NETFLIX FILM REVIEW: THE GRAY MAN (15) ESP RATING: 3/5



Acclaimed Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame filmmaker duo The Russo Brothers continue to put their mark on both the theatrical and streaming worlds.


They produced, wrote, and directed this big-budgeted Netflix action-thriller, that even managed to entice the usually indie-film specialist Ryan Gosling – as a deadly ‘Jason Bourne-esque’ assassin.



It has already been given the green light for a sequel – much like the Chris Hemsworth-led Extraction was a Russo Brothers-produced Covid pandemic hit for the streaming service two years ago already has – and it’s not hard to see why.


Without ever really moving the needle.


In fact, pretty much like the aforementioned Extraction. Good solid ‘Saturday night takeway’ actioner fare.



Oscar-nominee Gosling’s (La La Land and Bladerunner 2049) ‘Sierra Six’ – who was recruited to work as a killer for the CIA’s ‘Sierra’ program in return for his jail freedom after murdering his abusive father – is hunted down by the same security agency that trained him after coming across sensitive information that implicates rising company official Denny Carmichael (Regé-Jean Page).



Stopping at nothing to extract said ‘corruption’ data from the now ‘gone rogue’ Six – who is aided by fellow agent Dani Miranda (No Time to Die’s Ana de Armas) and retired former-boss Donald Fitzroy (Billy Bob Thornton) – Carmichael hires Chris ‘Captain America’ Evans’ sociopathic mercenary Lloyd Hansen to track him down and retrieve the hard drive.



And while this has been done more impressively elsewhere, a few twists and turns and solid production values, coupled with ‘game’ performances from leads Gosling and Evans, and an always-good-value Thornton, makes this energetically watchable.


It could have maybe done a little more in all areas across the board to really make it a genre stand out – which leaves it in the ‘grey’ middle-ground zone for action films – but with the Russo’s finger-prints all over it, this is definitely well worth two hours of your time.


ESP Rating: 3/5


Gavin Miller



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Cast: Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Regé-Jean Page, Billy Bob Thornton, Jessica Henwick, Shea Whigham, Robert Kazinsky, Alfre Woodard & Callan Mulvey

Running Time: 2 Hrs 9 Mins

Directors: Anthony & Joe Russo