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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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Joe Carnahan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Neeson ... Ottway
Frank Grillo ... Diaz
Dermot Mulroney ... Talget
Dallas Roberts ... Henrick
Joe Anderson ... Flannery
Nonso Anozie ... Burke
James Badge Dale ... Lewenden
Ben Hernandez Bray ... Hernandez (as Ben Hernandez)
Anne Openshaw Anne Openshaw ... Ottway's Wife
Peter Girges Peter Girges ... Company Clerk
Jonathan Bitonti Jonathan Bitonti ... Ottway (5 years old) (as Jonathan James Bitonti)
James Bitonti James Bitonti ... Ottway's Father
Ella Kosor Ella Kosor ... Talget's Little Girl
Jacob Blair ... Cimoski
Lani Gelera ... Flight Attendant
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Storyline

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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Live or Die on This Day


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un día para sobrevivir See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,665,101, 29 January 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$51,580,136

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,339,696
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Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Biehn was considered for a role. See more »

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During the final scene there is a flipped shot, which can be seen when Ottway's facial cut changes sides. See more »

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[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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Running A.D. Part 2
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Existential allegory
11 March 2012 | by lhhung_himselfSee all my reviews

This is a really depressing and disturbing film - almost certainly a bust at the box office but "The Grey" is really really good - an existentialist parable - in wolves clothing.

Life is nasty - it is a struggle without meaning except for the struggle itself and the nobility in having done that well regardless of the end result. That's what the film was about - not an action picture - not a scientifically accurate portrayal of wolves but an allegory - a metaphor about the existential view of life.

The circling and relentless wolves - the beautiful yet cold and uncaring Siberian landscape - the different attitudes of the participants to the pointless struggle yet heroic effort which no one will ever know about - succinct, powerful and poignant.

One of the few films that will be remembered in future decades in what has been a especially weak year. "The Grey" is not for the faint of heart or those looking for cheap thrills - but it is an unusually brave and beautiful exposition of an unpopular and depressing philosophical view of life...


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