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The Grey

action & adventure, drama, thrillers

Liam Neeson leads an unruly group of oil-rig roughnecks when their plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Battling mortal injuries and merciless weather, the survivors have only a few days to escape the icy elements.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
4 out of 5
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
2 out of 5

Bloody wilderness survival story has lots of violence.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Grey -- a wilderness survival movie about oil workers who live through a plane crash in the frozen wild and must avoid being devoured by wolves -- has very strong violence, including death, gore, and blood, plus wolf attacks and a scary plane crash sequence. Though it's an action/adventure movie, it's very much geared for adults. Language is strong, with multiple uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as other terms. Sexual innuendo pops up in the men's conversations, though there's no other sex or nudity. And there's some drinking and minor smoking.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about The Grey's extreme violence and gore. Does it seem gratuitous, or does it fit in with the story and themes? Does it have more or less impact than what you've seen in horror movies? Why?
  • What's the appeal of the "wilderness survival" genre? How do you think you'd do in a situation like this one?
  • Is the main character a positive role model? Could anything make him a better one?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It's a fine, tough little movie, technically assured and brutally efficient, with a simple story that ventures into some profound existential territory without making a big fuss about it.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, January 26, 2012

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Survival Drama with information to survive. (+) Liam Neelson always teach me in survival situation (-) If you curious about the trailer that he fight the wolf one on one, that's the ending.

- fb1019018362, Monday, December 3, 2012

2 stars

2 and a half

- YodaMasterJedi, Wednesday, November 14, 2012

3 stars

A decent survival drama/thriller as a group of men try to survive a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness with a pack of Wolves on their trail. Neeson seems to be the flavour of the year at present and does another good job here. The only problem is the story is a little bleak and tries to carry a message about death and the afterlife as well. Which starts fairly subtle before cropping up quite regularly towards the end. It has a very short scene after the credits as well. Reminded me of The Edge as well.

- Deano78, Friday, November 9, 2012