The first reactions to the new Netflix movie The Gray Man, which stars Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, compare it to James Bond and Fast and Furious. Joe and Anthony Russo, who directed Avengers: Endgame, are in charge of this movie. Ryan Gosling plays a CIA agent who finds some important information. Evans’ bad guy sends his hired killer after him. The rest of the cast is made up of Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean Page, Jessica Henwick, Billy Bob Thornton, and Dhanush.
Journalist Germain Lussier says, “The Gray Man is two hours of James Bond meets Fast and Furious”. “Super exciting action, massive scale & set pieces, solid, self-aware performances, consistent laughs, just a whole lot of fun. Gosling and Evans rule, supporting cast great, it’s a little obvious but never boring.”
Reporter Joey Morona also says excellent things about Evans: “IMO #TheGrayMan is gonna get a lot of comparisons to the Bourne franchise, but the action sequences and fight scenes in the @Russo_Brothers’ latest are next-level. Plus those movies never had a villain as bat sh– evil (and funny) as Chris Evans as Lloyd Hansen.”
Jeff Ewing, a journalist, says that #TheGrayMan is Netflix’s best action-thriller so far. Gosling, Evans, and de Armas all give great performances in the movie. “The fight choreography and stunt work are excellent, to put it mildly. Overall a winner.”
The movie is also liked by critic Courtney Howard: “@Russo_Brother’s #TheGrayMan has unrelenting, well-constructed action sequences. Battle of wits, bullets & brawn. Ryan Gosling & @ChrisEvans share excellent repartee (and sleazebag facial hair!). Ana de Armas is badass & beautiful. Dhanush’s scenes are ruthless & sharp.”
Matt Neglia, who writes for Next Best Picture, says: “THE GRAY MAN is a tactically aggressive, assassin action film by the Russo Brothers. Ryan Gosling brings his usual stoic toughness against Chris Evans’ wicked charm. Not as impressive as the Mission: Impossible or John Wick films but still a big piece of popcorn entertainment.”
But not everyone is impressed. For example, journalist Kyle Buchanan wrote: “THE GRAY MAN is Netflix’s emptiest star vehicle yet. If DALL-E simulations cost $200 million this is exactly what they would produce”
You won’t have to wait long to see The Gray Man. On July 22, after a limited release in theaters starting on July 15, the movie will be available on Netflix.