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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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    79%
  • Audience Score
    61%

common sense

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

  • Tomatometer®

    79%
    reviews counted: 20
    see all The Grey reviews
  • Audience

    61%

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

Fresh: Memories of The Grey will melt away before spring's first sunny day, but it will satisfy both fans of Neeson's serious performances in films like Kinsey and those who line up for his more recent spate of I-will-kill-everyone flicks.

- Alonso Duralde, The Wrap, Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rotten: A handsome but gabby take on the standard survivalist thriller that's more concerned with lofty metaphysics than which poor blockhead is about to bite it next.

- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, 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

In this wilderness adventure that pits man versus nature, hunter Liam Neeson becomes the hunted as he leads a handful of plane crash survivors through the most adverse of conditions while being stalked by a pack of wolves. To be honest, I found the premise to this film to be about as promising as such films starring Troy McClure, but Joe Carnahan at the helm and Neeson's towering presence convinced me to give it a try. Thankfully, The Grey is far from the usual macho chest beating that you see in a lot of wilderness adventures, the director instead showing how man stripped of his technology is little more than one of the beasts he finds himself hunted by. Neeson once again revels in the part of a rough and tough pragmatist and it's nice to hear his native accent again, and although the supporting cast are very much playing second fiddle to the charismatic lead, they all acquit themselves well. But it is their hostile environment that is the true star of the show, with some spectacular scenery combined with nature at its most brutal. Some very atmospheric photography and excellent sound design puts you deep in the ravages of the Alaskan wilderness and despite the predictability of the plot it makes for a tense, involving thriller that ends in the perfect way.

- garyX, Friday, March 28, 2014