Netflix's The Gray Man Review

Joe and Anthony Russo have done incredibly well in the past decade with their phenomenal work in the Marvel universe.

So, to find their voice past Marvel Studios, the brothers have teamed up with their Captain America writers and Netflix to adapt the best-selling thriller, The Gray Man. 

It’s a recipe for success. The results, however, aren’t as good as you’d expect.

The Gray Man follows Six (Ryan Gosling), the CIA’s most skilled operative, whose true identity is unknown. When he accidentally uncovers some dark agency secrets during a job, Carmichael (Regé-Jean Page), the head of the CIA, puts a bounty on his head.

On top of that, Carmichael hires a psychopathic mercenary (Chris Evans) to find Six by any means necessary.

As you might expect, The Gray Man is a movie packed with so much vehicular destruction, chases, and explosive gunfights. So much of the visceral appeal of the action sequences in The Winter Soldier is on full display here.

Aside from all the spectacular action sequences, most of The Gray Man feels hollow and offers little in terms of characterization. You won’t find the essentials of an excellent film either.

Things like storytelling, compelling characters, or arcs that change the characters by intriguing and dramatic events are severely lacking. Not to mention, none of the characters are worth caring about either.

The cast has fun with the thin characterizations and is completely game with the Russos’ vision. Ryan Gosling is cool, calm, and collected (like his character in Drive) as Six.

Evans reverts to his sarcastic prickly persona and hams it up as the film’s central antagonist, Lloyd Hansen.

The Gray Man isn’t the kind of film that’s intellectually stimulating or dramatically satisfying. While it doesn’t have brains, the movie has enough brawn to make it a perfectly entertaining way to spend two hours.

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