Starring: Liam Neeson, Dallas Roberts, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, Nonso Anozie, Joe Anderson, Ben Bray, James Badge Dale, Anne Openshaw, Peter Girges, Jonathan Bitonti, James Bitonti, Ella Kosor, Jacob Blair, Lani Gelera, Larissa Stadnichuk
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Action survival drama directed and co-written by Joe Carnahan. The Grey (2011) follows a team of Alaskan oil workers who are flying home for a much-needed vacation. A brutal storm causes their plane to crash in the frozen wilderness, and only eight men survive, including sharpshooter John Ottway (Liam Neeson). As they trek southward toward civilization and safety, Ottway and the other survivors must battle mortal injuries, the icy elements, and a pack of hungry wolves.
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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, a**holes. Men unfit for mankind.
Ottway: There’s not a second that goes by when I’m not thinking of you in some way. I want to see your face, feel your hands in mine, feel you against me. But I know that will never be. You left me, and I can’t get you back. I move like I imagine the damned do, cursed. And I feel like it’s only a matter of time. I don’t know why I’m writing this. I don’t know what can come of it. I know I can’t get you back. I don’t know why this has happened to us. I feel like it’s me. Bad luck. Poison. And I’ve stopped doing this world any real good.
Ottway: [as he’s contemplating suicide] “Once more into the fray into the last good fight I’ll ever know. Live and die on this day. Live and die on this day.”
Flannery: [as their plane is experiencing turbulence] Hey, guys, do yourself a favor, don’t do that head-between-your-knees crash position s**t if this f***er goes down.
Flannery: [after their plane crashes] Oh, my God. That guy’s cut in half. What the f***!
Ottway: Don’t look! Don’t look at it. Don’t look! Look at me. Look at me!
Flannery: My hand’s f***ed. My leg’s f***ed. Ah! F***!
Ottway: It’s good. It’s good that it hurts.
Flannery: Is it good?
Ottway: It’s good. Yeah.
Flannery: Well, then I’m f***ing fabulous.
Ottway: We crashed.
Hernandez: No. No. No way. That’s bulls**t. That’s f***ing bulls**t. I’m just asleep.
Ottway: We crashed.
Hernandez: I was just sleeping. Like there’s no way that could’ve happened. What about the pilots?
Ottway: The pilots? What are you talking about? The plane’s gone, man. It’s in pieces.
Lewenden: It don’t feel right. Something feels really f***ing wrong.
Ottway: Listen, listen. You’re going to die. That’s what’s happening. It’s okay.
Ottway: Look at me. Keep looking at me. It’s alright. It’ll slide over you. It’ll start to feel warm. Nice and warm. Let it move over you. It’s alright.
Ottway: Let your thoughts go. All the good things. All the good things. Yeah? Who do you love? Who do you love, Luke?
Lewenden: My girl Rosie.
Ottway: Is she your daughter?
Lewenden: She’s six.
Ottway: Let her take you then. Let her take you. It’s okay. It’s okay.
Lewenden: [as he takes his last breath] Wait for me.
Talget: [referring to Lewenden] Did you feel…
Talget: I felt him go.
Diaz: You happy, f***head? You had to open up your fat f***ing mouth. You had to keep talking. You had to pu the whammy on us.
Flannery: I didn’t do s**t. Did I f***ing crash us? Huh? I didn’t do s**t.
Ottway: We need a fire. It’s about ten below and dropping. So we don’t die. We build up a fire, then we find food. And at daybreak, we figure out what way is south, and we start walking. Nobody’s going to find us. Not here.
Ottway: If they send fifty planes, maybe they’ll find us. But they won’t send fifty planes because it won’t matter. Because we won’t have time to wait for the one or two that they will send.
Diaz: Corporate doesn’t give a f***. Corporate doesn’t give a f***. Nobody gives a s**t about us. You know how much payroll they just pocketed in this crash?
Ottway: If we don’t move, and work now, we’re all f***ed. Unless you want to freeze to death, because that’s the one thing that will come for you.
Talget: We got to do something with the bodies.
Diaz: F*** the bodies! F*** the bodies. The bodies! Grab what burns. Or you’re going to be a body.
Burke: Relax, Rambo. Relax.
Flannery: You f***ing relax. Tell me to relax.
Diaz: I got a book. It’s called We’re All F***ed! It’s a bestseller.
Ottway: [after he’s been bitten by a wolf] Maybe I’ll turn into a wolf man now, huh?
Flannery: Wait. That s**t’s not real, right? You mean, he can’t.
Diaz: A**wipe, what do you think? Really?
Flannery: I don’t know, man. I meant, like rabies, or whatever. I didn’t think the m**herf***er was going to grow claws and teeth and s**t.
'Once more into the fray. Into the last good fight I'll ever know. Live and die on this day. Live and die on this day.' – Ottway (The Grey) Click To Tweet
Ottway: [referring to the wolves] They’re probably only passing through.
Hernandez: Wait a minute. Passing through as opposed to what?
Ottway: Living here. Hunting here. Wolves have a territorial range of about three hundred miles, and a kill range of thirty. If we’re close to their den, and if we’re within that radius, then they’ll come after us.
Hernandez: Well, how can we tell if we’re close?
Ottway: We can’t. They might’ve just been feeding. There’s bodies everywhere. I threatened them. They attacked.
Flannery: I thought wolves were scared of people.
Ottway: Not if we’re near their den. They’re not scared of anything then.
Flannery: What kind of wolves are they? I mean, what do they call the ones that just eat plants and s**t?
Ottway: They don’t call them wolves.
Henrick: Herbivores, that’s what you mean.
Ottway: That’s wishful thinking.
Diaz: When did you become king s**t f***ing animal expert all of a sudden?
Ottway: They paid me to kill those things, to keep them from killing you. So it makes sense for me to know they’re man-eaters, and they don’t give a s**t about berries and shrubs. There’s blood in the air. And there’s death. They know we’re wounded. They can smell it. Hopefully they won’t f*** with us. We need to move these bodies out of here. And then we’ve got to find food.
'It's this world that I'm worried about, not the next.' - Ottway (The Grey) Click To Tweet
Diaz: [as he takes a dead man’s wallet] That’s nice, my friend. That’s calfskin. It’s very nice. Not cheap. Since you c**ks**kers didn’t give us a holiday bonus, I’m going to accept this on behalf of my homies.
Ottway: Put that back. Put it back! We’re not looting dead bodies for swag.
Diaz: You got lucky today, Ottway. You should be lying there with them. Don’t push it.
Ottway: I’m not going to say it again!
Diaz: M**herf***er, take a big step back!
Ottway: I’m going to start beating the s**t out of you in the next five seconds, and you’re going to swallow a lot of blood for a f***ing billfold.
Talget: By my account, I’d say we have about enough booze for you guys to get drunk two more times. After that, then we’ll all be sober.
Flannery: Bunch of dead bodies all over, man. You want to make sure you know where that meat came from. You know, t’s like that movie where they start taking chunks of frozen a** out of that guy.
Hernandez: The plane crash. That dude from Training Day?
Flannery: Right. That’ would be f***ing funny as f***. That was like dead a** on a stick. Or you thought like a severed d**k was a hotdog, right? That’s too f***ing funny.
Diaz: I wish some of the other dudes would have lived.
Ottway: [after the wolves surround their camp] We’ll take two-hour shifts. I’ll start. You guys get some sleep.
Diaz: Yeah, like that s**t’s going to happen.
Burke: [after they find Hernandez’s remains] Jesus Christ. They ate him.
Ottway: They weren’t eating him. They were killing him.
'Those things from your life, whatever they might be, make you want that next minute more than the last. Make you fight for it.' - Ottway (The Grey) Click To Tweet
Ottway: [referring to the wolves] We’re a threat. We don’t belong here. That’s it.
Diaz: What they might do? Are you f***ing kidding me?
Ottway: Hey. They pi**ed all over this place. They mean to tag it. We can’t wait them out, we’ll starve.
Diaz: [to Ottway] Nobody nominated you s**t, by the way. It’s getting to that point in the evening, girls. F***ing to each his own.
Henrick: What the f*** you talking about. Diaz? Come on, man. You wouldn’t last five f***ing minutes out here.
Diaz: [referring to the plane crash] I survived that. This ain’t s**t. I’d find a way through, with or without you.
Diaz: [as the others are taking the wallets from the dead] Grab as many as you can. Waste as much f***ing time as you can. I’m going to sit here with my friend, Jack Daniel’s, and waste some time of my own.
Flannery: Why don’t you just f***ing help us, man?
Diaz: Oh, I’m helping you. I’m helping you. I’m warming up, man.
'I don't want to argue. I just want to rest. I just had the clearest thought. I'm done. I'm done.' - Diaz (The Grey) Click To Tweet
Diaz: Key to survival, fellas, getting them wallets. Getting them wallets.
Hendrick: I feel like we should say something. I mean, all these bodies. All these people that died, it doesn’t seem right to just walk away. I don’t know any official prayers. So, I guess, God bless these men. They were, some of them, our friends, and we could be lying here with them. So thank you for sparing us and helping us. Oh, and keep that up if you can.
Talget: [after Flannery is killed by the wolves] Why didn’t we just stay with the plane?
Ottway: Come on. They would have surrounded us.
Diaz: How the f*** do we know they’re not doing that right now? F***ing genius.
Ottway: We’re still better off in the trees.
Diaz: Yeah, we’re better off. Go tell that kid, you f***.
Talget: What the f*** was that?
Ottway: The alpha. They went at him. He put it down. Whatever that challenge was, the alpha put it down.
Henrick: How are we going to deal with this?
Ottway: We kill them, one at a time. Tip the numbers. That’s what they’re doing to us.
Ottway: You jab with it when the wolf gets close. Hit them hard. Let it get real close. It’ll work. It’s like a bang stick. The round discharges, you pull it loose, you still got something sharp to create distance. Unless you want to fist fight them. There you go. One shot a piece, guys. Make them count.
Diaz: Really, boys? This is what it’s come down to, huh? This MacGyver bulls**t? Okay. Good. I appreciate a good laugh as much as the next guy.
Diaz: Talget, you’re carrying all that booze. Let’s break it out.
Henrick: I recommend rationing what we have.
Diaz: I recommend you kissing my a**. What are you, the booze police now?
Diaz: You f***ing guys with your rules, and your orders, and bulls**t. Where are we? Look around. This is F***ed City, population five and dwindling. Two days, three maybe, if we really pull our s**t together. And who’s in charge of that right now? This f***ing guy? The Great White hunter? And his jerry-rigged f***ing wolf sticks?
Talget: Why are you constantly breaking balls and b**ching about everything?
Diaz: Because I want to live, m**herf***er. Do you understand that? I don’t want some timber wolf s**tting me out on this mountain.
Ottway: You’re scared.
Ottway: You don’t need all that nonsense, all that chest-puff bulls**t. What’s wrong with being scared?
Diaz: I’m not scared.
Ottway: You’re not?
Ottway: I’m terrified.
Diaz: I can tell.
Ottway: And not an ounce of shame in saying it. I’m scared s**tless.
Diaz: That’s because you’re a punk. I don’t walk through this world with fear in my heart.
Ottway: You picked that up in the pen? Somebody scribble that on the day room wall?
Ottway: [to Diaz] Talking tough means jack s**t now. You’re not scared? You’re a fool. Worse, you’re a f***ing liar.