Netflix’s The Gray Man delivers a star-studded cast and plenty of action to keep viewers riveted. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
The Gray Man drops on the Netflix streaming service this Friday, July 22nd, and is playing in theaters now. The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (The Russo brothers), who are best known for their mark on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, delivering fans Avengers: Endgame. Adapted from the popular 2009 Mark Greaney novel of the same name, this blockbuster stars some big names, including Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans. Check out all the details in my parents guide movie review.
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The Gray Man Parents Guide
The Gray Man is CIA operative Court Gentry (Ryan Gosling), aka, Sierra Six. Plucked from a federal penitentiary and recruited by his handler, Donald Fitzroy (Billy Bob Thornton), Gentry was once a highly-skilled, Agency-sanctioned merchant of death. But now the tables have turned and Six is the target, hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans), a former cohort at the CIA, who will stop at nothing to take him out. Agent Dani Miranda (Ana de Armas) has his back. He’ll need it.
The Gray Man Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids watch Netflix’s The Gray Man.
Language: The Gray Man contains strong language, with profanity used throughout. Lookout words include: sh*t, b*tch, a**h*le, d*ck, b*st*rd, d*mn, and one use of the word f*ck.
Mature Content: The biggest warning for parents in the film is the violent content it contains, with plenty of blood and gore. Characters are shown in hand-to-hand combat and wielding knives, guns, and huge explosions. Many characters are in peril, shown being tortured with the use of electricity and pliers, and there is even a scene in which a child is burned with a cigarette. Characters are also shown consuming alcohol.
Netflix’s The Gray Man is touted to be Netflix’s most highly-budgeted movie to date, not only because it packs its cast with an incredible star-studded line-up, but it is also filled with action-packed, high-intensity car-chases, gun battles, and explosions. Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans are the real draw of the film, and the duo play-off each other well. With his calm and calculated demeanor throughout the film, Gosling is the ideal protagonist. In comparison, Evans, best known as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has brilliantly taken on more villainous roles, and this author is here for it. It may not come as a surprise that Evans’s comedy timing is always on point, but when he cracks the dark jokes in the film, it just sits differently with the viewers, in a perfectly evil way. It is a tough job to steal the screen with the handsome as ever duo of Gosling and Evans at the helm, but Ana de Armas (No Time To Die) does the impossible every time she graces the screen. The only complaint surrounding de Armas’s performance in the film is that viewers didn’t get to see enough of her.
Netflix’s The Gray Man is based on the 2009 Mark Greaney novel of the same name and directed by the Russo Brothers, who received a whopping $200 million dollar budget to make the film. Much of that budget, aside from the actors’ paycheck, most likely went into the huge production action scenes, of which the movie has a total of nine that will blow audiences’ socks off. The film also travels around the world, as the sets include Bangkok and Prague, making for a visual extravaganza.
Gosling, Evans, and de Armas are not the only big names viewers can expect to see in The Gray Man. Billy Bob Thornton and even Bridgerton sex icon Rege-Jean Page co-star in the movie, as well as Bollywood star Dhanush, who is even referred to in the film as “my Tamil friend.” The movie sure has all the makings for a hit. However, despite this potential for success, it comes with some flaws, particularly in the pacing of the story. When a film contains flashbacks, it can always be tricky to keep the flow of the story going, and to not confuse the viewer. The flashbacks in The Gray Man seemed unnecessary, as they didn’t add anything to the over 2-hour film and just left too many unanswered questions looming.
Luckily, audiences have the opportunity to watch The Gray Man in theaters, as it has hit the silver screen before being released on the streaming service. Seeing this big blockbuster on the big screen will give viewers more of an appreciation for the grand production and action sequences. Despite the shortcomings of the film, viewers of the action genre are well known to take plot holes with a grain of salt and will find more than enough here to keep them happy.