->''"Once more into the fray. ''
->'' Into the last good fight Iíll ever know.''
->'' Live and die on this day.''
->'' Live and die on this day."''

''The Grey'' is a survival thriller starring Creator/LiamNeeson and directed by Creator/JoeCarnahan. The film centers around a group of UsefulNotes/{{Alaska}}n oil workers who get caught in a plane crash on the way to Anchorage, and have to both survive the wilderness and fend off attacks by dangerous man-eating wolves.

The film was released in January 2012, and while some animal rights groups boycotted the film for its "questionable" portrayal of wolves, it was well received critically with critics praising its surprising substance, suspense, and Neeson's particularly powerful performance.

!!This film contains examples of the following tropes:
* ActionSurvivor: Pretty much everyone is way out of their element, deep in the Alaskan wilderness, and their only goal is to survive the sub-zero temperatures and wolf attacks.
* ArcWords: "Live and die on this day..."; "Don't be afraid."
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: [[NeverTrustATrailer The film's trailers, at least,]] do a very poor job of giving the impression that the writers understand real wolves[[note]]Perhaps explaining the protests by animal rights advocates.[[/note]], which are known to be skittish around fire and humans, whether or not they've encountered them before. It's handled better in the actual film, where it's revealed that the survivors were treading very close to the wolves' den -- the cause of most violent wolf encounters in RealLife.
%% * BearsAreBadNews: Averted in a deleted scene.
* BolivianArmyEnding: [[spoiler: The film ends with Ottway surrounded by wolves and getting ready for the big showdown with the alpha wolf, a knife in one hand and broken liquor bottles taped to the other. TheStinger reveals the wolf lying on the ground, mortally wounded (in a callback to a wolf breathing heavily similarly earlier in the film), and Ottway's head - only seen from the back - resting on the wolf. Whether or not Ottway survives is up for debate.]]
* BrutalHonesty: Ottway's shtick, but he really outdid himself when he used it as a way of comforting a dying person.
-->'''Ottway:''' You gonna die, that's what's happening.
* CaliforniaDoubling: The film was shot in British Columbia, which often doubles for Alaska.
* CanisMajor: The Alpha is huge, black, and has an impressive, mane-like ruff around his neck.
* ChallengingTheChief: We can hear one of the wolves challenge The Alpha and mere minutes later the same happens with the human pack. [[spoiler:Both Alphas win.]]
* ChromosomeCasting: The flight attendant is the only female character with spoken lines and existing outside sparse flashbacks or visions. She's there for a single scene.
%% * ClusterFBomb
* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler: Ottway's wife is revealed as dead for years]].
* DecapitationPresentation: Diaz cuts off the head of the wolf they killed and cooked and brandishes it in defiance of the wolf pack that surround them.
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler:This is part of the reason Diaz decides to stay behind, along with his bad leg. He doesn't feel there's any reason anymore.]]
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Almost all of the survivors eventually end up dying either to the elements or to the wolves.]]
DramaticIrony: In the very end Ottway discovers [[spoiler: they were getting deeper and deeper into the wolves territory all the time, right to the point of reaching the den in the final scene]].
* DrivenToSuicide: Ottway contemplates this in the opening scene.
* DwindlingParty: The wolves pick them off one by one. Either that, or the Alaskan environment.
* EarlyBirdCameo: All of the main survivors appear in the bar at the beginning of the film, including Diaz who (very much in-character) starts a minor brawl.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Played with in that everyone is dead or dying by the end, which should make it a direct tragic ending. However, Ottoway finally finds closure, accepts both his and his wife's death, and confronts his fears.]]
* ExposedToTheElements: Not as much subverted as kicked right in the balls. First thing Ottway does after regaining conscious is searching for a wool cap and then - a jacket. Later, everyone is wearing few layers of clothes and improvised additional covers and ''still'' visibly trembles from cold. [[spoiler: Not to mention characters dying out of exposure]].
* FightToSurvive: Trying to get out alive after crashing in the Arctic, while being stalked by wolves.
* GiveMeASign: After [[spoiler:the death of Hendrick, the only other survivor]], Ottway screams at the heavens demanding help from God. [[spoiler:It never comes. Although, he did keep seeing his wife throughout the movie, telling him he shouldn't be afraid. Maybe they were memories, maybe they were visions.]]
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] -- wolves have reflective eyes to improve night vision.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Twice.
** The first instance is when [[spoiler: Talget is dragged off by the wolves and a tree blocks us from seeing him get ripped apart.]]
** The second instance is when [[spoiler: Diaz is left behind. We hear sticks breaking, and the growling getting closer before it cuts away.]]
* GreatWhiteHunter: Ottway is described as such by [[EthnicScrappy Diaz]].
* ImprovisedWeapon: A few. Early in the film, the others fend a wolf off Ottway with various detritus from the crash. Later, Ottway fashions one-use spears from a stick, some tape, and a single shotgun shell. Finally, as shown in the trailer, Ottway uses a few empty bottles of airline-sized liquor taped between his fingers as a knuckleduster.
* IWillOnlySlowYouDown: [[spoiler: Diaz tells Ottway and Hendrick that he can't continue any further after suffering a knee injury. He makes peace with them and himself before they move on.]]
%% * {{Jerkass}}: Diaz. He gets better.
* JumpScare: A couple, mostly involving -- you guessed it -- the wolves.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler: Not one person who got on that plane survives, with the exception ([[TheStinger maybe]]) of Ottway]].
* LastNameBasis: Up until the tearful [[spoiler: goodbye with Diaz]], where it turns into FirstNameBasis.
* LastStand: [[spoiler: If Ottway wasn't going to survive, he was at least going to go down fighting.]]
* TheMedic: Henrick, who is the one treating all injuries and with actual medical knowledge.
* MilesGloriosus: Diaz considers himself a {{badass}} who isn't afraid of anything, and mocks Ottway for admitting that he's scared. He's quickly shown how foolish his bravado is.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: ''"It's their fuckin' den!"'']]
* NatureIsNotNice: The freezing weather, lack of food, and presence of wolves are all treated as completely impersonal rather than actively malicious, and Ottway's RageAgainstTheHeavens moment makes his helpless fury in the face of such indifference very clear.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The marketing traded very heavily on Liam Neeson's [[ActorAllusion fame]] from ''Taken.'' The movie itself is decidedly ''not'' "Bryan Mills punches wolves to death for two hours."
* NoEscapeButDown: The remaining survivors get themselves cornered on a top of a steep cliff, with choice of either being eaten or jumping on nearest tree over a ravine and [[BedSheetLadder tying an improvised rope for the rest]].
* NothingIsScarier: While we do have plenty of scenes with the wolves onscreen, there are other times where we only hear them.
* NotSoDifferent: Ottway and the Alpha, both are doing everything necessary to protect their Packs. Ottway even goes as far as making makeshift claws out of a knife and broken bottles during the [[spoiler: LastStand ]]
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:The promised fight between Ottway and the alpha wolf is never shown on screen. We get a brief shot after the credits of the aftermath, but it's too close up to really tell the outcome.]]
* OneDimensionalThinking: [[spoiler:When Henrick's leg get jammed, both he and Ottway try to pull it out, instead of pushing on the other side of the log and then just standing above water surface]]. For their credit, they were both acting on pure reflexes and Ottway had no clue what is going on.
* OneSteveLimit: Both Ottway and Diaz are called John. They share a laugh after realizing this.
* PeacefulInDeath: Ottway does his best to make the first man's death this way -- instead of telling him he's going to be fine, he says straight out, "You're going to die. That's what's happening." Then he encourages him to think about whom he loves, and let her take him.
* PlummetPerspective: The guy hanging from the rope loses his glasses when looking down into the abyss.
* PrimalFear: The entire film runs on this and never lets up.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: "Fuck faith! Earn it!"
* RedHerring:
** The [[spoiler: GPS tracking watch.]]
** The [[spoiler: sawed off tree the survivors find before reaching the cliff. If there was civilization anywhere close to that point, the survivors never find it.]]
* TheReveal: What exactly Ottway meant when he said [[spoiler: that his wife "left him."]]
* SavageWolves: The plot of the film. Highly aggressive and fiercely territorial, these wolves have never encountered humans before.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler:Inverted, perhaps even given a RussianReversal. The shaggy wolves get the humans]]
* ShoutOut: Talget's cap, a black cap with the yellow letters "WY" are the same colors of the Weyland-Yutani logo from ''Franchise/{{Alien}}''. Creator/RidleyScott, director of ''Alien'', produced this film.
* SignatureRoar: The alpha wolf's snarl/roar is instantly recognisable, and Ottway identifies it as a challenge.
* TheStinger:
** [[spoiler:Ottway and the alpha wolf lying in a heap after their fight, barely alive. Due to the closeness of the camera, you can only see the wolf's side breathing heavily, and the back of Ottway's head resting upon it. Whether or not either of the two will survive is up for debate, though think about the following two points:]]
** [[spoiler: The heavy breathing of the wolf is a deliberate callback to the beginning of the film, where a mortally wounded wolf is breathing similarly before Ottway ends its misery.]]
** [[spoiler: Ottway's head is ON TOP of the wolf, implying that Ottway collapsed after the wolf did, and may in fact only be resting, catching his breath after the (no doubt) demanding fight.]]
*** [[spoiler: On the other hand, we don't see him move and it's rather more likely that he simply succumbed to his wounds after the wolf did and that the rest of the pack is waiting for him to bleed out.]]
*** [[spoiler:In place of that, it's pointed out in the Fridge Briliance of the YMMV that he may have succumbed to hypothermia. A sympton of hypothermia is a false feeling of warmness, and Ottway removes his jacket, gloves, and hat after climbing out of a freezing river, implying this.]]
* SuperPersistentPredator: Or rather, predator'''s''', hunting in a pack. Justified by the fact that they are in the wolf pack's personal territory, and as such are being hunted because they're a threat rather than purely for food. [[spoiler: Further justified by TheReveal that they've been heading straight ''towards'' the pack's den, making the aggressiveness very understandable]].
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The shot of [[spoiler: Ottway creating the makeshift bottle knuckles and beginning to fight the Alpha]] doesn't come up until the very end.