Dimension
Vissal Ong .... lead compositor: Digital Dimension
Nathan Overstrom .... compositing supervisor
Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski .... executive producer: Digital Dimension
Sébastien Proulx .... CG supervisor: Digital Dimension
Vincent Reumont .... animator: Digital Dimension
Benoit Robert .... fx artist: Digital Dimension
Pascal Ruest .... animator: Digital Dimension
Eric Senecal .... fx artist: Digital Dimension
Marcos Shih .... matte painter: Zoic Studios
Daveed Shwartz .... digital matte painter
Frederic Simard .... cg lighting artist
Mark Stetson .... senior visual effects supervisor: Zoic Studios
Stephane Stoll .... animation director: Digital Dimension
Patrick Tasse .... digital compositor
Eric Tetreault .... compositor: Digital Dimension
Jean-Philippe Therrien .... VFX coordinator: Digital Dimension
Scot D. Thomson .... tracking: Digital Dimension
Valentin Trasnea .... digital compositor
Alexandre Tremblay .... compositor: Digital Dimension
Yves Tremblay .... compositor: Digital Dimension
Katrina Tung .... texture artist: Digital Dimension
Carlos Valcarcel .... lead rigger: Digital Dimension
Lauren Weidel .... visual effects coordinator
Henry Wojcik .... animator: Digital Dimension
Sonia Wu .... compositor: Digital Dimension
 
Stunts
Lloyd Adams .... stunts
Scott J. Ateah .... stunt coordinator
Shawn Beaton .... stunt performer: wolf
Chad Bellamy .... stunts
Ben Bray .... stunt coordinator
Byron Briscoe .... stunts
Mike Carpenter .... stunt double: Liam Neeson
Douglas Chapman .... stunts
Kaaren de Zilva .... stunts
Dario Delacio .... stunts
Dave Dunaway .... stunt rigger
Corbin Fox .... stunt rigger
Lani Gelera .... stunt actor
Lars Grant .... stunts
Kory Grim .... stunt performer
Leif Havdale .... stunt double: Joe Anderson
Adrian Hein .... stunt double: Dallas Roberts
Dave Hospes .... stunts
Charles Jarman .... stunt performer
Jon Kralt .... stunt double: Dermot Mulroney
Larry Lam .... stunts
Kit Mallet .... stunt performer
Vince Murdocco .... stunts
Efosa Otuomagie .... stunts
Dan Rizzuto .... stunt performer
Todd Scott .... stunts
Grant Smith .... stunt rigger
Larissa Stadnichuk .... stunts
Hugo Steele .... stunt performer
Ty Trand .... utility stunts
Mark Vanselow .... assistant stunt coordinator
Mark Vanselow .... stunt double: Liam Neeson
Clay Virtue .... stunts
Marshall Virtue .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jay Anderson .... second unit generator operator
Troy Bassett .... rigging grip
Justin Bergler .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Rob Brady .... best boy electric
Marty Coady .... electrician
Drew Davidson .... gaffer
Spencer Ennis .... camera loader
Ryan Fehr .... camera crane technician
Dave Ferreira .... grip
Kimberly French .... still photographer
David Goyer .... generator operator
Darren Gregory .... best boy rigging grip
Tyler Guenther .... rigging grip
Christopher Harvey .... rigger
Jeff Harvey .... best boy rigging lighting
Dean Heselden .... camera operator
Randy A. Jablonka .... lighting technician
Jeff Kuzyk .... lighting technician
Paul Stoker Mayne .... lighting technician
David McKnight .... digital video assist
Will Parrot .... key grip
Rob Sperling .... grip
Patrick Stepien .... "a" camera first assistant
Masanobu Takayanagi .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Masa Takayanagi)
Shai Vera .... key rigging grip
Pat Waller .... rigging grip
 
Casting Department
Andrea Brown .... extras casting director
Jennifer Cram .... casting associate
Dylan Jury .... casting assistant
J.J. Ogilvy .... casting associate
June E. Watson .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Phuong Chau .... key breakdown artist
Karen Durrant .... costumer
Koreen Heaver .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Jennifer Anderson .... dailies project manager
Richard Cordes .... colorist: dailies
Andrew Geary .... color assist
Kevin Hale .... associate editor
Dave Muscat .... digital intermediate editor
Tom Poole .... digital intermediate colorist
Mathieu Reid .... color timer
Joseph Jett Sally .... additional editor
Brett Schlaman .... first assistant editor
Nicole Mak .... dailies film assistant: Deluxe Vancouver (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Barrett .... assistant score mixing engineer
John Barrett .... scoring pro tools engineer
Charles M. Barsamian .... music business & legal executive
Joseph Bonn .... music editor
Peter Cobbin .... music mixer
Peter Cobbin .... music score engineer
Peter Cobbin .... scoring mixer
Ben Foster .... conductor
Ben Foster .... orchestrator
Dave Foster .... music preparation
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Laura Katz .... music supervisor
Phil Knights .... music preparation
Alex Lu .... assistant to composer
Dorina Markoff-McNulty .... musician
Andy Ross .... music supervisor
Sunna Wehrmeijer .... music programmer
Kirsty Whalley .... music editor
Lucy Whalley .... assistant orchestra contractor
 
Transportation Department
Ben Derrick .... transportation captain
Ian-Peter Jacobi .... transportation
Ryan Moroz .... driver
 
Other crew
Andy Aitken .... sculptor
Nicole Barton .... assistant: Jim Seibel
Robert Broderick .... production assistant
Bruce L. Brownstein .... location manager
Benjamin Cairns .... production assistant
Ariel Carefoot .... production assistant
Simon Carrigan .... first assistant coordinator
Jorge Ignacio Castillo .... production assistant
Alana Comeau .... production secretary
Chuck Duffy .... stand-in
Jeff Edwards .... key mechanical designer
Kim Goddard-Rains .... second assistant production coordinator
Synnove Godeseth .... assistant: Ross Fanger (as Synnöve Godeseth)
Bill Grantham .... legal counsel: 1984 Private Defense Contractors
Susan Lambie .... script supervisor
Derrick Landry .... first assistant accountant
Kevin Landry .... production controller
Tara Larsen .... producers asssistant
Laura Livingstone .... production coordinator
Flemming Lund .... assistant location manager
Reg Milne .... mountain operations coordinator
Tom Moran .... assistant: Tony Scott
Roderick Dryden Morrison .... production assistant
Evan Nicholas .... assistant to mr. carnahan
Michael Paik .... production assistant
John Rhodes .... acquisitions assistant
Steven Robbins .... assistant: Tony Scott
Temple Rohl-Burdekin .... key production assistant
Daniel A. Rosenthal .... post-production accountant
Steve Sangster .... production assistant: studio
Mark S. Schneider .... production legal services (as Mark Schneider, Esq.)
Philip J. Strina .... business affairs: Inferno
Jon Turtle .... financier
Scooby Vincent .... production assistant: studio
Connor Welsh .... production assistant
Michelle Zazulak .... production assistant
 
Thanks
James Gibb .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for violence/disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language
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This film was denounced by endangered-species protection organizations for its portrayal of wolves as a perpetual threat to humans. It was felt that the film reinforces the ancient cultural notion that humans should follow a kill-or-be-killed policy whenever encountering wolves.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: Before setting off for the woods, Ottway searches through the plane wreckage and finds his rifle in its case, with the stock broken in two. He then discards the rifle. This is strange as, even with the stock broken and scope ruined, it would be possible to fire the rifle with reasonable accuracy at close range, certainly accurately enough to dispatch a number of wolves.See more »
Quotes:
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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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277 out of 486 people found the following review useful.
Neeson and Carnahan go above and beyond the survival thriller norms, 27 January 2012
Author: Movie_Muse_Reviews from IL, USA

Liam Neeson the gritty action hero. How unbelievable that at nearly 60 years old, an actor can redefine his career and become more bankable. Neeson has somehow re-channeled the seriousness he brought to dramatic roles into creating utterly convincing heroes in decent (at best) thrillers.

But that's not "The Grey." "The Grey" earns marks far above decent, and Neeson's performance makes it better. I know, the calendar clearly reads January, but that's a matter of maximizing box-office potential in this case. Writer/director Joe Carnahan ("The A-Team") has turned a new leaf in this harrowing wilderness survival thriller, a film as dedicated to exploring the true extent of the human will to live as much as shocking its audience with menacing wolf attacks.

Neeson leads the pack in all manner of ways. Paid to protect oil workers from nature's dangers (especially wolves), Neeson's character Ottway turns out to be a group of drillers' best chance for survival when their plane crashes in the Alaskan wilderness near a wolf den. He's far from a boy scout, however, and he's emotionally wounded by the past as evidenced by visions of his wife.

Most of the early indicators in the film give you the sense that Neeson will do his usual solemn-faced hero routine that he executes to perfection, but the way the film unfolds (not in terms of plot, but in terms of the quality of the storytelling) asks him to go beyond that. He definitely responds.

When looked at in its most fundamental form, "The Grey" could be considered just another film in which a group of imperiled people die one at a time en route to finding safety. Carnahan, however, slows down that pace so that we can absorb the extent of the danger and imagine ourselves in it. When death does occur, it's visually striking, jaw-dropping and/or thought-provoking as compared to standard efforts at the genre that involve only jump-scare deaths or death by character stupidity.

Only one character, Diaz (Frank Grillo) gets a stereotype as the stubborn self-centered jerk who disagrees with Ottway on purpose. Most movies would've killed him off before he got too annoying, but Carnahan and co-writer Ian Mackenzie Jeffers (who wrote the short story the film's based on), have more interesting plans in store for him.

It's also not just a film about people being hunted by wolves in the wilderness. There's no bloody man vs. wolf climactic battle, unlike what the trailers would have you believe, so film fans prone to take misleading marketing out on the film itself, be prepared. "The Grey" is much more of a suspenseful drama with high-adrenaline scenes lurking around every corner.

As such, the visual style of "The Grey" asks for something different from Carnahan than the over-the-top high-flying nature of his previous two films, "The A-Team" and "Smokin' Aces." The overall tone is gritty and naturalistic, so snow-caked beards without the blistering frostbite makeup.

The action is also more frenetic and gripping. Rather than shooting the action scenes in a traditional sense, he wants the viewer to feel as if they are experiencing them along with the characters. If a character falls from a tree top and hits 20 branches on the way down, that's exactly what the camera's doing. This maximizes the intensity of every major sequence. As for the wolves, they're horrifying, yet never painted as the bad guys. They're just part of nature.

When it comes to issues of faith and the will to survive, that's when "The Grey" really jumps up and above the bar for its genre. The story is told in such a way that when people die, it's not for our entertainment, but to highlight the unpredictable nature of ... nature, and life and death. As Ottway wrestles with these same issues, its Neeson's performance that makes it hit home.

"The Grey" gives its audience the rare gift of genre-film entertainment with some serious food for thought and an ample dose of emotion. Carnahan's choices on how to tell the story, along with an ending not typical of genre films, only make it all the stronger. Both he and Neeson display the true nature of their strengths. Hopefully we've seen only the beginning of Carnahan's potential, and that nature is kind enough to Neeson to let him continue challenging the norm for the standard heroic performance.

~Steven C

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