THE GRAY MAN (2022)
An exhilarating cinematic ride from start to finish, Netflix’s The Gray Man is an absolutely manic film that delivers thanks largely to the performances of Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans.
Based on the bestselling novel, the film follows a secretive CIA operative (Gosling) who uncovers secrets about the agency and is hunted down by a psychopathic former CIA agent (Evans). Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, The Gray Man is a globetrotting adventure that jumps from country to country while weaving a layered story that mixes parts of The Bourne Identity with the 007 films. The story could have used some more fleshing out and there are loose ends that I can’t wait to explore in what I expect will be future films, but the film never slows for a second, instead keeping viewers hooked on every move and every word. Though Gosling is excellent in the lead role, beefed up and convincing, Evans is the one who steals the show with his portrayal of an intelligent, yet insane and unethically ruthless killer. Add in the solid Ana de Armas, Billy Bob Thornton, Regé-Jean Page, Jessica Henwick, Dhanush (who is tragically underutilized), and Alfre Woodardand you have a well-rounded cast.
The action is non-stop, loud, and exciting, though often crazed with drone shots that are used more than a Michael Bay film. It’s fun, it’s funny, it never lets up. Set upon beautiful locations and scenery that rivals some of the best destination films, The Gray Man is a visual feast for the eyes. Aside from being the best Russos movie outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this is the best action flick of 2022 and a perfect summer blockbuster that demands to be seen on the big screen. It also cannot be stressed enough how great Evans is as the antagonist. More Lloyd, please!
The Gray Man hits select theaters this Friday and Netflix on July 22nd, 2022.
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