Movie Review ‘The Gray Man’: Netflix’s action movie is the most regrettable of 2022, ‘satisfying’ but the script is ‘old’
The Gray Man , starring Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling, could actually be the best action movie this year.
The Gray Man (Vietnamese title: Invisible Agent ), is considered one of Netflix’s most ‘all-rounded’ projects, when this big man poured for the director duo Anthony Russo and Joe Russo of thetotal Avengers series. cost about 200 million USD to make a true action movie. More significantly, Netflix also invites extremely good superstars, typically two cult actors Chris Evans and Ryan Gosling. The film also has the appearance of the sexiest woman on the silver screen today – Ana de Armas and many other stars.
The Gray Man has a fairly familiar plot, revolving around a secret agent with the alias of Six (Ryan Gosling), dubbed the CIA’s most rebellious man, operating in a secret program. During a mission, Six discovers that the commander Carmichael (Regé-Jean Page) seems to be cheating on him and is ready to make him the next target of elimination to cover up a scary secret. Six, along with his partner Dani Miranda (Ana de Armas) flee everywhere and must confront the sick assassin Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans).
The spy series seems to be dying with its old-fashioned exploits and predictable plot, so The Gray Man cannot avoid these minuses. The character Six has a similar model to the agent Jason Bourne played by Matt Damon more than 2 decades ago, especially the iron will, transcendent skills, cool demeanor and always sure to win against the opponent. at all costs without any modern toys. If Six had amnesia like Jason Bourne, we’d have the impression that Ryan Gosling himself was reprising the role of Matt Damon.
In fact, Ryan Gosling seems to have tried to make his fans reminiscent of the “handsome handsome man” image in blockbusters like Drive (2011) or Blade Runner (2017). But unfortunately, with a script that lacks emphasis and does not have too much creativity, the actor’s efforts are almost useless. The story of the main character being turned away and killed by his dedicated organization was no longer attractive.
Chris Evans tries to escape the standard image of Captain America, to play the assassin with mental problems, always “funny” but without his own creation. Therefore, Lloyd Hansen is just like a “pavement” for Six to find the truth. Beautiful woman Ana de Armas appeared just enough, as a beautiful pink shadow in a masculine film, but also left nothing too profound.
In return, the Russo brothers have never disappointed the audience with action scenes. The Gray Man will definitely remind us of Captain America: The Winter Soldier thanks to its beautiful melee sequences, and action sequences that take place at a fast pace and breathtakingly attractive. In particular, The Gray Man is also creative when using scenes from a first-person perspective, which makes the chase and confrontation between Six’s bombs and the villains more dramatic and beautiful than ever. end. The Russo brothers deserve to have other directors bring pen and paper to learn about choreographing action scenes
Another plus point of the film is that composer Henry Jackman has returned to work with the Russos to produce music with a mysterious, deadly but equally tragic atmosphere. Henry also worked on the music for the Captain America series.
In short, T the Gray Man is just an ordinary entertainment product, everything is not excellent. If the script was more elaborate, creating more unexpected twists to match the well-choreographed action scenes, maybe the quality of the movie would be different.
Despite being heavily criticized by critics, The Gray Man is still hoped by many fans to have a part 2, because of the unfolding development at the end. Besides, everyone wants to “see” Ryan Gosling back as a spy again. However, Netflix should now review its strategy in the production of feature-length films, so as not to be wasted money and produce disasters.
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