Spoiler-Free Review of “The Gray Man” on Netflix: Flashy with Lots of Action

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“What’s the catch?”

The Gray Man premiered on July 22nd 2022 on Netflix. The action film stars Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, and Ana de Armas. It runs for a little over two hours.

A CIA Agent is hunted down by assassins after he uncovers agency secrets.

Here is the trailer:

The Gray Man is pretty much The Bourne Identity meets Mission Impossible in a lot of ways, but it does have a fantastic cast and plenty of flashy fight scenes to hold your attention. Is it worthy of YOUR next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Dream cast!

Ryan Gosling was fantastic in this movie. He brought a cool modern day James Bond vibe to his character. I loved his sarcasm and I think he really elevated this film in a lot of ways. I’m always happy to see Ana de Armas in pretty much anything so that was a plus as well.

Chris Evans played a decent villain, although I was really distracted by his mustache. 

Either way, the cast was a lot of fun to watch.

Lots of action.

If you’re looking for flashy fight scenes and tons of explosions, you’re in the right place. Netflix certainly put a lot of money into this one with all of these special effects. A lot of it was over-the-top but I liked the fight scenes, which were really fun to watch.

The Cons:

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Nothing extraordinary here…

We got a fantastic cast to watch, but the story was lacking and some of the dialogue was really awful. They would have been better off saying “insert attempt at witty comeback here.” 

The film was clearly inspired by the Jason Bourne films, but it never quite found its own identity in my opinion. There were glimmers here and there, but in a lot of ways, I think Netflix really phoned it in with this one. There was nothing truly inspiring or unique, which was disappointing.

Sure, it will fit your bill for a weekend watch, but it might become really forgettable after that.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

This film was far from perfect, but it did highlight a fantastic cast with lots of flashy action and some entertaining moments. I would manage your expectations accordingly, however.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Gray Man in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl


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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

I live in Long Island, NY. I am obsessed with TV, movies, reading and writing! My top TV shows are Lost, Breaking Bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Prison Break, Charmed, Veronica Mars, and Beverly Hills 90210. My dog, Honey, loves TV too!

One thought on “Spoiler-Free Review of “The Gray Man” on Netflix: Flashy with Lots of Action”

  1. “Chris Evans played a decent villain, although I was really distracted by his mustache.” Very true! That was an odd piece of costume so to speak.

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