I had put off watching The Gray Man as I had hoped to watch it around the same time as Bullet Train because I wanted to watch a few newer action movies together. I did end up watching them pretty close together. They ended up sharing something in common that surprised me, which was being an adaptation. The Gray Man is based on the novel of the same name that is also the first part in a series.
I ended up enjoying The Gray Man mostly. I don’t know how closely Joe Russo, Christopher Markus, and Stephen McFeely adapted Mark Greaney’s novel, but the story felt by the numbers. The Russo Brothers’ style of direction make the movie feel more interesting than the story would make you think it would. The cinematography is absolutely outstanding.
The cast is where The Gray Man really stands out. Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, and Ana de Armas make the movie with their amazing chemistry. I really hope that after his turn as Lloyd Hansen Chris Evans plays more villains. Hansen is the antithesis of Steve Rodgers, which is probably why he seems to be having so much fun. This is a much different villain than Evans previously played in Knives Out, with him obviously being antagonistic. I also want Ana de Armas to be the lead in an action movie after seeing her as Agent Miranda. Gosling is as fantastic as ever he gets to play to his strengths. They are supported byJessica Henwick, Regé-Jean Page,, Wagner Moura, Julia Butters, Dhanush, Alfre Woodard, and Billy Bob Thornton. Page makes a fantastic secondary antagonist.
There’s a lot of CG in this. Though that’s mostly because the action set pieces would be damn near impossible to do without using CG. While sometimes it doesn’t look the best I didn’t really care because I was so invested in the movie that I cared more about characters than the background. The stunt team did an amazing job in all of the stunts in The Gray Man. The practical effects that were used looked great and really sold what was going on. The score by Henry Jackman is fantastic. It makes the movie feel epic.
The Gray Man is a fun action spy movie that doesn’t do anything new but is a fun watch if you’re not expecting anything. I know that there’s a sequel that’s already been announced and also a spin-off as well. I can only assume that the sequel will take elements from the next book in the series. You can stream it on Netflix. I give The Gray Man 7 packs of gum out of 10.