Ryan Gosling in The Gray Man (2022)
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The Gray Man: Movie Review (2022)

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The Gray Man is an action movie directed by Anthony and Joe Russo Starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans.

Star and action-packed movie for Friday entertainment. Remember to have the popcorn ready!

Synopsis

Former convict (Ryan Gosling), is recruited by the CIA, under the op name Sierra Six. Fast forward more than a decade, he is sent on a mission by his newly appointed superior, who happens to have gone rogue, and is up to no good. Six finds out about his boss’ double-crossing when his target, manages to tell him the truth about Six’s boss just before collapsing dead. Enter the next baddie: the former CIA operative, Lloyd, who has been hired to liquidate Six. Six knows too much now. And so, the action begins, with plenty of chases, bings, bangs and booms.

Ana de Armas in The Gray Man (2022)

Movie Review

In good action-packed movie style this feature is sheer entertainment. The plot does not take center stage, hence as a viewer one doesn’t really care about why the main character does this or that.

It is not an original and innovative movie, and it certainly is not a movie that will challenge the rules of the genre, which it follows religiously, and its sole goal is to take us, the audience, from one quick conflict to another, at times dizzying. Pure staging, chases, fast frames, and many special effects…. the Russo brothers bring us a spectacle that is less sophisticated than what many might have expected. It is though, a movie that you can watch simply to be entertained for its duration, but it is superficial, and does not leave mark. However, on a more technical note, it is well put together in terms of filming quality, and of course, the great cast – who have already proven their talent in other movies and more dramatic roles.

Let’s continue being honest here, there is no way to shine as an actor in this particular movie, the characters are so predefined by clichés and that it hardly requires much versatility as a performer – other than the physical endurance.

Ryan Gosling in The Gray Man (2022)

The dialogue is laden with tough-guy retorts and remarks, which elevate the entertainment factor ever so slightly – in a Terminator syle “hasta la vista, baby”.

There is not much intricacy in the development of the plot nor its characters (which they could have squeezed much more narrative from), and it develops like some “romantic” dates do: let’s not waste our time on complicated preambles, cut to the chase and get some action.

After all, tomorrow will be another day, and we will go back to our quotidian humdrum, so just enjoy the couple of hours of diversion the movie has to offer, which will not require much thought, nor analysis. This production appeals more to our laid-back, popcorn munching side than to our inner brainy movie critic.

Release Date

July 15 2022 in theaters

July 22nd on Netflix.

Where to Watch The Gray Man

On Netflix.

The Directors

Anthony and Joe Russo

LOS ANGELES – MAR 13: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo at the “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” LA Premiere at El Capitan Theater on March 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. Depostiphotos

This two brothers are specialists in action and comedy movies. They are known for movies such as Cherry (2021), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), You, Me & Dupree (2006); and the series Animal Practice (2012) and Running Wilde (2010)

The Cast

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling at the Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling Hand and Foot Print Ceremony, TCL Chinese Theater, Hollywood, CA 12-07-16 Copyright. Depostiphotos

Ryan Gosling is an award winning Canadian actor, who has starred in a number of blockbusters and renowned independent productions. He is also a musician and philanthropist.

Ryan Gosling (full name Ryan Thomas Gosling), was born in London, Ontario, Canada, on November 12th 1980.

He initially played parts in TV shows like Disney Channel’s The Mouse Club, followed by a role in the family entertainment show Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1995).

The much acclaimed movie The Believer (2001) was Gosling’s first feature film in which he was the lead character. He went on to co-star together with Sandra Bullock in the movie Murder by Numbers (2002) and independent movie productions such as, Slaughter Rule (2002); The United States of Leland (2003).

Among a number of movie productions he starred in, it was his role in Half Nelson (2006) that got him nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

He co-starred in movies such as the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), which gained him further popularity, and starred in the box office success Drive (2011).

In 2015 he starred in the acclaimed movie satire The Big Short (2015).

Gosling surprised with his starring role in the romantic musical La La Land (2016), for which, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, and was once again nominated to an Academy Award for Best Actor.

He has since starred in a number of movies, such as, Blade Runner 2049 (2017), and been involved in his musical ventures with his band Dead Man’s Bones, as well being very active promoting humanitarian causes.

It is expected that the movie Barbie will be released in 2023, where he co-stars with Margot Robbie.

Yes, he will be playing the role of Ken.

Ryan Gosling is married to Eve Mendes, with whom he has two daughters.

Chris Evans

Chris Evans. Depostiphotos

Chris Evans is an American actor known for his role as Captain America in the Marvel Universe.

Christopher Robert Evans was born on June 13, 1981 in Boston (United States).

Chris Evans rose to fame for the funny movie, Not Another Teen Movie (2001) and The Perfect Score (2004).

After that, he has his chance and he didn’t miss it: he played the role as the Human Torch in Fantastic Four and its sequels and, after the success, he was Stefve Rogers / Capitain America in Avengers saga movies.

In 2020, he went back to TV for the series Defending Jacob. He was also the executive producers in the series.

He co-stars in the 2022 new Netflix movie, The Gray Man (2022), alongside Ryan Gosling.

Ana de Armas

Ana de Armas was born on April 30, 1988 in La Habana, Cuba

Ana de Armas is known for her role in the series El Internado and movies such as Knock, Knock (2015), Blade Runner 2049 (2017) and Knives Out (2019).

She has a role in the last James Bond movie, No Time to Die (2021).

Her last movie is Dark Water (2022), a movie directed by Adrian Lyne.

Cast & Crew. Users Ratings

The Gray Man (2022)

Movie title: The Gray Man

Movie description: Court Gentry, a former CIA agent is released from federal prison, but becomes the target of a notoriously dangerous former colleague.

Date published: July 11, 2022

Country: United States

Duration: 122 mins

Director(s): Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Actor(s): Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Billy Bob Thornton, Regé-Jean Page, Alfre Woodard, Jessica Henwick, Wagner Moura

Genre: Thriller

Our Opinion

After all, tomorrow will be another day, and we will go back to our quotidian humdrum, so just enjoy the couple of hours of diversion the movie has to offer, which will not require much thought, nor analysis. This production appeals more to our laid-back, popcorn munching side than to our inner brainy movie critic.

Overall
6/10
6/10

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