The Gray Man

Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Year Released: 2022
Rating: 1.0

The Completely Intrusive Agency - in their infinite wisdom - yank Court Gentry (Ryan Gosling) out of prison and train him to be an assassin, but things get iffy when he comes into the possession of a USB drive that contains incriminating information about his boss Denny Carmichael (Regé-Jean Page), who's been hiding a lot of less-than-legal activities.  With a budget of $200 million, Netflix basically gave the Russo brothers freedom to do whatever they wanted, and all they're capable of is taking some junky genre fiction and dressing it up with explosions and chases all over the world - Bangkok! Azerbaijan! Monaco! Turkey! The UK! Austria! Croatia! (I started to laugh after a while) - and ramp up the chintzier components that come with the spy genre: there's even also a trap door and a fist-fight to the death ... in a fountain.  What's even more pathetic is using an older, dying woman (Alfre Woodard) and a kidnapped child (Julia Butters) - who has an actual pacemaker - for audience sympathy (since the male figures are nearly indestructible).  You'll need to turn off the noggin' to coast through the dumb decisions, but one silver lining is watching Evans taking great pleasure in playing a sociopath (who's armed with Schopenhauer quotations).