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!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Blacklight” in Theaters: Liam Neeson Gives it his All

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“You’re gonna need more men…”

Blacklight released in theaters on February 11th 2022. The action film stars Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Emmy Raver-Lampman and Taylor John Smith. It runs for approximately an hour and forty-five minutes.

An off-the-books government agent uncovers a deadly conspiracy within his own ranks as he teams up with a reporter to make things right. 

Here is the trailer:

Blacklight allows fans a chance to indulge in yet another Liam Neeson entry, which is always an entertaining ride, but does this film do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Decent performances.

Liam Neeson basically plays his typical character, but I thought he did a good job with the obsessive-compulsive aspects as well. I’m not sure that the film really panned this out enough, but it’s nice to see him doing something a little bit different while still being the ass-kicking Liam Neeson we love to watch.

I also thought that Emmy Raver-Lampman presented us with a good performance as well and I liked the dynamic between these two.

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Entertaining fight scenes.

If you’re going to see a Liam Neeson movie, then you’re there for the fight scenes. There are plenty of decent ones sprinkled into this film and there was one in particular that really had me on the edge of my seat.

The Cons:

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Painful dialogue…

Like, really painful. We had plenty of capable actors in this one, but the dialogue made me cringe. It just seemed like they were really phoning it in for this one, banking on the talent of Neeson to carry the film, but I thought this was a huge miss.

Lazy plot.

There’s nothing really wrong with the plot. It just felt really lazy at times and predictable. I think that this film had the potential to branch off into several interesting plot-lines and then it fizzled out along the way, which was really disappointing.

So am I in or out?

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I’m 50/50 on this one…

I’m in for Liam Neeson, but he deserved a lot better. Sure, there are plenty of intense moments to remind you why you started watching this in the first place, but a lot of things miss the mark, which was really frustrating.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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