Message Isn’t Black & White in THE GREY

When thrust into a violent Alaskan landscape where death seems almost certain, a formerly despondent man suddenly manifests an incredible will to survive, to fight, to lead a group of men through the wilderness and combat the wolves at their heels.

Less an action film and more an essay on naturalism, on what it looks like to truly build on Bertrand Russell’s firm foundation of unyielding despair. It evokes Solomon’s lament about the similarities and differences between man and beast in Ecclesiastes 3.

The film is an incredible treatise on why we choose life and fight to survive that demands conversation with a mixed crowd. Does the ending satisfy? Why or why not? Like it’s name, The Grey doesn’t give a black and white answer and crashes that plane across the landscape of conversation. Go deeper in our short video review…


  1. Joey Brantley

    I enjoyed your take on this film. Though I’m surprised you didn’t comment on the part when Ottway was cursing and questioning God, his desperate pleading for help and wanting to believe. I found that to be an especially powerful scene.

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