The gray man is Netflix’s latest attempt at a blockbuster action movie, based on Mark Greaney’s 2009 spy thriller novel, It’s been ages since I’ve watched a classic, and quality action movie, The Gray Man fits the bill nicely!
For the Gray Man, directors Anthony and Joe Russo re-team with a few of their Marvel Cinematic Universe Collaborators, including writers Christopher Markus and Stephen Mcfeely, and Captain America himself ‘Chris Evans’!
This movie has a budget of $200 million making it the most expensive Netflix original ever! Also assembling a star-studded cast: Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Rege Jean Page, Billy Bob Thornton, and Dhanush Raja, the storyline was pretty simple just like most spy thriller movies, A skilled CIA operative discovers dark secrets by accident and finds a bounty on his head while assassins chase him.
It is the directorial skills, a star-studded cast, mixed with the right classic, successful combination a good action movie needs, The Gray Man is truly a success!
The best part of the movie was Chris Evans, playing as opposite of Captain America as he can get with his retro mustache look playing a sociopathic contract killer Lloyd Hansen was such a visual treat! You can tell he was having fun playing the bad guy! but still managing to make the bad look good!
Ryan Gosling was the most beefed-up I’ve seen in his career, and you can tell he’s put in a lot of effort in this movie, epic fight sequence, carrying his serious manner (explained by a back story) flawlessly.
It’s a rare treat to see 2 big stars such as Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans share the screen space, each time Gosling and Evans face off it’s such a visual treat, especially for the ladies!
A surprising touch to the movie was adding South Indian Star Dhanush to the movie, which gave the movie the necessary diversity required, and I must say he did steal the show with his silence and lethal portrayal of his role.
If you wanted more of Ana de Armas in No Time to Die, you’ll be satisfied here. She gets way more screen time than the Bond movie and many moments to kick some ass. The actress also proves that she’s capable of leading an action film, too. She’s on a different side than Evans
Meanwhile, Bridgerton fans will get a chance to see a very different side of Rege-Jean Page in his role as the Group Chief. Put it this way, his character would fit right in as a Bond villain as ruthless as possible.
The Gray Man is a non-stop thrill ride full of jaw-dropping action, intense fight sequences, and funny and 70’s inspired dialogues, with a dream cast highlighted by a deliciously evil Chris Evans as our new favorite villain.
Must watch the movie on the big screen, to get a better feel of the movie and to enjoy the action in the best way possible!
PG – 13