The Gray Man….the case of the missing $200 million dollar budget.

When the CIA’s top asset — his identity known to no one — uncovers agency secrets, he triggers a global hunt by assassins set loose by his ex-colleague.

Anthony and Joe Russo have a second go at directing a film post MCU and much like Cherry it falls flat for different reasons. The positives are the cast (minus Chris Evans who I did like at first but the more I thought about his performance the more I didn’t like it), particularly Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas (it’s just a shame her character was poorly written) and there’s a few actions that are decent enough but when compared to action films that have a far smaller budget that look far better you really notice a difference. Which is by far the biggest issue with The Gray Man….where did the budget go? That’s the question that kept popping into my head throughout the movie, the budget is supposedly $200 million dollars and while yes I realize that majority of it more than likely went towards getting the cast. It’s still baffling to see how ugly the movie is despite being a $200 million dollar movie, most of the action scenes are terrible combine that with poor writing that does nothing to standout among a very crowded genre and you have yourself a terrible action movie. This year alone has had films that have a far less budget that look much more appealing to look at, The Northman for example has a budget of $70-$90 million dollars and looks far more appealing, is much better crafted and the action scenes are far better. Moving on from the budget issues there really isn’t much else here, the movie plays out exactly how you think it’s going to. The pacing and running time do not blend well at all, this is one of those movies where you feel the running time going by painfully slow. The pacing puts a lot of moments in the movie at a complete and sudden stop that really derails the movie from moving on, overall The Gray Man is a very forgettable action movie that offers nothing new to the genre. It might not be one of the absolute worst movies I’ve seen this year but it is one of the most forgettable.

The Gray Man is available on Netflix!

3/10 D-


Deep Water is a baffling and broken movie that makes for a great it’s so bad it’s hilarious watch!

A well-to-do husband who allows his wife to have affairs in order to avoid a divorce becomes a prime suspect in the disappearance of her lovers.

Deep Water is a very interesting case, it’s a terrible movie yes and that really shouldn’t surprise anyone. However it’s the type of bad that is hilarious and as the movie goes on it gets more and more baffling by the minute. Ana De Armas is by far the standout performance, Ben Affleck while not great still manages to be entertaining he’s the type of actor where no matter how bad some of his performances are he’s still very entertaining and that applies here. The first two acts are on the lines of guilty pleasure, tons of laughably bad scenes, some erotic scenes which I wish the movie did a bit more of. The erotic scenes are honestly no different than a lot of other scenes from other films, there’s just a little bit more of them. The final act is when things become incredibly baffling, Deep Water has this car chase scene at the end that is bizarrely edited and filmed that is just unbelievable, but then when you add how the movie decides how to end the movie completely breaks it. It’s like by the time the writing and filming process for the third act came along everyone just said “I quit!” and walked away, despite all of that it’s still a hilarious collection of scenes that gave me the biggest laughing fit I got from a movie in awhile. Overall Deep Water is a movie that must be seen to be believed, it’s truly one of the most baffling and broken movies I’ve seen in awhile. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if in the near future Deep Water goes on to be some sort of “it’s so bad it’s hilarious” classic.

Deep Water is available on Hulu!

4/10 D+