Netflix’s most expensive mistake? Western Film Critics Pan ‘The Gray Man’

New Delhi: With promotions on the Russo Brothers’ action thriller, “The Gray Man” coming to Netflix, the $200 million film on the streaming platform is in production for its July 22 release, prompting Western critics to be able to watch it during its limited time. Theatrical releases are not very impressed.

A look at the Top Critics’ section of Rotten Tomatoes, the online aggregator of film reviews, indicates that although the film is being compared to Tom Cruise’s money machine, “Top Gun: Maverick” (which cost $610 million, and It’s showing no signs of descent), and even Matt Damon’s superhit, “Born Identity,” with its mind-numbing action has numbed critics, well. And like stingy professors, they refuse to give it good grades (read ratings).

For an online streaming platform that’s struggling to retain subscribers, will “The Gray Man” be worthless? If you are the kind who follows the reviews and then decides whether to watch the movie or not, this will definitely happen.

Time magazine’s Stephanie Zecherek judges, “A picture desperately trying to be an over-the-top ‘Mission: Impossible’ adventure that ends up in a non-men only land.”

Brian Lowry of commented: “Spy-versus-spy shenanigans play out like an excuse for elaborate action sequences and insane stunt work, which produce some real highlights but also slowly diminishing returns. especially under the domestic stretch.”

“The Gray Man”, based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Mark Graney, is about the character of Ryan Gosling, the CIA’s most skilled mercenary, known as the Court Gentry, aka the Sierra Six. , who uncovers the secrets of the dark agency and becomes the target of a murder. she herself.

Gentry is chased around the world by his psychopathic former colleague Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans) and a band of international assassins, including Avik San played by Tamil superstar Dhanush, who, incidentally, is able to garner eyeballs. Could – a lot of them – in India. But will this be enough to salvage the film?

Leah Greenblatt of “Entertainment Weekly” certainly doesn’t think so. “It’s red-meat candy, a ‘born identity’ for the brain that’s fully trained in hyper-stimulation, and already long gone on summer vacation,” she says, referring to the film. B-. Ouch!

“New Statesman”‘s David Sexton is equally dismissive. He declared: “The experience of watching it is to be aware every moment that what you are facing is a carefully calculated, purely corporate product, completely predictable and devoid of any authorship or originality.”

“It’s a thriller made by people who know what great thrillers can do, but without the ability to make their own,” says Barry Hertz of ‘Globe and Mail’. Giving it a 2/5, Robbie Collins of the Daily Telegraph notes: “About halfway through a continuous gunfight in Prague, it becomes impossible to ignore the intense rumble of the whole enterprise.”

And finally, says David Fear of ‘Rolling Stone’, “The Gray Man” “wants to remind you what an old-school dopamine dump of this type of entertainment is, and it contains the ingredients needed to make it happen.” Which, to be honest, only makes you wish it was tighter, taut, tougher, better.”

Will audiences listen to critics, or will “The Gray Man” be one of those movies that has been panned critically but is super-successful commercially? As they say, only time will tell.

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