The Grey—movie review

The Grey—movie review

Liam Neeson is one of those actors who validates a film by his mere presence in it. Sure enough, he brings gravitas and credibility to this survival thriller set in the snowy wilderness of Alaska. I wish he’d also brought along a better script.

Like today’s other mainstream release, Man on a Ledge, The Grey isn’t a turkey or an embarrassment. It’s a formula-driven movie that takes far too long getting where it’s going.

The story: a handful of oil-rig workers survive a disastrous plane crash. Neeson has the knowhow and the guts to lead his cohorts in their desperate attempt to stay alive without food, water, or shelter, surrounded by menacing, hungry wolves.

There are some good, scary moments involving wolf attacks, and the threat these glowing-eyed predators provide, especially at night. In rare moments of calm, the workers deliver speeches about their loved ones and the lives they may never be able to reclaim. Whenever things get too quiet, or seem to be safe, POW! It’s that kind of movie.

Perhaps if director and co-writer Joe Carnahan hadn’t padded out his film to two hours he could have gotten away with such a familiar narrative.  (The source material was a short story, not a novel.) As it stands, the picture delivers the requisite scare moments and scenes of human endurance we associate with survival stories. But it never rises above the routine. Liam Neeson deserves a better movie for his talent, and so do we.

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fred cook

Ottway is using a rifle in the movie….the shells that are shown are definitely shot gun shells, not rifle shells.

Hey ya

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Hey ya

Just watch this movie, I didn't think this was properly put together. Just frequent small little things that happened in the movie.
Dying guy and other guy trying to keep him from bleeding, but after he had died, the guys has were clean when he wiped his face.

Took short time like 3 to 5 seconds for I wolf to completely shred athat first guy on watch by the plane to bits, but took the same time or longer for other guys but only had minor injuries.

Group walking towards forest away from plane, guy about 5 to 10 walk seconds away and wolfs killed him. But then wolfs went in opposite directions when the would of traveled in a pack to get him in a first place.

You serious! That small fire gonna stop six of those wolfs in the forest, but they weren't that afraid back at the plane, they killed the guy!

Instant freezing forest. The scene when tying scarfs to make a rope, the forest was completely green but after finish tying the rope together to get the guy of the cliff into the forest, the forest had been completely snow covered. Plus when scarf rope (which probably could not support that weight) snapped, make a noise that a cord would make. He then fell through the trees and hit the ground, and when the wolfs were trying to drag him off, the other guys some how got down there over the cliff over the ravine.

A mistake also when they leave the guy behind to die by the river, they were talking about taking him up the hill and the movie showed you them walking up it, when they were up the hill they carried on walking. The river current was going in the same direction. What's that? Water flowing uphill, defining gravity?.

Shortly after, two wolfs chase the two that are left and, they both ended up in the river and one of them drowned getting suck between two rocks, under a log. The main character guy tries to help him, but fails to save him. Of course the main character and everything on him is drenched.
But at the end he takes out and unfold the letter, which is some how perfectly dry. It is written in calligraphy ink and would smudge in any contact of water.

Also mr. Boss wolf at the end was caring enough to let the last guy look through the people's wallet photos some more, have a flash back (heaps of flash backs in this film! About 10), recite something framed on the wall from when he was a child and make some sharp gloves to cut mr. Boss wolf if he needed too. Thank you boss wolf! But realistically they would shred him like the last guys, in a pack.

Other little things are that not many people would actually keep an photo album stuffed in their wallets yet everybody did.

My personal opinion was that the film was badly directed and the amount of swearing was ridiculous and was just to make up for the lack of dialogue, their was nothing important to say. If you muted the film and then unmuted the sound halfway through the film, it wouldn't of mattered, because there was no crucial infomation to the storyline of the film.

Hey ya

Just watch this movie, I didn't think this was properly put together. Just frequent small little things that happened in the movie.
Dying guy and other guy trying to keep him from bleeding, but after he had died, the guys has were clean when he wiped his face.

Took short time like 3 to 5 seconds for I wolf to completely shred athat first guy on watch by the plane to bits, but took the same time or longer for other guys but only had minor injuries.

Group walking towards forest away from plane, guy about 5 to 10 walk seconds away and wolfs killed him. But then wolfs went in opposite directions when the would of traveled in a pack to get him in a first place.

You serious! That small fire gonna stop six of those wolfs in the forest, but they weren't that afraid back at the plane, they killed the guy!

Instant freezing forest. The scene when tying scarfs to make a rope, the forest was completely green but after finish tying the rope together to get the guy of the cliff into the forest, the forest had been completely snow covered. Plus when scarf rope (which probably could not support that weight) snapped, make a noise that a cord would make. He then fell through the trees and hit the ground, and when the wolfs were trying to drag him off, the other guys some how got down there over the cliff over the ravine.

A mistake also when they leave the guy behind to die by the river, they were talking about taking him up the hill and the movie showed you them walking up it, when they were up the hill they carried on walking. The river current was going in the same direction. What's that? Water flowing uphill, defining gravity?.

Shortly after, two wolfs chase the two that are left and, they both ended up in the river and one of them drowned getting suck between two rocks, under a log. The main character guy tries to help him, but fails to save him. Of course the main character and everything on him is drenched.
But at the end he takes out and unfold the letter, which is some how perfectly dry. It is written in calligraphy ink and would smudge in any contact of water.

Also mr. Boss wolf at the end was caring enough to let the last guy look through the people's wallet photos some more, have a flash back (heaps of flash backs in this film! About 10), recite something framed on the wall from when he was a child and make some sharp gloves to cut mr. Boss wolf if he needed too. Thank you boss wolf! But realistically they would shred him like the last guys, in a pack.

Other little things are that not many people would actually keep an photo album stuffed in their wallets yet everybody did.

My personal opinion was that the film was badly directed and the amount of swearing was ridiculous and was just to make up for the lack of dialogue, their was nothing important to say. If you muted the film and then unmuted the sound halfway through the film, it wouldn't of mattered, because there was no crucial infomation to the storyline of the film.

Hey ya

Just watch this movie, I didn't think this was properly put together. Just frequent small little things that happened in the movie.
Dying guy and other guy trying to keep him from bleeding, but after he had died, the guys has were clean when he wiped his face.

Took short time like 3 to 5 seconds for I wolf to completely shred athat first guy on watch by the plane to bits, but took the same time or longer for other guys but only had minor injuries.

Group walking towards forest away from plane, guy about 5 to 10 walk seconds away and wolfs killed him. But then wolfs went in opposite directions when the would of traveled in a pack to get him in a first place.

You serious! That small fire gonna stop six of those wolfs in the forest, but they weren't that afraid back at the plane, they killed the guy!

Instant freezing forest. The scene when tying scarfs to make a rope, the forest was completely green but after finish tying the rope together to get the guy of the cliff into the forest, the forest had been completely snow covered. Plus when scarf rope (which probably could not support that weight) snapped, make a noise that a cord would make. He then fell through the trees and hit the ground, and when the wolfs were trying to drag him off, the other guys some how got down there over the cliff over the ravine.

A mistake also when they leave the guy behind to die by the river, they were talking about taking him up the hill and the movie showed you them walking up it, when they were up the hill they carried on walking. The river current was going in the same direction. What's that? Water flowing uphill, defining gravity?.

Shortly after, two wolfs chase the two that are left and, they both ended up in the river and one of them drowned getting suck between two rocks, under a log. The main character guy tries to help him, but fails to save him. Of course the main character and everything on him is drenched.
But at the end he takes out and unfold the letter, which is some how perfectly dry. It is written in calligraphy ink and would smudge in any contact of water.

Also mr. Boss wolf at the end was caring enough to let the last guy look through the people's wallet photos some more, have a flash back (heaps of flash backs in this film! About 10), recite something framed on the wall from when he was a child and make some sharp gloves to cut mr. Boss wolf if he needed too. Thank you boss wolf! But realistically they would shred him like the last guys, in a pack.

Other little things are that not many people would actually keep an photo album stuffed in their wallets yet everybody did.

My personal opinion was that the film was badly directed and the amount of swearing was ridiculous and was just to make up for the lack of dialogue, their was nothing important to say. If you muted the film and then unmuted the sound halfway through the film, it wouldn't of mattered, because there was no crucial infomation to the storyline of the film.

Hey ya

Just watch this movie, I didn't think this was properly put together. Just frequent small little things that happened in the movie.
Dying guy and other guy trying to keep him from bleeding, but after he had died, the guys has were clean when he wiped his face.

Took short time like 3 to 5 seconds for I wolf to completely shred athat first guy on watch by the plane to bits, but took the same time or longer for other guys but only had minor injuries.

Group walking towards forest away from plane, guy about 5 to 10 walk seconds away and wolfs killed him. But then wolfs went in opposite directions when the would of traveled in a pack to get him in a first place.

You serious! That small fire gonna stop six of those wolfs in the forest, but they weren't that afraid back at the plane, they killed the guy!

Instant freezing forest. The scene when tying scarfs to make a rope, the forest was completely green but after finish tying the rope together to get the guy of the cliff into the forest, the forest had been completely snow covered. Plus when scarf rope (which probably could not support that weight) snapped, make a noise that a cord would make. He then fell through the trees and hit the ground, and when the wolfs were trying to drag him off, the other guys some how got down there over the cliff over the ravine.

A mistake also when they leave the guy behind to die by the river, they were talking about taking him up the hill and the movie showed you them walking up it, when they were up the hill they carried on walking. The river current was going in the same direction. What's that? Water flowing uphill, defining gravity?.

Shortly after, two wolfs chase the two that are left and, they both ended up in the river and one of them drowned getting suck between two rocks, under a log. The main character guy tries to help him, but fails to save him. Of course the main character and everything on him is drenched.
But at the end he takes out and unfold the letter, which is some how perfectly dry. It is written in calligraphy ink and would smudge in any contact of water.

Also mr. Boss wolf at the end was caring enough to let the last guy look through the people's wallet photos some more, have a flash back (heaps of flash backs in this film! About 10), recite something framed on the wall from when he was a child and make some sharp gloves to cut mr. Boss wolf if he needed too. Thank you boss wolf! But realistically they would shred him like the last guys, in a pack.

Other little things are that not many people would actually keep an photo album stuffed in their wallets yet everybody did.

Rico

Explore the theme?? What da hell, go explore it yourself! Why should a story give you all the angles and details? You have you own life, go experience these themes yourself rather than being a bloody emotional coach potato.

Rico

People who don't understand the deeper meaning of a movie should shut their trap. Grow up, please. Otherwise go watch BobtheBuilder or Thomas the Tank Engine. Some people are just way to shallow.

Emily

It was awful, I do not understand it at all

Christian

Neeson was subconsciously committing “suicide by cop” or more accurately – by wolf. The problem is that he took everyone with him on this path of destruction. Why leave the crash site (the black box)? Why would a so-called wolf expert end up in the one area he was trying to avoid – the wolf den. The only way it makes sense is for Neeson to subconsciously put himself (and others) in danger so he can die and join his wife (wife tells him in his dream to not be afraid – of death). Yet, his internal drive is too strong to let himself commit suicide, so he fights on and never gives up. The conflict – to live or die on this day.

Stephanie

Utterly depressing movie. It is quite formulaic and does not explore any theme that it touches on. 3/10

Krystal

Definitely not out of Jack London novel, this is Hollywood all the way. Inaccurate facts about wolves and survival in the backcountry during winter! Wow, I was looking forward to this movie but am seriously disappointed. It you want a story of survival read "To Build a Fire" or "For the Love of Life" by Jack London, even Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is a better story and it's written for children.

brian

ok, wolves are not spiteful hateful creatures…they dont kill for vengeance but for food for themselves and their young ones…they dont carry deer antlers back to their den…they are afraid of fire..they are afraid of mankind in general….they are smart but not as smart as they are in the movie as being portrayed as having superhuman cognitive skills…stupid movie …hated it….Hey …got an idea to help you survive…start a big fire or climb a tree…kill a wolf to survive… there have been very few documented attack of wolves on man and they have even known to leave a kill because of the scent of a human…this movie is stupid…i especially like how liam neeson's character acts like he has some supernatural ability to know what happens when you die…then he takes the opportunity to scream out that mf-er to God…that might get you eaten by a wolf LOL…anyway paid 1.28 for the movie at redbox and I still want my time and money back…to all who are considering this move–just rent something else

Invisible Ninja

Overall I give it maybe a seven. I actually liked it. 1st to the animal rights over human rights nuts…they were CGI. That means not real!! After American History X everybody didn't go out beating skin heads (and it was a better movie with more publicity) so I think the WOLVES (for those of you who can't spell the plural wolf) will be safe. I like the movie…yes…but it didn't anger me into taking up arms against WOLVES. 2nd goes out for all you haters of language when a man is in desperate times. They are dying off!! Fugitives, criminals, rif raf, etc. I am none of those things but if I were just squished into the ground from 30,000 feet into a snowy wilderness with WOLVES killing the only support group I have, language would not be a priority. I am a Christian but maybe Liam's character was on the brink with his faith due to, again, being squished into the ground from 30,000 feet, snowy wilderness, WOLVES, and his wife dying. 3rd…why are you guys fighting over a movie? Come on Kanye, other people may like things that you do not. Get over it! That goes for religion as well.

B Quigley

Deeply thought provoking movie for those who like to think. Some scenes are very devastatingly disturbing or at least for people with a conscience. Really liked this movie.

Oxoboxo

I think the whole point of the story is about overcoming the fear of death. At the beginning of the movie, the main character does not want to live, but he is afraid to die – he can't pull the trigger. Throughout the movie, the main character's wife, who is deceased, appears to him numerous times telling not to be afraid. The injured passenger from the plane who is mortally wounded is at first afraid to die, but when he accepts it he dies peacefully.

Anyone who is somehow insulted by the main character "calling out God" has obviously never read Psalms. The author, commonly thought to be David, constantly calls out God; and complains about not receiving an answer. The scene where Ottoway calls out God is actually a sign of faith. Who would talk to a God that they didn't believe in?

And, his prayer is answered, although not in the way some moviegoers would want. God does not come down and slay the wolves and give him a clear path back to civilization. Instead, he gives him the gift of acceptance, the acceptance of his own life and more importantly his own death. In the final scene, he is no longer afraid of death. He has accepted his wife's death, and is ready to join her, or live the rest of his life without her. He has overcome his fear.

Nisseman

This movie was ridiculous, mostly because of the wolves. First of all , wolf packs are usually less than a dozen animals, especially in an area such as this during the winter. There wouldn't be a food supply in this area at that time of the year to support a huge pack of wolves like this. Wolves don't attack in this manner, they pounce in and back out, taking careful attacks until they've got their prey surrounded, confused, panicked and then go in for the kill, even if they are being territorial. Like most predators they are very careful of getting injured themselves and are therefore quite cautious when attacking. The first scene where Liam kills the wolf in camp is just the beginning of how stupid this movie was. A lone wolf running at full speed across a huge open space to attack three men in a camp?!?!? come on PLEASE. Also the wolves looked so fake it was pathetic, huge hulking almost jet black timber wolves with glowing green eyes, what the hell is that? Then the absurd moment when they jump across a cavern and five minutes later there are wolves attacking? What , did the pack send out a scouting crew of wolves to lie in wait on the otherside just in case? How about the stupid comment about Hypoxia due to the altitude. Hypoxia starts at maybe 8000 ft, 6000 if you maybe live at sea level and fly straight to 6000 ft for your first time at altitude. These guys were at or below treeline. Treeline anywhere in Alaska stops well below 6000 ft, more like 3-4000 ft or lower. So many stupid errors in this movie. Yes I accept some leeway has to be given when producing a hollywood action movie, but for crying out loud, when you're spending this kind of money and utilizing actors such as Liam Neeson, at least try to do a little research and make some small attempt at making it, if not plausible, at least somewhat believable. You would have to be a complete ignoramous or have spent your entire life in a city to buy into any of the crap this movie was selling. The rest of the movie worked ok, but the ridiculousness of it all just ruined the whole thing.

maddy

Liam Neeson is the best actor in the whole world I love "The Grey."

Kayla

Terribleeeee Movie. horrible quality.Fake looking Wolves . CHEAP all around. Love Liam Neeson,But want my money back.

Bruce

I want my money back. One of the survivors jumps a hundred yards over a canyon? Give me a break…

Sereiously

The guy that wrote this review has to be a complete moron to miss every point of this movie, right? Did you even watch it?

yara

please can some1 ask me , out of the seven survivors from the plane crash, how many we saw being killed later on after being attacked by the wolves?

Andy

The movie was great but the ending make the whole movies like shit! the writer should at least give some spare of life or at least show any other human out there since they found some logging around there, overall shit movie ever, DO NOT WATCH! you have been warned!@

steph

Hey Jack! Your opinion matters, we respect how you see it! Everyone is different based on whatever walk of life that a person has encountered! Therefore, life experiences are what influence people's perspective on things. You have the right to disagree, but no one is wrong in there opinion!

Jack

This film is an action thriller. The cast are employees it has a realistic script. You ate a fool if you want a script like an Oscar condedor. For all you people who think this movie has a poor script go watch those long boring movie. As for me I have seen hundreds of films I love a great script and I loved this movie so for this review I say farewell I will not return because you cannot review a movie well. Don't quit your day job.

Steph

I went to see this movie and really had a hard time with the overusage of profanity! Which really distracted me from some of the other previously mentioned good qualities of the movie. I continued to sit through the movie (don't know why), and then the clincher for me that totally sunk this movie was the so-called fist in God's face by Mr. Neeson. The following events then proceeded to insinuate that God does not answer prayer. Now in reality that's an indirect attack on Christianity! As a result, I'd like to challenge anyone with the prayer that the Lord will always answer and that is to ask Him to forgive you of your sins and to ask Jesus to come into their heart! He will definitely answer and I guarantee you that your life will never be the same!! God Bless!!

James Jackman

I recently watched the documentary called land of the lost of the wolves.
I was just wondering do Movies like The Grey help or hinder the line between fact and fiction when it comes to attacks on humans, because I really would hate to see them be wiped out by man because of Public hysteria or fear as what happened after the movie JAWS with regards to the Great white shark.

I really hope in the longer term people and wolves can learn to live with each other rather than the Current status Quo Bad boy image they have, there not evil, What I mean is any wild meat eating animal given the choice with death by starvation or/ survival would probably see an Intruder into their territory as a sauce of fresh Meat.

Please don't let them go extinct because of a group of narrow-bodied and short sighted hating individuals of hoodlums with guns or bear traps, crossbows or other illegal methods of killing. A.K.A Murder, obviously if you are unlucky enough to be attacked by a wild dog or lone wolf 4 things come to mind.

Option 1) you could climb a tree.
Option 2) you could face it down in the hopes it will leave you alone.
Option 3) use pepper spray or an personal attack alarm wolves like most dogs Don't like a loud squealing high pitched noise given the choice they will scarper or/ the last option 4)by far your best way of avoiding wolves is Just stay away & Don't get yourself into a dangerous situation by walking alone into the woods or areas that are known areas that wolves are known to co- habitat i.e. sanctuary’s or national parks.

If you do find yourself in a bad situation don't run don't scream or panic & as the animal will attack you as this will make you look more like a item of prey and probably end in you being killed or seriously mauled.

Also never try to separate a wolf from its prey i.e. a deer or freshly killed animals this will only antagonize the wolf into going for you instead of finishing its rightful meal. And don't get too close to a wolf.

More importantly if you have a radio warlike talkie or cell phone with you and park ranger know where you are going to be & your route the whole time of your visit.
If you find your-self endangered or being stalked by a wolf Please find a place of safety such as a high tree or Cabin where someone is living raise the alarm they will probably have some means of-fending a wolf off.

And more importantly thy will have a radio and gun if the worst comes to the worst a wolf will not appreciate a crowd of people as we are there number one predator .
Lastly please keep in mind education is better than cure.

Respect the laws please don’t resort to senseless acts of killing or imitating the Scenes as depicted in the movie. Unless it's a matter of life & death.

Tiffany

My husband and I like survivor movies, buy were very disappointed in this one. It was too dark and downright depressing. They pushed their humanistic and atheistic view which offers no hope. Didn't like the ending either……..

Drelama

Ugh. Every comment I see is either by nerds with no ability to suspend their disbelief or have empathy for characters, reactionary lunatics who (rightfully) care about the endangered nature of wolves while ignoring the plain fact that PREDATORS ARE DANGEROUS to helpless people in the middle of nowhere, or by morons expecting some corny CGI action.

I enjoyed the movie quite a lot more than I had expected.

blacksheep

This was the first time I have ever gotton up and left the theater prior to the movie concluding. Wilderness survival movies are some of my favorites and I am much more forgiving. This movie however, dropped the ball. I never once got into the movie. Never felt close to the characters. There were multiple scenes in the movie where you could tell the actors were reaching for their lines, trying unsucessfuly to get into character and come across as believeable. This was an imbarrasment to snipers in the military. What sniper doesn't have wilderness survival training? Leave the crash site for the trees so you can better fend off the wolves? Are you crazy, you've got a fricken jet and could build a small mansion with the material if you wanted. I understand that the other actors took on a dumb role, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that if your fearless leader's decissions are causing people to die, you stop listening to him. The final straw was when three survivors turned into two. I no longer cared to see Liam fight the wolves with broken beer bottles gloves that was all over TV promoting the movie.

Oscar

I loved this movie! People who are talking about human stupidity in this film well in the beginning of the film the narrator said the men who worked the fields were criminals.people who made mistakes in life, basically calling them idiots. People complaining about how the wolves are in the film well see the actor Liam was playing said within a 30 mile radius of the wolves den the wolves are very protective and will protect by attacking. And i believe that because like most animals if you start getting close to their "den" then they will do anything to protect it. Hello look at how your dog acts when it just gave birth to puppies and you try to get close to the puppies, its basic animal instinct. And I KNEW the animal loves would come out and complain about the scenes of the wolves getting killed and blah blah blah! Its a movie stfu! But I liked the movie, its a movie you would talk about. Another thing, since they walked into the forest the attacks kept getting worse and worse and worse something would tell me that I'm probably walking towards the general direction of the den

Awesome Mama

I hadn't really heard much about this movie before I went, I was expecting some cool action with Liam Neeson making outrageous things to survive in the arctic freeze. Maybe he would fight off a single wolf with a knife? That would be great. Sadly, it wasn't so. I walked out of the movie about half way through. I already knew what would happen in the end.

Morons & yobbo blokes movie

Hey all you low IQ deadbeat foul mouthed animal hating aggressive violent losers out there quick hurry your movie has arrived on the big screen!! The Grey!! Catch it while you can .. You'll Love it!!

Mary

I hated this movie. Total crap. I hated seeing the wolves get murdered. I do not believe that wolves would even hunt humans like that. As they like all wild animals avoid all humans when they can. What's with the last scene after the credits?? I waited but no last scene was shown. Total waste of money & time. Give me "girl with the dragon tattoo" any day over "the grey" garbage. Tattoo rates 10/10. Grey rates -1/10.

Ben

Worst movie yet

Jamey aus.

Exselent horror flick and good onya for finaly making a film about killer wolfs.

10 of 10 from me.

kim

best movie of 2012… by far…

katherine brady

I love animals of all kinds and I know for certain that wolves do not behave this way. also the story is just not believable. I would know because I do hike and am very athletic and know about survival techniques. The writer and producer should apologize for portraying the wolves this way. it is horrible! as someone else says, wolves are endangered and to portray them this way puts them in more danger with people who are actually gullible regarding this movie. I would not recommend it to anyone. I walked out of the movie the first few minutes!!

Ben

This film for myself, is the worst moronic example of any sort of survival story. First and foremost when a commercial jet crashes in some unkown location, a Search and Rescue Team is dispatched including Helicopters and Aircraft. The search is focused on visual aircraft wreckage. As such, if there were any survivors they would be found in or near the wreckage. To leave the broken fuselage that represents shelter from the elements as well wolves, bears etc. is an example of complete stupidity that without any trace of logic or reason.

No one from the cast even attempts to approximate their location relative to the departing airport, village, town or city. No cast member demonstates any knowledge of magnetic or true heading in order to even choose a direction to begin their stupid death march. The idea or notion of walking in sub-zero climactic conditions without any food, water or deterent against wolves, bears etc. is not only an excellent example of human stupidity, but ensures their ultimate death.

This pathetic script does not demonstrate any repect for the forces of nature or the species of animals that inhabit the terrain, not to mention the vast majority of sub-species known as humans. If Hollywood can produce any garbage film, and take in 50 million dollars for a week-end that is all that matters. The idea of making an action film that has any accuracy or reality associated with the story plot, is not necessary because they are strictly in the business of making money with no educational value. It appears Liam Neeson needed the money ?

edgar

This movie was amazing! *ALL SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ON* People keep crying about how it made no sense that they left the safety of the plane in order to stay alive. Well, as former veteran i know a little about having to survive in the wilderness, especially in the cold. The shell of the broken plane actually creates a colder atmosphere, as the cold temperatures are absorbed by the metals in the wreckage. Their likely-hood of freezing to death would have been greater had they chosen to stick around. Let us not forget that they crashed in a wide open space which worsened the wind chill factor ten fold due to the lack of obstacles in the winds path of resistance. Leaving that area would have been a good idea since the forest provided a natural barrier to the wind, not to mention an added source of burning material. It was clear early on that they had began to run low on fuel as well. No fuel equals no fire. There are only so many things that could catch fire in the wreckage, and even then it would have been hard to start a fire without a good source of ignition. Wood burns easiest. Another thing to consider is trying to find a meal. In the wilderness animals use the forest as shelter. That would have been the place to look for meals (as it is made clear at the end of the movie). Another complaint I keep reading about how calm the men seem to be amid all the impending danger lurking in the shadows. I can honestly say that after having been put in some pretty dramatic life altering events I have had my share of very similar moments that might seem too fake for anybody who has never had to live through such dramatic moments (and i hope that most of you never have to). It is a type of calm and acceptance that takes over you when you have no choice about the dangers you might be in (ask a veteran). Lets move on to how put off people are with the fact that one of the men took a leap of faith across that cliff. I do not know how else to put this, but these men just survived a plane crash, and have been getting picked off on by one either by nature or wolves up to this point. I think that taking a leap of faith at point is a pretty easy thing to do, given their present state. Lets move on to how people keep complaining about the vulgar language… really? I do not know that even requires an explanation, but here are some key factors to take in: a bunch of oil riggers (sexually deprived), cold ass weather, wolves, plane crash, starving, no internet! I would be cursing like there was no tomorrow, and in these men's cases that is exactly what they were doing. Moving on, it was frequently mentioned that the portrayal of the wolves was so inaccurate. Over and over i kept reading about how wolves do not act like this, and how there have been so few, if any recorded incidents were wolves attacked humans. As much as i agree with a lot of this, we must also remember that we are sitting in a movie theater were having a pack of mild wolves would have made for a pretty neat family venture, not to mention change the ending drastically. It would have been a petting fest of a movie. Another thing to consider is that although wolves are not likely to attack unprovoked, they are still wild animals who, like most animals, will become very territorial if an outsider comes into their hunting grounds (which in this case, that is exactly what happened). Towards the end of the movie Neeson's character fails to save a man from drowning and then finds himself drenched in freezing water. When he gets to his final location he begins to take off his heavy soaked jacked and seems to not even feel the effects of the sub-freezing environment. This type of numbness happens when the body is shocked beyond its limits. At that point he was just feeling weighed down by his heavy jacket. It is advised to remove soaking wet garments when in an environment such as this, so as to prevent from freezing any faster (you would normally try to build a fire to try to warm and dry your clothes, but we all know he did do get around to doing that). The final scene is just a hit or miss with people. some people went in thinking it was wolf punching extravaganza (i admit i was one of those too, the trailer may have misled some folks), but i came out of that theater with new found respect for how he decided to end it. After all, the movie was deeper that anybody expected it to be. And after such a poetic face off with the alpha male, throwing in a CGI team death match would have ruined it for me. But i really do understand why people would be mad about not seeing it. In the end, though, the pieces just seem to come together. And when you understand how they do come together, the movie ends up being one of the best films i have seen in a long time. I hope that people will find this review to be helpful. Go see THE GREY!

Four Thumbs Down

Four Thumbs Down from wife and me on The Grey. The lead actor and the trailer drew us in but the film marginally delivers on what it promised and we walked away disappointed and cheapened by the experience. We should have read the reviews before making the uninformed decision to watch this mess on Valentine’s Day. The good: Action! The first two thirds are packed with nearly real-looking wolves chasing and battling the humans but the movie slows to a crawl in the final third of the film. The bad: The inaccurate portrayal of wolf behavior; I’m no expert but their behavior seemed too humanized. The film had a weak script with far too much profanity, which dimmed the action to some extent for us. How much of “what the f*, what the f*, what the f*” every second or third sentence can the script use and still have meaningful dialogue. The blasphemy was way over the top and I don’t think I could deliver those lines as an actor without fearing some kind of consequence. My ears are still ringing with his cursing of God with much gusto and flying spittle. These men mostly riddled with bad character and no hope because of circumstances or life’s poor choices are battling for their hopeless lives with even more hopelessness sprinkled in for good measure. Did I mention the bad language? Yes, people do talk like that and yes people live their lives with no hope and no faith but I think the movie played that character up rather than down, as an equal to the action or maybe even a theme to the movie rather than just a minor place in the film of men trying to survive. It was too much “in your face” for us to really enjoy. We were hijacked! Yes, its just a movie and yes it’s my fault because we stayed to the end but I was holding out hope for some worth that would cause me to feel differently but that something never materialized. So now, I am not only disappointed in the film and its ending but also even more disappointed in myself for staying and that’s why I am writing this. Don’t go see this film if you like feel-good movies with good endings or movies with a hero theme or if you are sensitive to non-stop profanity. However, if you like hopeless, in your face movies with some good action, marginal script, a bad ending and laced with the F bomb more times than you can count from start to finish then this is the movie for you. For those strictly in it for the action, leave roughly after the 75 – 90 minute mark.
Side note: there were definite moments of men pulling together and showing courage but that played second fiddle to the flaws previous noted. If you want to see how lost-in-the-wilderness-with-a-wild-animal-trying-to-eat-you was more beautifully done, see The Edge with Anthony Hopkins. The Edge has a feel-good hero ending and The Grey does not, but that’s not my point. When the action slowed down in The Edge, the dialogue kept it interesting; profanity and bad character were also knit into the film but did not overtake the film as it does in The Grey.
Maybe the point in the Grey was that when hopelessness battles a hopeless situation, hopelessness wins out.

Tim

I have to agree with Leonard on this one. I seriously disliked this film. It's a bleak survival film, with no hope or survival. The only thing the film delivers on is tenseness. The story goes nowhere. If there's a point, it was lost on me. Save your money. You'll only be disappointed.

Alicia

I LOVED this movie.

I thought it was a great blend of action and suspence.

I loved the illustration and dynamic of the relationships.

For a movie about wolves – it was quite poetic.

iHatethisMovie

this movie sucked big time. i mean, this movie was so stupid i am glad that i didnt pay to see it. the dude who was my date that paid for it was probably mad cause he will never get the hour and a half back from his life that he WASTED watching this crap!!!!

mickey paraskevas

This movie was marketed as "JAWS on ICE" and the stunning allegorical nature of he movie was not what the audience expected. It's a brutal movie about the fight for life in a cold world….

Jane

For all you people who hated the movie from the beginning, or from the middle, or a particular scene, or when the profanity started, then why didn't you leave at the beginning, or the middle or that particular scene or when the profanity started? No, you stayed with it until the end because YOU CHOSE TO. I was disappointed in the ending, otherwise, it delivered the chills and thrills. As for the profanity, many, if not most movies have profanity and if you're not used to it by now, then rent or only go to movies that have no profanity, or else, stay home! By the way, how many of you use profanity in your own homes? Movies provide a diversion from your normal life for the 1 or 2 or 3 hours of the movie run. Deal with it!

Robert

For all those out there that did not like the movie…….your all stupid and have zero emotions. Yea so what there was barely any background story about who the people are or how they got there. Clearly the only reason why Liam was even working there was because his wife died and he just wanted to get away from the world. Yea if that happened to me i would say fuck it to, whats the point of doing anything but be a loner. And wouldnt you want to try and hide in the woods rather than be stuck out in the open with wolves that could get you whenever you go pee. Plus the didnt have any food,what are you gunna do eat the dead people. If you did not like this movie then go watch some stupid action movie that will never happen in real life, suck it.

Brenda

I think the movie was just fine. I did learn alot about Wolves and their habits. I always love Liam Neeson movies he is such a great actor. My favorite movie he plays is Taken.

TRISH

I am sorry with all the special effects no plot movies out there I thought this stood out for a,change. I thought the actors delivered good performances, I think most people today get caught up in fast paced blow them up,scenarios. Not comfortable with personal dramas anymore…..Liam favorite actor of mine did an outstanding job. I have been going to movies for years and have seen some really bad movies.I was afraid at first this movie was going in a usual Hollywood direction,but I got caught up in the story and it delivered for me.
Michigan

Frany Bi.

They should have all died in the plane crash…This film was a waste of $$!

Trish

What a disgrace to the wolves and humanity….. only the uneducated use that f. word, like it was used in that film , I wanted to leave , it was soo gross and went no-where … Refund Please, for the cost of two tickets at abc Star Theater… If you read all the comments , you will see , that movie was a total dud…. how could something like that be considered entertainment???? No wonder our world is so messed up …. get a life , lets have movies with some true depth… The public needs an apology for not adveritsing that such as it was….SICK!!!

Patti

The Grey, was one of the worse movies , I have ever been too, no story, no plot, I feel like it was a waste of my time and a waste of money… It was gruesome!!!! and shallow, with no story about , where these men were going, and why, I hope no-one else waste their money on this one….

Bear

Wow are you kidding me, stupid doesn't come close to describing this total waste of breath. What was Liam thinking.

Michaelson

My wife, sister-in-law and I just got back from viewing this film. This is the single most disappointing film I have ever seen in my life. If they eliminated all the profanity, there were probably 5 words used in total by all the actors involved. We came close to walking out of the film when the cursing finally seemed to slow down…..and then that ending?! I agree. We were totally screwed out of the price of 3 movie tickets tonight.

njeri

I want my money back. The Grey is the dumbest movie I've seen in years. Please don't waste your money. Just wait until it comes on cable. The ending was STUPID!!

Judy

Just came home from this movie…hated it. For one thing I think it does a disservice to wolves; how they act, sound, survive.

Diane

Awful, stupid is as stupid does. Hopefully the Alfa wolf put him out of his misery.

Norm

Read "Call of the Wild" or "To Build a Fire", and pass on this film, that should be used as fuel in a rescue fire…It' s "Greatness" is subjective at best…numbing or otherwise…

Bob Voorhees

The fatuousness and shallowness of many of the comments on this movie are a bit numbing. The movie can be rightly seen as an homage to Jack London, and to write a review without mentioning London and his themes is a disservice to the flick. This is about "nature red in tooth and claw." The apposite word is "verisimilitude". Surely this is either exactly (or close to it) what WOULD happen if such a group survived the crash in the location and under the circumstances that they did. It's hardly the world of overweight Americans sitting in a theatre stuffing their faces with popcorn and candy. Read "To Build a Fire" or "Call of the Wild" and then see this superb film again.

GRANNYGOOSE

THAT WAS THE WORST MOVIE I EVER SAW…I CAN'T BELIEVE LIAM WASTED HIS TALENT ON DOING THIS MOVIE…HE MUST BE STARVING OR SOMETHING~~~DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS ONE!!!!! THE LANGUAGE IS TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EBL

http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/2012/01/grey-movie-this-film-may-be-okay-but-it.html I give this movie a thumbs up for offending both those on the left and the right.

Jon

What a waste of time & talent! Within 90 minutes I was just hoping for the wolf to finally eat Liam to put us, the audience, out of our misery!
Such a preposterous script; leaving the shelter of the plane, resouces, where rescuerers would begin looking for survivors, etc. to head for the woods to escape the wolves (their natural habitat)? At least leave a message at the plane wreck of which way you are heading!
And then when they tied the clothes together to make it to the otherside of the river to get away from the wolves? But immediately when they got to the other side, so were the wolves! Now how did they, the wolves, do that???
Who would try to out run wolves in 2 feet of snow? A stupid man, not a wolf hunter!
And who would survive falling into a frigid river, only to take off your coat, gloves, etc. and stroll through the woods with just a wet sweater on unaffected; fingers limber enough to leisurely browse through a bunch of wallets!
And then his note, that was still readalbe after getting drenched in the river, now that's good permanent ink!
Save your time & money, and if you are a Liam fan, wait to spend $1 a Red Box when it's released on DVD and you can fast-forward through this poorly done film…

S

I loved it!

bj

I agree that the movie was a waste of time. it was pointless. you just watch everyone die. and I agree the end stinks. and who can't write a script where every other word is the 'f' word. calling God out the way he did… movie character or not would would be a bit scary to me … i'd hate to have to anwswer to that when i'm face-to-face with HIM.

Logan

I'm pretty sure all of you guys missed the entire point of the movie. If you went to watch Liam Neeson beat up wolves, then sure, I can see why you are disappointed. But the movie has a whole lot of heavy stuff to say about life and man's attempt to live it. And if you somehow missed it all up to that point, the scene where Neeson calls God out near the end of the movie should have put it all into perspective for you. This was definitely a great movie.

Zack

Im 12 and I hated it. First, I thought it was scary,because I am easily scard. Second, I thought it was depressing at the end with the wallets and showing his wife and all of that. So, I thought it was a rip off,I WANT MY MONEY BACK!

Doug

Did not live up too its advertising.it was at best ok the ending really stunk. listening to everyone else as we walked out of the theater. They were disapointed in it too. I would like my money back,or better yet my time.

Nate

Not worth your time. Unless you like wasting 2 hours watching people swear as they die one by one with no hope of anything after death… Give me something Real

moon wolf jax

I've been watching Liam Neeson since he played Blackie in A Woman of Substance. Been a great actor, not interested in being in every celebrity magazine and had a good career. You mention Liam needs a better movie for his talents. On this occasion he did not have to accept and I feel he has unfortunately some what ruined the respect from many of his fans and Wolf lovers worldwide.

Ron

You should report about the national boycott of the movie "The Grey" through the internet and various animal rights groups because of the films reported animal rights abuses up to and including eating wolves to "get into character", shooting a real wolf on camera for a scene in the film, and possibly using an actual wolves head as a prop in the movie. Go to wildearthguardians dot org or BoycottTheGrey on facebook for info.

Norm

ReWrite: O.k. trapped after a plane crash in the harsh snowy environs, Liam(Quee-cong) Neeson , battles a group of werewolves , the leader named "Batman" is played by Jack Nicholson, a former writer bitten by another wolf, doomed to live life on all fours, but he has a taste for human flesh. David Cronnenberg plays the Batmans sidekick, "Psycho Wolf." Neeson , in a desparate attempt to stay alive, negotiates with the wolf leader, and sacrifices all of his friends one by one to stay alive. Then Neeson is recued by the Millenium Falcon, and never seen again, except , a sword left in the snow, with the initials, "R.R."written next to it…
at least it has action…

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