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When gray rhymes with boredom

Spy, Blast but above all a disappointment, Netflix’s new action film signed by the Russo Brothers lacks color. Critical.

To adapt the work of Mark Graney, Netflix spends a lot, with a sufficient budget of $200 millionEn Rouge offered the crme de la crme to make a bigger film. Behind the camera, we find the Rousseau brothers Marvel is coming to give a hand to the streaming platform after four infamous movies. In front of his lens, a five-star cast arrives to play spies, CIA agents and other American organizations in an explosive action scenario.

with Ryan Gosling as Sierra Sixa jailbird hired by the CIA to do the agency’s dirty work and Chris Evans as a Big Bad Guy, to say that Netflix has an exceptional pairing here (especially after Evans’s Good Samaritan image in Marvel). Other big names like Ana de Armas (blade runner 2049), Alfred Woodart (Annabelle) or even René-Jean Page (Bridgeton Chronicle) Come under the guise of government corruption to offer up your acting talent in this manhunt movie. Unfortunately, good actors aren’t enough to save the foundation of a shaky writing and gray man The Tower of Pisa is nothing to be jealous of.

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Vivid Action Scenes

Before attacking the film’s many flaws, it is necessary to talk about its merits. Or rather, its property, because it is the only positive point of the set that Netflix has to offer here. gray man is an action film, and therefore the public expects a real spectacle in front of this title produced by regulars of this genre. And this aside, there are some nice surprises in the work of the Rousseau brothers.

Indeed, Gosling’s character’s journey is beset with pitfalls, and then he finds himself in impossible situations. Murder under New Year’s fireworks, bodyguard babysitting or the arrest of a crazy tram in the streets of Prague, The job of a (very) secret agent provides his daily dose of adrenaline., The game of the camera and various tweaks allow the scenes to be satisfying and stylized. The special effects are also perfect, what Netflix usually offers for a project like this.

Screenshot of the Gray Man during the Crazy Tram scene
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Some of the moments make great use of the sound and the overall sound environment to capture the attention of the audience and succeed in creating surprise in the form of the action. However, where these scenes live up to our expectations in terms of spectacle, they are so few that not everyone gets their fill. Fight choreography is also to be condemned, with some physical confrontations creating enough tension. The film wants to put on a great show but struggles to find a right rhythm and enough density.

gray man Struggles to find the right mix of early-morning napalm orgy and bureaucratic headache. If the verb should not necessarily rhyme with explosion, then it is necessary to find other artifacts to avoid drowsiness. this is undoubtedly where main drawback of gray man : unbalanced balance between simple entertainment and slow-paced investigative storytelling, Result: Gray too often rhymes with boredom.

a half-hearted landscape

Some would say that an action film doesn’t need a good script to be an example of its genre, and that’s true. We can cite a number of films that have marked souls, and whose screenwriters probably do not deserve an Oscar. In spite of everything, a task must respect a certain balance that gray man can’t find unevenly and severely lacking rhythm, The narration summons many of the genre’s scheming and clichés without ever succeeding in achieving sufficiently addictive entertainment., The mistake is undoubtedly a desire on the part of the platform to tick all the boxes for success.

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Netflix productions look more and more like a jumble of diverse inspiration, the data of an algorithm that brings together all vectors of commercial success. Red Ann is so used to making us worse, we almost feel relieved from it. But the stakes of the scenario adapted by Joe Rousseau are not enough to keep us in suspense. In fact, the narrative construction is so cliched that it’s really hard to worry and be moved by the entire cast of characters.

The structure of the film also poses problems in favor of the rate of narration., Several flashbacks attempt to get us closer to Ryan Gosling’s character, but even these essential development elements disturb the film’s already shaky pace. The emotional bond with the cast is rather weak, and this major lack of stake in both the narrative and with regards to the characters is what Blockbuster lacks. gray man want to be

Right to its conclusion, the story proves predictable and continually adds a new layer of almost laughable restlessness. The grim scenes lose their force as moments of relief turn into circles.

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