Movie Review #3875 The Gray Man
‘Nother ripping yarn for testosterone-addled teen males and 30-year-old little boys, this time it’s a CIA operative betrayed and targeted for termination by a rogue handler trying to recover his dirt.
The usual surnames come to mind for these sorts of roles - Pratt, Pine, Hemsworth, Reynolds etc - but this time its Ryan Gosling in the hot seat with Chris Evans as resident bad guy.
It’s a 2hr parade of shoot ups, blow ups, carve ups, smash ups, mash ups and whatever else ups as Mr Gos stays one step ahead of the nasties, eventually delivering the usual come-uppance to the main bad dude.
Along the way we spot Billy Bob Thornton who shines as the old stalwart along with the occasional face I recognise but would have no idea who they are.
Most of the premise has been done before in many different guises but at the end of the day it’s a surprisingly OK outing for all its boom-a-minute moments and probably does just enough to justify a sequel if I was to take a guess.
In cinemas from July 15, and on Netflix from July 22.
I'm a movie nut from way back with my first ever being The Hallelujah Trail from 1964. Ever since, I've been mesmerized by the giant screen, and the darkness that went on forever. Despite the infernally uncomfortable seats, (plus having to stand for God Save the Queen), I've been enticed ever since to duck into a theatre whenever I can for a few hours of escapism.