‘The Grey’ 60-Second Trailer & TV Spot: More Plot & Wolf Battles [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated December 23rd, 2011 at 2:16 pm,

the grey liam neeson tv spot The Grey 60 Second Trailer & TV Spot: More Plot & Wolf Battles [Updated]

[Update: Check out a new minute-long trailer for The Grey!]

Liam Neeson (re-)joins forces with his A-Team director Joe Carnahan, for The Grey, a short story-based project (co-written by Carnahan) that pits a pack of burly oil rig workers against every obstacle Mother Nature can throw their way – including, destructive winds that cause their personal jet to crash, freezing Alaskan weather, dangerous and remote winter landscapes, and a pack of wild wolves who wouldn’t be out of place in a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.

A new 90-second TV spot/trailer has been unveiled for The Grey – one that doesn’t feature a whole lot in the way of new footage, but does include a bit more expository dialogue that provides some additional insight in the film’s (admittedly, pretty basic) plot.

Here is the official lowdown on the movie’s narrative and primary cast:

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.

‘The Grey’ also features Frank Grillo (Warrior), Dermot Mulroney (About Schmidt), Dallas Roberts (3:10 To Yuma), Joe Anderson (Across The Universe), James Badge Dale (upcoming World War Z, HBO’s The Pacific), and Nonso Anozie (Conan The Barbarian).

Now check out the minute-long trailer and extended TV spot for The Grey below:




Neeson looks to deliver a powerhouse performance as Ottway, the rugged leader of the stranded survivors in The Grey – and a man who is comforted (haunted?) by memories of his deceased (?) wife. While the film’s cast as a whole is pretty strong, Carnahan’s new project appears to serve foremost as a showcase for Neeson’s dramatic and physical acting chops, as partly evidenced by the now-iconic scene teased here and in previous trailers, ie. when his character ties shattered bottles to his knuckles and faces off against a blood-thirsty wolf.

On that note: the wolves in The Grey do seem a bit out of place (re: over-the-top) tonally with the rest of the movie, which looks to overall be a very grisly and down n’ dirty thriller, full of grounded action sequences and set pieces that take advantage of the actual Alaskan forestry. Still, these sorts of man vs. nature stories (see: Moby Dick, Jaws, etc.) are never focused on realistic portrayals of animal behavior; they’re always exaggerated for theatrical effect. So long as everyone keeps that in mind, that aspect of the film shouldn’t prove to be a distraction for most people.

The Grey will hit theaters around the U.S. on January 27th, 2012.

Source: AMC Theaters

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  1. For some reason, if I was stranded in a snow filled desolute mountain range after a horrific plane crash I would want Liam Neeson nearby.

    • it were cool,if they had gaved bear gryllz a cameo. he is the king of survivaltrainers and yet become iconic at discovery-channel!

  2. Haaa I hear you there, looks good.

  3. Yeah.. You had me at Liam Neeson.

  4. it lost me with the description that included both the words “rogue” and “pack” in a single sentence referring to wolves.

    by their very nature, rogue wolves are NOT part of a pack.

    • Well there ya go – I guess that confirms that the entire movie will suck.



      • He has a point, though.

      • Vic, to be fair, I did NOT say the entire movie will suck.

        I said that for myself, that type of error is a complete turn-off.

        I find it so odd that you choose to respond to my minor posts in this manner. I sometimes wonder if you ever read anything on this blog. It seems to me that ALL people do on this blog is either rave about the latest fanboy “film du jour”, or they sit and compete at who will come up with the “wittiest” put downs and insults for the beat-down victim of the week.

        There is very little “in between” on this website. It’s really all or nothing. I don’t necessarily mean the reviews and articles about films (if I thought they weren’t any good, I would not bother to come here and read them every day).

        But the posters’ comments have a very strong tendency toward this type of extreme love/hate approach to all films. And if you should happen to be in a minority who happen to appreciate a particular film while the majority are hating on it, well, YOU yourself become a victim of scorn.

        Since we all – in theory – love movies, shouldn’t we also allow that others can love things we don’t? There are a ton of movies I didn’t care for. I have never gone out of my way to demean or belittle someone who DID like those films.

        Shouldn’t the forum part of this blog be about sharing the passion? When I hate a film, I love to hear what those who loved it thought, and why they loved it. Sometimes, it can be enough for me to give a film a 2nd chance. There are so many things to love about the art of film making. And there are so many more aspects to it than acting, script and s/fx.

        • Mike,

          I was just having a little fun with you, didn’t think I’d offend you so. And saying “it lost me at…” to me says that you “no longer have any interest in”.

          As to your comment about extremes when it comes to opinions – welcome to the internet. I’m not a fan of that either, FYI. We’ve worked hard to keep conversations civil and intelligent here, but as the site has grown more and more popular it’s attracted more and more “typical” internet denizens – and it’s become more difficult to stay ahead of “drive by comments.”

          And there ARE times when films getting little details wrong get under my skin, too.



  6. The article here was deadly wrong when it mentioned that this film would be enjoyable as long as people remembered that it was fiction. The problem is that most people cannot tell the difference between reality and fiction. When Jaws came out, it incited furor against sharks and they are still getting killed by the millions, faster than they can reproduce. This film, The Grey is rather ironic of a sad sort of way since the Gray Wolf is misinterpreted hugely.

    As posters have already indicated, wolves are not “rogue” packs. Packs are family units, where the parents are the leaders (Alphas), those in charge of There are standard members of the pack. And then usually the former elders or even those ordained to the task of peacemaker or comedians to bring levity to the pack are the Omega rank. Wolves are some of the smartest and compassionate beings on Earth. They are not unlike us really with our structures in terms of family structure.

    We fear what we don’t understand still, even when there is more than enough material that educates that the wolf is not dangerous, but we are more dangerous to it. Sadly the wolf is slaughtered in aerial culls that are sanction by the Alaskan Government. The government has done a poor job of protecting these animals who are maligned to this very day. The wolves got recently delisted illegally in the Northern Rockies and soon in the Great Lakes if left to the decision of the governments there. They are under threat under these uncertain times like all of us in the human species. We must band together to survive.

    People say that “Oh just remember it’s a film so you can enjoy it”. Well, propaganda films did the same thing. Look what happened with that. Famine, Pestilence, War, and Death.

    These are the times of peace and goodwill toward others. Don’t see this film. There are those who truly need the money. Not movies like this. It’s those who suffer, regardless of human or animal.

    Mike Wagner
    Heart of the Wolf Organization

    • Mike,

      I do hear what you’re saying and I am familiar with the negative impact films like Jaws have had on the animal species portrayed therein.

      That said – this IS a work of fiction and it IS being released, so the least I can do is remind people “It’s just a movie, don’t take it seriously.” I know there will be people out there that do, but I’d like to think most people will know right off the bat that this isn’t meant to be a remotely realistic portrayal of wolf pack behavior.

  7. I think bear gryles is a tool, Survivorman was a way better show because he was actually left alone to survive, but seeing as how the average American would rather see a man consume elephant crap than learn to survive man vs wild is more popular