Netflix’s most expensive mistake? From 2/5 to B-, westerns critics loop “The Gray Man”
Los Angeles: With the hype around Netflix’s Russo Brothers action thriller “The Gray Man” building in the days leading up to the $200 million film’s July 22 release on the streaming platform, Western reviewers who got to see it during its limited theatrical run aren’t too impressed.
A look at the Top Critics section of Rotten Tomatoes, the online aggregator of movie reviews, indicates that although the film is compared to Tom Cruise’s slot, “Top Gun: Maverick” (sailing at $610 million and showing no signs of going downhill), and even Matt Damon’s smash hit “Bourne Identity,” his mind-numbing acting left critics, well, numb. And like miserly teachers, they refuse to give him good grades (read grades).
For an online streaming platform struggling to retain its subscribers, will “The Gray Man” turn out to be a failure? If you’re the type to follow reviews and then decide to watch a movie, you definitely will.
“A picture that desperately tries to be an over-the-top ‘Mission: Impossible’ adventure only to end up in a no man’s land of inconsistency,” is the verdict of TIME Magazine’s Stephanie Zecharek.
Comments Brian Lowry of CNN.com: “The spy vs. spy shenanigans play as an excuse for elaborate action sequences and insane stunts, which produce some genuine highlights but also produce progressively diminishing returns, especially in the final line. right.”
“The Gray Man,” based on Mark Greaney’s 2009 novel of the same name, is all about the character of Ryan Gosling, the CIA’s most skilled mercenary known as Court Gentry, aka Sierra Six, who discovers dark agency secrets and ends up becoming a target of assassination. himself.
Gentry is being hunted around the world by his psychopathic ex-colleague Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans) and a group of international assassins, including Avik San, played by Tamil superstar Dhanush, who, by the way, could possibly attract looks – many of them – in India. But will that be enough to bail out the film?
Entertainment Weekly’s Leah Greenblatt certainly doesn’t think so. “It’s red meat candy, a ‘Bourne identity’ for brains that are perfectly trained in overstimulation, and long gone on summer vacation already,” she says, giving the film a B-. Ouch!
Equally dismissive is David Sexton of ‘New Statesman’. He states: “The experience of watching it is being aware at all times that what you are confronting is a carefully calculated product, entirely corporate, entirely predictable and devoid of any authorship or originality.”
“It’s a thriller made by people who know what great thrillers can do, but without the ability to make one themselves,” says Barry Hertz of the Globe and Mail. Giving it a 2/5, Robbie Collins of the Daily Telegraph noted: “Halfway through a sustained shootout in Prague, the thunderous recklessness of the whole company becomes impossible to ignore.
And finally, David Fear of ‘Rolling Stone’ says ‘The Gray Man’ “wants to remind you of what an old-fashioned dopamine dump these types of entertainment are, and it has what seems like the necessary ingredients to do just that. Which, to be honest, only makes you wish it was tighter, tighter, harder, better.
Will viewers listen to the reviews, or will “The Gray Man” be one of those critically acclaimed, but super commercially successful films? As they say, only time will tell.