The big movie The Gray Man will soon be released on Netflix. It is the first major production directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, of course known for Avengers: Endgame†
The $200 million action thriller is based on the book of the same name by author Mark Greaney and stars Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas. You will also see Rege-Jean Page, Jessica Henwick, Billy Bob Thornton and Scott Haze.
First reactions online
As usual, the first reactions have now appeared on Twitter, based on press releases. These reactions are often only positive and not always an accurate reflection of the film.
Most reactions are now also applauded, including the text: “Super exciting action, huge scale and set pieces, solid, confident performances, consistent humor, just tons of fun.”
But also: “Almost made me nostalgic for Red Notice.” So that’s not a very positive thing, given that 2021’s Red Notice (37% on Rotten Tomatoes) hasn’t exactly been well-received. Despite huge ratings.
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. pic.twitter.com/hSoTwgCMfA
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) July 11, 2022
#TheGrayMan is a high-octane action thriller, with an entertaining, antagonistic (& at times funny) dynamic of Ryan Gosling vs @ChrisEvans† Ana de Armas was one of my fav elements, again proving she’s a dynamic force in any action film, while Dhanush is a total badass! @netflix pic.twitter.com/4nt76jEb18
— Lauren Bradshaw (@flickchickdc) July 11, 2022
.@Russo_Brother’ #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 & beauty. Dhanush’s scenes are ruthless & sharp. pic.twitter.com/aYNmxGpLkg
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) July 11, 2022
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. pic.twitter.com/JTabHxnKJs
— joey morona (@joeyjoe) July 11, 2022
#TheGrayMan was Top Notch – High Octane – Action scene after scene. @RyanGosling and @ChrisEvans are electric together and the banter is too good! Great features from #AnaDeArmas and @dhanushkraja who completely stole the show. Netflix and @Russo_Brothers best yet. pic.twitter.com/A2KyCbRahh
— herza (@Sinister5ive) July 11, 2022
But it’s not all so positive. The comment below makes quite a bit of mincemeat of the film. So we have to wait and see for the first reviews, which probably won’t be long in coming.
THE GRAY MAN is just 2 hours of Tom Clancy rejects shouting brainless shit like “make him dead” between bland action scenes in beautiful locations, all of which leads to the most hilariously stupid bad guy backstory reveal i’ve ever seen. almost made me nostalgic for Red Notice.
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) July 11, 2022
THE GRAY MAN is Netflix’s emptiest star vehicle yet. If DALL•E simulations cost $200 million this is exactly what they would produce
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) July 11, 2022