The Grey

Theatrical Release: January 27, 2012
The Grey


In The Grey, 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 – and a vicious pack of rogue wolves on the hunt – before their time runs out.

Dove Review

This is an extremely intense survival film which features some real irony. John Ottway (Liam Neeson) has shot wolves a few times and never winced. Sometime later he winds up in a plane headed for Anchorage and the plane crashes and now the wolves are hunting him, as well as several others too. The wolves attack viciously and blood will not be spared.

Despite some real suspense in this movie and the viewer’s concern for the characters, and its message of death and its eventual certainty, the movie is literally filled with profanity and curses, hitting a five on our content chart. The violence chart hits a level four as there are several bloody scenes and the strong sexual remarks add up to a four, so all combine to prevent us from being able to award this film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A man refers to having sex with a woman and he uses a slang word, a strong one, to say it; slang is used for testicles; a couple of crude remarks using slang, referring to male genitalia; a comment about being impotent; a "faggots" comment; a comment about condoms; sexual slang for having sex and the mention of "clap".
Language: GD-4; G/OMG-5; J-6; JC-2; F-152 (2 used sexually); S-51; H-4; SOB-2; Slang for male genitalia-4; A-11
Violence: A wolf is shot and we see blood on its mouth; a man is in a plane that goes through heavy turbulence and finally shakes and crashes; wolves heard fighting; some very bloody victims both alive and dead after plane crash and a man's wound squirts blood; a man's bloody leg after wolf attacks him is seen; a man's leg is bloody after a fall through the trees; two men fight and one has a knife; a wolf attacks a man; a man kills wolf and repeatedly stabs it even after its dead; wolves chase men; man falls into water and drowns; a man is punched in a bar and another character's head is slammed on table.
Drugs: Several drinking scenes; the flashback of a character drinking; a comment about Jack Daniels; a few scenes of smoking.
Nudity: Cleavage.
Other: A lot of disrespect as characters call each other names and use profanity; a few jump scenes including a scene with the wolves and a man bolting up in bed.


Company: Open Road Films
Writer: Joe Carnahan & Ian Mackenzie Jeffers
Director: Joe Carnahan
Producer: Joe Carnahan
Genre: Action
Runtime: 117 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter