“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.”

Director: Athhony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Mark Greaney (Base Off Book), Joe Russo, Anthony Russo
Staring: Ana de Armas, Jessica Henwick, Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans
Release Date: July 15, 2022

So here we are. Here it is. The return of The Russo Brothers. After the poorly received Cherry (2021), we have the men returning to top-ceiling genre: star-driven over-the-top action.

Court Gentry (Ryan Reynolds) is an elite government operative who enjoys operating in the shadows and staying under the radar. Gentry’s world is thrown upside down when he goes up against a former colleague, Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans). Now Lloyd is unhinged, and his uproarious habits include getting Gentry on the bounty list for many of the world’s most dangerous international assassins.

So that is the plot, but is that what everyone is coming to see?

We have Gosling’s first movie since First Man (2018). From 2015 to 2018, Gosling was always a sure fire hit at the box office, whether it was Oscar worthy entertainment like La La Land (2016) or the beloved cult The Nice Guys (2016). Gosling is playing in a true action movie…for maybe the first time ever? The movies that has been in that include action or violence are always weighted; take Drive (2011) or Only God Forgives (2013). This is pure action. This is also an attempt at a franchise by Netflix. If they coup Gosling as the face, then they are in great shape.

In The Gray Man, we also get to see Chris Evans act like an asshole again. He is doing his best to get rid of the Captain America good-guy persona. Evans was delightfully dreadful in Knives Out (2019) and this looks to be another notch in his belt as a great-to-root-for-bad guy. What makes it even cooler is that he appeared to have turned down the hero role for the villainous part. When you have a guy that wants to be the bad guy, then you have it good.

Oh, and we have Ana de Armas back doing action movie magic like in No Time To Die (2021). Dani Miranda works with The Gray Man for the CIA, but there are some snippets of her holding a knife with blood on her face. Dani is not just working behind a desk. She is in the game.

The Gray Man is based off of a book series written by Mark Greaney. There are eleven books in the series thus far, with the newest one having come out this year. Don’t ask me which book it is that The Gray Man movie is based off of, but there seems to be plenty of material that the Russo brothers can work with.

The Gray Man hits Netflix on July 15, 2022. Let’s all pray this is a better franchise starter than Red Notice (2021).


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