- Awesome Music: "The City Surf" by Jamin Winans, played while Ottman readies himself for his Last Stand. A pretty powerful, tear jerking Lonely Piano Piece in context.
- Harsher in Hindsight: While it is a bit predictable, finding out that Ottway's wife has been Dead All Along is still deeply saddening, especially after really connecting to Ottway by that point. Then, you realize what Liam Neeson has been through in real life.
- Idiot Plot: The entire plot is started by Ottway; in defiance of any survival guide such as this one, he decides the group should start walking away from the crash site just because there are wolves nearby. This is also in spite of the fact that the crash site has shelter, fuel, and materials to make weapons with. This gets everyone (including himself) killed.
- Jerkass Woobie: Diaz. Sure he's a violent jerk to almost everyone but not only does he witness most of his friends and coworkers die (especially Talget who he tried to save and ended up breaking his ankle), he himself decides to be left behind and is presumably eaten by wolves. And the entire reason why he decides to do so? Besides his bad leg, he simply doesn't feel the reason to survive/live anymore. To make this worse when Ottway makes a shrine out of the wallets of everyone else who died he opens Diaz's wallet to find no pictures of loved ones like everyone else's. The only thing in his wallet is his drivers license. In short, Diaz was a scared and lonely man so considering that and what he had to go through until his death it's hard not to feel sorry for the poor guy.
- Narm: The returning declamation of the short poem (narmalicious by itself already), accompanied with slow classic music and general slow-mo. It didn't work the first time and neither it did after n-th.
- Retroactive Recognition: Most of the Red Shirts accompanying John Ottway have since become highly recognizable character actors. Especially Frank Grillo, who would go on to play Crossbones in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Visual Effects of Awesome:
- They filmed in a real wilderness in Canada and it looks beautiful. The wolves are also not CGI, but (mostlynote ) animatronics and puppetry, and they still look really good...and TERRIFYING.
- Hell, the film features Sound Effects Of Awesome as well. In the theaters you will feel the power and intensity of the plane crash and your bodies will quake from the sounds of the wolves. . .
- The Woobie: Pretty much everyone.
YMMV / The Grey