"The memories of your life, whatever they might be, they make you want the next minute for more than the last. Makes you fight for it." says Liam Neeson, who was forsaken in a cruel wilderness in the movie 'The Grey' (2012). Films of hair-raising terror about people doing unspeakable things to each other are very easy to find nowadays. People can always outsmart people. But movies about helpless humans versus uncontrollable nature are rare.
The Grey is based on the short story “Ghost Walker,”which is a physically and philosophically grueling survival thriller that pits a small group of plane-crash-surviving oil workers against the stark, unrelenting brutality of the Alaskan wilderness.
PlotJohn Ottway (Liam Neeson) works for an Alaskan oil refinery. He can't stand the men he works with, many of whom are ex-cons; they strike him as dull, stupid, and violent. He includes himself in their number given the fact that he walked out on his beautiful wife long ago and has nothing left inside him except a sea of regrets. Ottway gets so depressed one night that he tries to commit suicide with his rifle but the howling of a wolf stops him from pulling the trigger. When the plane carrying him and other workers crashes in the frigid wilderness, only six others survive.
Each hour that gets harder. Building fires and finding food is tough enough. Fighting off packs of white wolves is the real threat, as well as snowstorms, a miles-high narrow pass, which are hard to endure. These people are not exactly team players, and they don't take well to Ottway seizing a leadership position. However, it quickly becomes apparent that he is the only one of them with a working knowledge of wolves -- handy -- and their behavior.