In the new Netflix film “The Gray Man,” Ryan Gosling’s character jokes that he goes by the name Six because 007 was taken.
The film is a big-budget, effects-filled thriller that is in the spirit of James Bond adventures. Netflix Inc. and the film’s directors expect the film, which begins Friday, to begin the company’s own long-running detective series.
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Gosling stars as Sierra Six, a former prisoner sprung from prison in exchange for slavery in a secret program by the CIA.
“I’ve always wanted to make an action movie,” Gosling told Reuters. “Action was my first love. It made me fall in love with films at first. It took me a minute to get there and
Find the right one.”
“The Gray Man” is based on a novel by Mark Graney and directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the brothers who directed Marvel’s mega-blockbuster “Avengers: Endgame”.
The Roses said Netflix has allowed them to bring their full vision to the screen. “Grey Man” was filmed in seven locations around the world, from Azerbaijan to Croatia and France.
“We wanted to be very ambitious with this film,” said Anthony Russo. “Action is difficult to shoot. Shooting action is expensive, and Netflix was up for this level of ambition. ,
The film is packed into nine major action sequences, including a protracted gun battle in a public square in Prague.
“It was a real test by fire for me, being my first action film,” Gosling said.
Chris Evans plays Gosling’s nemesis, an assassin named Lloyd Hansen who was expelled from the CIA for excessive tactics.
Evans said of the character, “He himself is unattainable.” “I think most of us walk the world measuring who we are based on who we think we are, and Lloyd is unbound by those social norms.”
“The Gray Man” is playing in theaters exclusively this week before it hits Netflix.
The response from film critics has been mixed. As of Monday, “Grey Man” had a 52 percent positive rating among reviews collected on the Rotten Tomatoes website. The audience was more enthusiastic, with 89 percent of commenters on the site giving a thumbs up.
The Rose expects the film to be popular enough to warrant future installments.
“Whether it’s exploring the events after the original ‘Grey Man’ movie, or before, or where we want to go, there are a lot of choices in this universe,” said Anthony Russo.
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