‘The Grey’ Trailer: Liam Neeson vs. Mother Nature

Published 3 years ago by , Updated December 2nd, 2011 at 12:27 pm,

the grey liam neeson The Grey Trailer: Liam Neeson vs. Mother Nature

Early footage released from co-writer/director Joe Carnahan’s The Grey has included what seems destined to become an iconic image: that of a bearded Liam Neeson, gritting his teeth as he charges down a wolf, armed with nothing but broken minibar alcohol bottles taped to his fists.

A new full-length trailer for The Grey has been unveiled, and like the teaser trailer, it focuses primarily on painting the film as a high-octane, cinematic adrenaline rush, with Neeson’s character serving as the heart and soul of the “man vs. nature” storyline. Not surprisingly, this new preview also climaxes with the Neeson/wolf battle.

Here is an official description of the film:

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.

What the above plot synopsis for The Grey neglects to mention is that Neeson’s drive to survive emanates largely from memories of his beloved – an idea that has been heavily emphasized in both of the movie’s theatrical promos.

That said – check out the new trailer for The Grey (following the introduction by Neeson and co-star Frank Grillo):

Carnahan is well-experienced in the art of directing violently visceral thrillers (see: Narc, Smokin’ Aces) and also has a talent for crafting bombastic-but-fun action set pieces (see: The A-Team). In The Grey, he looks to put both abilities to good use while delivering more of an understated, yet gritty and exciting, cinematic thrill ride.

Even though the film’s “evil wolves” do (so far) come off as over-the-top, that seems to be very much intentional; in a sense, Mother Nature as a whole is portrayed as a semi-metaphorical monster that is determined to kill the main characters, be it by ice storm, frozen rivers, or collapsing snow-covered cliffs. So, tonally, The Grey seems pretty consistent and balanced.

While the film’s cast includes pretty decent actors like Grillo (Warrior), Dermot Mulroney (About Schmidt), James Badge Dale (Shame), and Dallas Roberts (3:10 to Yuma), it is Neeson who is clearly going to do the bulk of the heavy (dramatic) work. Hence why there was all that early buzz about the movie being given a brief release in 2011, so that Neeson could become a contender in the ongoing Oscars race.

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The Grey will be unleashed in theaters around the U.S. on January 27th, 2012.

Source: Moviefone

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  1. Do you think it would be too much to request that you guys include a direct link to the videos you post on here instead of just embedding them so those of us on mobile devices can have an easier time seeing them?

    • You’re so needy Ken. :)

    • We’ve been directly linking more videos of late. However, since Moviefone has the exclusive on this particular trailer, we’re only including their embed of the trailer (for the time being).

  2. This looks like a fun ride. However, as with almost all man vs wild animal movies, this promises to show these wolves exhibiting a lot of non-wolf-like behavior. So few documented attacks by wolves on humans have occurred that you can almost say it doesn’t happen. The idea of a pack of wolves relentlessly following and hunting down a large group of humans is more than a bit absurd. As a wildlife biologist, I notice and get irritated by these details. Still, it does look entertaining and I’ll still see it, so it probably doesn’t bother me that much!

    • I remember reading a similar complaint about Jaws, and that film was highly entertaining as well.

      • It’s a good point. Personally, whenever I watch a “man vs. nature” movie, I tend to assume the “evil animals” (sharks, wolves, etc.) are either meant to be some sort of a metaphor – or just greatly exaggerated for dramatic effect.

  3. Liam Neeson vs Mother Nature.
    Liam Neesons gonna punch her in the face. Hard. With some sharp gloves.

  4. Take it. Just take my money now, movie theater. Liam Neeson = 12 bucks out of my pocket. And yes, that includes Battleship.

  5. I’ll be cheering for the wolves

  6. So basically this film is about Liam Neeson vs Chuck Norris???

  7. Okay, so this new Liam Neeson flick is “The Naked Prey” meets whatever that movie was called with Alec Baldwin and Sir Anthony Hopkins which came out yearrrss ago? How creative and original!!!! I’m going to be cheering for the wolves, too. I hope the wolves make their second stop, the home of whomever gave this film the green light.

    I’m patiently waiting for the Alien prequel… just holding my breath.

  8. Don’t get me wrong, this is like number 6 on my 2012 list but this trailer literally does nothing for me. i’ve seen the teaser a lot so perhaps thats the problem but if this was the first thing i’d seen of it it would be “ok”. teaser is way more effective in my opinion and doesnt spoil how they go about surviving. they crash, they fight conditions and wolves. short and sweet. i have to admit though for this, not introducing the wolves until half way in is a good way to floor all the people that are going to compare this to “Alive” or god forbid “Frozen”

  9. When he taped those small glass bottles to his hand and broke them did anyone else think Wolverine? lol.

    • haha wow I thought the exact same thing when he taped those bottles to his hand and took off running! I’m excited for this one and will be on of the first movies I see in the new year. Even though Liam Neeson will be hauling the bulk of the work, I’m also curious to see how the other cast members will contribute.