Whether he’s starting an Irish Revolution, fighting kidnappers, mentoring Batman, or starring in a George Lucas debacle, we love us some Liam Neeson. In The Grey, Neeson plays John Ottway, a remote oil company worker (with a very particular set of skills, of course) whose plane goes down in an Alaskan blizzard. Ottway leads the surviving oil workers toward safety, battling hunger, plane crash wounds, the elements, each other… and a pack of territorial, man-eating wolves. Needless to say, not everyone makes it out, and MacGyver-like survival techniques don’t work in this reality.
Directed by Joe Carnahan, The Grey packs a surprisingly emotional punch between harrowing scenes that’ll give you a new appreciation for your pampered, internet browsing life. The movie also wades into the larger theological questions that come with almost certain death. If you’re looking for an exciting guy’s movie that will simultaneously erase the memory of Neeson in Love Actually, and make you reconsider ever flying in winter, this should do it.