The Gray Men: What can we expect

The Gray Man, regardless of its economic potential, is more or less a disappointment from an artistic perspective

by Sead Dedovic
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The Gray Men: What can we expect

As a Netflix executive, you are trying to find a winning movie combination for the action blockbuster The Gray Man. There's no doubt you'd be wise to hire the Russo brothers, Anthony and Joe, who have been responsible for some of Marvel's most popular films such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.

You think, "I'll trust them if they've already done blockbusters like that," if they've already done that. The success of your film is practically guaranteed if you cast the Oscar-nominated Ryan Gosling as your protagonist, face him against the popular and beloved Chris Evans, and throw actors Ana de Armas and Billy Bob Thornton in their company.

Actually, no. The Gray Man, regardless of its economic potential, is more or less a disappointment from an artistic perspective. The Gray Man also features the duo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who previously penned scripts for Marvel blockbusters as well as all the other - all very high-quality - Hollywood faces mentioned here.

Markus/McFeely have previously collaborated on top-notch films, so one has to wonder what happened?

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When Six learns from his target that she works for the CIA, within the same Sierra program to which he belongs, he is able to "neutralize" his target.

Gosling is Six, and the target is Four. A CIA corruption stick is taken from him by Six. The CIA is about to liquidate Six, so he flees from the agency, seeking the help of other trusted colleagues. In addition to Chris Evans, the game also introduces a maniacal torture and murdering psychopath named Lloyd Hansen.

The Six and the encrypted stick are now being offered to him as a reward. An CIA mercenary on the run from his employer is trying to uncover corruption's details while jumping from country to country. This is the premise of The Gray Man.

Action movie fans have probably seen this before, but the issue here isn't just the clichéd plot, or perhaps a lack of realism (for example, Six falls from a floor door several meters into the ground suddenly in one scene, but hey, it looks like his legs are made of steel).

In general, I dislike most of everything we analyze: faceless characters, lazy acting, out-of-place shots, unimpressive music, unconvincing dialogue, and the unstoppable change of location that never ends.

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