The Gray Man (\N)

When the CIA's most skilled operative-whose true identity is known to none-accidentally uncovers dark agency secrets, a psychopathic former colleague puts a bounty on his head, setting off a global manhunt by international assassins.
  • 6.5 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2018-09-07 Added:
  • Mark Greaney, Joe Shrapnel, Anna Waterhouse, Writer:
  • Christopher McQuarrie, Director:
  • Palak Patel, Joe Roth, Producer:

Trailer:

6 / 10

An Impossible Bond is Bourne...

The suicide squad recruiter makes the call, you're out of jail but you know they'll let you fall, information is passed on, now it's time to make a run, as from the shadows, mercenaries start to trawl.

A full blown, in your face, aggressive, violent, wild embrace, whose editing is a bit suspect, not that original, but has effect; you've seen it several times before, not sure it leaves you wanting more, some stunts are quite over the top, usually against a great backdrop - and apart from Captain America, everybody else plays themselves.

8 / 10

Finally a Great Netflix Action Movie

Netflix finally made a good high budget action movie that strays away from the high budget action comedies with middle of the road action and comedy they have been making like Red Notice and The Man From Toronto. All this movie needed was great action and enjoyable character performances and a serviceable story and it delivers. The action in this movie can range from a little choppy to very slick but it's overall really good. Chris Evans as a villainous maniac is absolutely amazing to watch and Ryan Gosling and Ana De Armas are simply bad asses. Definitely worth seeing in the theater rather than Netflix.

9 / 10

I liked it! Captain America meets John Wick

This was fun and action packed! Had some great one liners too. I haven't seen Ryan Gosling in a minute, I'm glad he's back! Chris Evan was great, he delivers his comedic a lines with as much force and his punch. I say it's a fun, high octane way to spend 2 hours. There's eye candy and fighting for all.

8 / 10

The critics say "The Gray Man" is bad - that's how you know it's good

A non-stop thrill ride from beginning to end, "The Gray Man" boasts an impressive action set piece every ten to twenty minutes; so those with short attention spans - such as myself - can rejoice, as the Russo brothers have crafted a movie where viewer entertainment is top of mind.

Holding a staggering 52% rotten critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, it should come as no surprise that audiences, contrarian as they are, are highly enjoying this movie. And while I often find my own opinion to sway side to side like a pendulum from the critic score to the viewer consensus, in the case of "The Gray Man," I am planted firmly with the audience. Admittedly, the critics, pretentious as they seem to be, may or may not have some valid complaints; the film can be said to have a lack of innovation and ingenuity with its storytelling, and in terms of its purported "bland" visuals, the movie is rather dark, which caused me to squint and strain my eyes in the theatre. Besides those two things, however, "The Gray Man" is a super solid action film that constantly pumps adrenaline into the veins of its viewers.

With the breathtaking, neon drenched opening sequence, you will immediately recognize that there is competency behind, and in front of, the camera. Ryan Gosling and the gorgeous Ana de Armas are thrust front and center in the introduction, and their stoic, serious performances also demonstrate a dedication to quality - this isn't your typical Netflix production that's meant to only be viewed on your laptop monitor. A masterclass in tension building, the opening action sequence alone will tell you all you need to know about "The Gay Man" - it delivers. Expertly helmed with smooth transitions from hiding in plain sight stealth to John Wick style shootouts and Bourne-esque hand-to-hand combat sequences, the first fifteen to twenty minutes of the movie contains some of the most exciting and impressive looking scenes of action that I've seen in a film, period. From Gosling silently taking out enemies in the midst of New Years fireworks to engaging in a fist fight in the middle of said fireworks display, my jaw was planted on the ground as soon as this movie started. And the intensity didn't stop there.

A fight on a military aircraft that ends in a desperate dive back down to solid ground? Check. A city market shootout that turns into a city-wide car chase? Check. A sneaky house invasion that goes from quiet to guns blazing at the drop of a hat? Check. With "The Gray Man," the Russo brothers put their talent of action on full display by making literally every single action sequence seem like it should be taking place at the climax of the film. After every set piece I found myself thinking, "Surely things can't get any bigger from here," and the next set piece always upped the ante and blew my expectations out of the water. The minimal use of shaky camera and hyperactive editing will also ensure a clear line of sight with most - if not all - of the action, empowering viewers to feel absolutely immersed in what's occurring on screen.

Ryan Gosling is as handsome, muscular, and attractive as ever in his role as Six, a man who has a particular set of skills that you probably don't want to be on the receiving end of. Foregoing the quiet hero performance that so many other movies wanted him to emulate, "The Gray Man" allows Gosling to be charismatic, a suave talker who is as smooth with his words as he is with his proclivity toward violence. Chris Evans also got jacked for his performance as Lloyd Hansen, a merciless killer who actively enjoys inflicting pain on others. The film pits Six and Lloyd against each other in a Evans v Gosling match up that I never even knew I wanted. Evans looks like he is having an absolute blast in his role, seemingly more comfortable playing a villain than he was as a superhero. And as a Gosling fan I may be a bit biased, but I of course thought he was great in the movie; there is no Oscar-worthy acting at play here, but it's clear that everyone is playing their part professionally.

"The Gray Man" is a movie that is being lambasted by critics - that's the only sign you need that it's actually going to be good. This is a very thrilling action film that I am legitimately looking forward to watching again when it releases on Netflix. If you're a fan of action movies, you cannot go wrong here. Sure, the film may have benefited by being a little bit brighter visually, and there were a few moments of iffy editing, but none of the cons overpower the astounding action pros.

7 / 10

Don't review this film UNLESS YOU'VE SEEN IT

Stop reviewing films based on the trailer and saying - oh ye it's gon be good. Because that's a false review. I've had it. There's too many of these reviews without having watch the film and giving critics.