With the Russo brothers (Avengers 3 and 4) at the helm and a Chris Evans-Ryan Gosling duel, The Gray Man has arguments to be Netflix’s summer blockbuster. Is this action movie worth watching?
What is it about?
“Gray Man” is the code name of CIA agent Court Gentry, aka Sierra Six. Recruited from federal prison by his case officer, Donald Fitzroy, Gentry was once a fearsome CIA hitman. But the situation has drastically changed: Gentry is now the target of Lloyd Hansen, a former CIA sidekick, absolutely determined to track him around the world to eliminate him. Agent Dani Miranda has him covered – and he needs it.
Who is it with?
This new Netflix production brings together an all-star cast. Among the headliners of The Gray Man are Ryan Gosling (Never Forget, La La Land, First Man), Chris Evans (former Captain America and Marvel), Ana de Armas (Knives Out, No Time To Die), Regé-Jean Page (Bridgerton) and Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist, Matrix Resurrections).
But that’s not all because the secondary characters are not left out, it consists of Alfre Woodard (Desperate Housewives), Billy Bob Thornton (Armaggedon, Fargo), Wagner Moura (Narcos), Julia Butters (revealed in Once Upon A Time. . . in Hollywood), Michael Gandolfini and finally Kollywood star Dhanush.
Netflix released the heavy artillery for the new blockbuster The Gray Man and pitted two stars of the big screen against each other: Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans. The first is the CIA agent Sierra Six, the second is Lloyd Hansen, a former CIA agent now working on his own, who will track the first around the world.
This spy thriller is freely adapted from the novel of the same name, the first in a literary series by Mark Greaney, an action specialist who also helped Tom Clancy for his last novels before his death and who continues the universe of Tom Clancy and the adventures. said Jack Ryan afterwards.
So the source material is not lacking in fight scenes, chases and shootouts and its cinematic adaptation is also not stingy with action and explosions. Fans of the genre will be satisfied with The Gray Man as a whole, which benefits from a sustained pace, numerous sets and impressive fight and chase sequences.
It must be said that we owe this entertaining film to Anthony and Joe Russo, the director brothers who canned the Marvel films Captain America and the Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Even if they don’t do lace, the Russo brothers know how to put on a great show.
With The Gray Man, they enjoyed a lot of shots with drones, explosions and a good dose of special effects, even if some hurt the eyes. Everything is done to make James Bond, Jack Ryan or even Jason Bourne pale and the Russo brothers pull out all the stops to honor their stars with a bang.
A triumphant return for Ryan Gosling
Although it is far from changing the genre and lacks depth, The Gray Man is a very effective film that fulfills its promises in two hours and that allows Ryan Gosling to make an explosive return to before the scene four years after the First Man. The actor excels as an overtrained CIA agent and hitman with codes of honor.
Opposite him, Chris Evans also delights in the skin of this evil sociopath with a well-tended mustache and crazy sense of humor. Their confrontations are very entertaining and it is worth noting that the fight scenes are expertly choreographed and well sequenced.
But they are not the only ones who will offer a great performance since here is Ana de Armas’ delicious opportunity to do more than her – already brilliant – scene in No Time To Die and give her all in her muscular confrontations. Same thing for Dhanush, the Kollywood star, who has joined forces with Hollywood stars in a genre he has mastered.
The young Julia Butters, revelation of Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood, pulled out of the game and formed an excellent duo with Ryan Gosling, although the association of anti-hero and child to protect was seen already and checked on the big as well as the small screen.
The rest of the cast more or less does the job of the stereotypical characters assigned to them, especially Billy Bob Thornton as a recruiter and mentor, Regé-Jean Page as a shadow manipulator and Jessica Henwick as an agent torn between his principles and his ambitions. .
Still, The Gray Man is great fun, even if it sometimes lacks subtlety and surprise. The film of the Russo brothers is one of the highest baskets of recent Netflix products – above Red Notice – with the same budget (200 million dollars), the biggest of all time for the platform!