Gray Man movie review: Avengers directors combine Bond and Bourne for hilarious effect in Netflix thriller

Gray Man (15A, 129 min)

Did you know that the Russo brothers are the second most commercially successful film directors behind Steven Spielberg?

Me too, but the mystery of how two brothers you’ve probably never heard of became such market domination forces will be solved when you realize they create the pictures. Marvel paintings.

One of them, Avengers: Endgamegrossed nearly $3 billion worldwide, which should give you an idea of ​​the numbers we’re dealing with.

But to be fair, the Russos aren’t resting on their laurels and have moved from the Marvel franchise to embrace the brave new world of streaming products.

Joe and Anthony Russo have various ties to Amazon Prime, Disney, and Universal, but Netflix is ​​the backer of this action-thriller, having to say, its $200 million budget is a slight drain.

Based on a novel by Mark Greaney and co-written by Joe Russo and his frequent Marvel collaborators Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Gray Man opens in a prison interview room, where veteran CIA henchman Donald Fitzroy (Billy Bob Thornton) has intercourse with a man who is clearly considered a dangerous felony.

Court Gentry (Ryan Gosling) is a liar, a murderer, but Fitzroy seems to have some sympathy for his plight, and offers him a one-time deal – he can get out Jail now if he agrees to return – the CIA assassin book.

It’s a no-brainer when you think about it and Gentry, with its new codename Sierra Six, is quickly becoming the best in the business, killing the bad guys in every corner of the world with little to no sweat. foul.

But when he is sent to Bangkok to kill an alleged terrorist, the dying man reveals that he is also a CIA killer and that someone higher up is trying to clear the evidence of wrongdoing.

It will be Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans), an undisciplined madman responsible for all kinds of chaos, who is currently hiding his tracks.

But the dying assassin gives Six a document containing damnable evidence of all of Hansen’s crimes, and a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues.

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In Six’s corner is Fitzroy, who will endure anything unpleasant. But Hansen, a psycho with a bad mustache, has kidnapped Fitzroy’s beloved niece and will now keep them both for ransom.

Meanwhile, Six makes the acquaintance of Dani Miranda (Ana de Armas), a resourceful CIA agent who realizes what Hansen is up to and decides to help Six stop him.

Gray Man is Bourne with a nod to Bond, part shooter video game, but also a comedy genre – this last ingredient was crucial to its success.

A decision was made to tackle the violence and give a little air to a sparkling screenplay. Six seems emotional, but that doesn’t stop Gosling from offering caustic one-liners with a poker face.

And Evans is not funny as the funny evil Hansen. He laughs at those who seem shocked by his excesses, but his Achilles heel is a desire to be taken seriously, a task made more difficult by a strange, mustache sly and the unfortunate tendency to wear loafers without socks.

Hansen has a nasty habit of being self-absorbed and acting like a toddler when things don’t go according to plan. We already knew Evans could do comedy, thanks to that win in Pull out the knifebut he’s really brilliant here, even managing to make his lame character look funny.

The action sequences deliberately play out well beyond the shores of believable and too often flashy CGI, but the exotic locations are used cleverly and Gray Man is a movie that never makes the mistake of taking itself seriously.

It would be nice if the character played by De Armas had a bit more backstory, and Julia Butters, who plays Fitzroy’s niece, is excellent but underused.

Gray Man Still, very entertaining and worth seeing in the cinema ahead of its upcoming online release.

Rating: Three stars


The Return of the Railroad Children is intentionally classic

The Return Railroad (PG, 98 minutes)

Much loved, though not by me, Lionel Jeffries’ 1970 film Children abandoned on the street was a key figure on British television in the 1970s and 80s, and had a certain innocent charm.

Exiled to Yorkshire after his diplomat father falls from grace, a trio of Boer War kids led by Bobbie (Jenny Agutter) perform heroic deeds by the rails and bond with the locals. direction.

Agutter returns as a much older and more agile Bobbie in this lovable sequel set during the Second World War.

Sent to Yorkshire by their mother to escape a Luftwaffe attack on Manchester, Lily (Beau Gadsdon), Pattie (Eden Hamilton) and Ted (Zac Cudby) struggle to fit in, especially at school.

But Lily and her colleagues find a purpose when they discover a wounded African-American soldier (Kenneth Aikens) hiding in an abandoned train carriage.

The railway children return intentionally classic and can be confusing for younger audiences accustomed to faster editing and more action. But the young cast is engaging and older viewers can find comfort in the easy pacing and moral certainty.

Rating: Three stars


Javier Bardem is his funniest in The Good Boss

Good boss (15A, 120 minutes)

Although his expertise is rarely appreciated, Javier Bardem is a brilliant comic actor, and he reaches his peak in Fernando León de Aranoa’s sharp and elegant satire.

In terms of it, Julio Blanco (Bardem) To be a good boss, kind and welcoming executive of a busy industrial-scale manufacturing plant.

He speaks to his workers regularly, praising their efforts and encouraging them to rise to even greater heights as the company is currently racing for a prestigious industry award.

But all is not as it seems, as Julio is the kind of bloodless company who will make Machiavelli blush, happily using his second commander’s marital difficulties to undermine him, and was even happier to chase every second- the female intern revealed herself.

However, the latest of these will be more than a match for him, as Liliana (Almudena Amor) is just as ruthless as Julio.

One more strike by one person risks frustrating his attempt to win that prize and you have a boss on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

Thanks in large part to Bardem, Julio’s slow explosion is hilarious. Gray Man movie review: Avengers directors combine Bond and Bourne for hilarious effect in Netflix thriller

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