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Starring: Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean Page, Billy Bob Thornton, Jessica Henwick, Wagner Moura, Alfre Woodard, Julia Butters, Dhanush, Scott Haze, Calla Mulvey, Eme Ikwuakor, Michael Gandolfini, Sam Lerner, Robert Kazinsky, DeObia Oparei
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Netflix action thriller directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. The Gray Man (2022) centers on CIA operative Court Gentry (Ryan Gosling), aka, Sierra Six. Plucked from a federal penitentiary and recruited by his handler, Donald Fitzroy (Billy Bob Thornton), Gentry was once a highly-skilled, Agency-sanctioned merchant of death. But when he uncovers agency secrets, the table turns and Six is the target, and Genrty becomes hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans), a former cohort at the CIA, who will stop at nothing to take him out, with Agent Dani Miranda (Ana de Armas) taking has his back.
Our Favorite Quotes:'Mostly, it's loss which teaches us about the worth of things.' - Lloyd Hansen (The Gray Man) Click To Tweet
Six: [as Fitzroy visits him in prison] I like honey buns as much as the next guy. I’m not going to gouge your eye out for one. You going to write that down?
Fitzroy: I’m not going to write anything down.
Fitzroy: You want some gum?
Six: What kind you got?
Fitzroy: Bubblicious Watermelon Wave. What do you say?
Six: There is no other kind. If you think I’m going to rat somebody out for Bubblicious, you got another thing coming to you. Watermelon or not.
Six: There’s an upside to sleeping so close to your toilet.
Fitzroy: When I get out of this chair and walk out of this prison, you’ll walk with me.
Six: Who are you, my fairy godmother? No offense, I thought you’d look different.
Fitzroy: We’re going to train you to kill bad guys. And since you’ve already killed one, it shouldn’t be too difficult.
Six: What makes you think I want to do it again?
Fitzroy: You seem like the type.
Fitzroy: You would exist in the gray.
Fitzroy: [to Six] Now, I’m here to help you become a value-add instead of a value lost. So why don’t you take all the pain or whatever the hell got you here, turn it around, and make it useful?
Dani Miranda: Nice suit.
Six: I just wear what they tell me to.
Dani Miranda: Subtle.
Six: You’re no fly on the wall yourself.
'They say that life, in its most unadorned expression, is a battle of wills.' - Fitzroy (The Gray Man) Click To Tweet
Dining Car: They sent you out to kill one of your own. But that’s probably not going to make you walk away, is it?
Six: Probably not.
Dining Car: [to Six] I got all the answers because I’m telling the truth. They’re not. Denny Carmichael is a piece of s**t. That’s why I’m sitting here in my own blood. You’re probably next.
Dani Miranda: [after Dining Car dies] Very discreet.
Six: I thought this’d be cleaner.
Dani Miranda: It wasn’t.
Carmichael: [over phone, referring to Dining Car] Did the target say anything to you?
Six: Well, he was dead. So, you know, no.
Six: [referring to Dining Car] Who was he?
Carmichael: A bad guy.
Carmichael: Bad s**t.
'The white pants. The trash 'stache. It's just, it leans Lloyd.' - Six (The Gray Man) Click To Tweet
Dani Miranda: [over phone] Tell me what I don’t know.
Six: Well, that’s the problem, isn’t it?
Fitzroy: [answering the call] Max’s Fireplace and Barbecue.
Six: You Max?
Fitzroy: There is no Max.
Six: So it’s like “to the max”?
Six: Why didn’t you just say that in the first place?
Fitzroy: Because if something went wrong, I couldn’t blame Max.
Fitzroy: [over phone] You working?
Six: I was.
Fitzroy: Got loud?
Six: Yeah, it got loud. It got real weird too.
Fitzroy: What’s your gut?
Six: It’s going to be my funeral you’re going to next.
Six: I know there wasn’t some palm trees 401K plan for me, but, I mean, at least tell me you guys had some kind of exit strategy.
Fitzroy: We never got that far, kid. And now, probably not.
'This is quite possibly the most spectacular failure in the history of covert ops. This will be taught in schools as the primary example of exactly what not to do in asset retrieval.' - Suzanne Brewer (The Gray Man) Click To Tweet
Suzanne Brewer: Lloyd Hansen is a sociopath.
Carmichael: You say that like it’s a bad thing.
Suzanne Brewer: It’s a dangerous thing.
Carmichael: He has methods.
Suzanne Brewer: Sociopathic methods.
Carmichael: So sit on him. The guy has a higher kill count than the entire Mossad. I don’t need Lloyd stable. I need him effective.
Lloyd Hansen: “Mostly, it’s loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” That’s Arthur Schopenhauer. He was a German philosopher, a pessimist. He saw the value in suffering.
Lloyd Hansen: [over phone] You watch the game on Saturday?
Carmichael: I turned it off at halftime. They ran us off the field.
Lloyd Hansen: Well, no one goes to Harvard to play football.
Carmichael: You did.
Lloyd Hansen: I like to be the exception.
Carmichael: [over phone] Lloyd. I got an urgent locate and destroy.
Lloyd Hansen: Give me a name.
Carmichael: Sierra Six.
Lloyd Hansen: It could be fun. The man’s got some street cred.
'You look like you've been hit by a bus, but it only adds to your mystique.' - Lloyd Hansen (The Gray Man) Click To Tweet
Carmichael: [over phone] And, Lloyd, I’m sending Suzanne to assist.
Lloyd Hansen: I’d rather you punch me in the d**k.
Suzanne Brewer: I will gladly punch you in the d**k, Lloyd.
Suzanne Brewer: [referring to Hansen] Denny, that man is nothing but wrong.
Carmichael: Don’t be a brat. He’s going to help you clean up your mess.
Suzanne Brewer: So now I’m the scapegoat?
Carmichael: I’m the boss.
Carmichael: [to Suzanne] You know, the last person that pi**ed off the old man ended up floating in the Potomac. If you like breathing, you might want to fix this.
Fitzroy: Remind me, Hansen, how long did you last at the agency? Six months?
Lloyd Hansen: Five and a half.
Fitzroy: Bad ethics, zero impulse control, unsanctioned torture.
Lloyd Hansen: Something like that.
Fitzroy: So how’s the private sector treating you? Does it pay as well as they say? Or do you spend most of your time strangling cats?
Lloyd Hansen: Who likes cats?
Fitzroy: I like cats.
Lloyd Hansen: [referring to Six] Let’s talk about the mess your boy made.
Fitzroy: He doesn’t make messes.
Lloyd Hansen: Oh, he made a big one. And judging by your shallow breathing and puckered a**hole, I can only assume you know why I’m here.
Fitzroy: He has his reasons.
Lloyd Hansen: I’m sure he does. But see, that’s the beauty of the private sector. I don’t care about reasons.
Fitzroy: [over phone] Where are you?
Six: Emotionally? I’ve been better.
Lloyd Hansen: [over phone] Tell you what. Why don’t we skip lunch, you can give me the asset you stole, and I won’t have to chop your head off?
Six: When you say things like “chop your head off”, it makes you sound untrustworthy. So, even if I had this thing, I’m not sure I would give it to you.
'Failing upwards does not qualify as success.' - Suzanne Brewer (The Gray Man) Click To Tweet
Six: [over phone] Hey, Lloyd.
Lloyd Hansen: Yeah?
Six: I immediately don’t like you.
Lloyd Hansen: Well, I’m glad we’re on the same page.
Fitzroy: Let me give you a word of advice, Lloyd. They say that life, in its most unadorned expression, is a battle of wills. Six’s will is preternatural compared to yours.
Lloyd Hansen: Don’t say “preternatural” to me. It’s an a**hole word.
Lloyd Hansen: Every grade-A wet team from here to Reykjavík will be vying for the prestige of killing the infamous Sierra Six. I’ll dig up every safe house he’s ever stayed in. I’ll unearth every man or woman he’s ever slept with. Your boy won’t be able to walk ten feet without getting his head blown off. And that, Don, is exactly what bad ethics and zero impulse control will get you.
Lloyd Hansen: I can kill anybody.
Fitzroy: Maybe not anybody.
Lloyd Hansen: Well, we’ll see.
Six: You guys taught me how to kill people, not care for them.
Margaret Cahill: [referring to Claire] You don’t have to care. Just keep her alive.
'I think we would have been friends, you and I. Aside from your childish sense of morality, and eight-dollar haircut, we have a lot in common.' - Lloyd Hansen (The Gray Man) Click To Tweet
Claire: Six is an odd name.
Six: Yeah. Yeah. Just 007 was taken, so.
Claire: Are you chewing gum?
Claire: We don’t chew gum in this house.
Six: I wasn’t briefed.
Claire: I like your tattoo. Where did you get it? Prison?
Six: Yeah, actually.
Claire: I’m shocked.
Six: You ask a lot of questions.
Claire: You’re quite the conversationalist.
Six: You feeling better?
Claire: Just another Thursday.
Six’s Father: [flashback] Know what happens when you get burned like that? Your brain goes into shock. I’m teaching you to fight through it. Fight through the fear. Fight through the pain. You master that, and you’ll never lose again, son.
Laszlo Sosa: Someone is very upset with you, man.
Six: Well, now I’m upset with them.
Laszlo Sosa: A five and seven zeros worth.
Carmichael: They don’t usually come this attractive.
Dani Miranda: That’s called harassment.
Carmichael: If you think that’s harassment, buckle up.
Carmichael: What do you know about the Sierra program?
Dani Miranda: Reckless mystery men you guys send in when you can’t officially send anyone else.
Carmichael: The gray men.
Carmichael: [referring to Six] He hurts people, because that’s who he is. That’s who you’re protecting.
Dani Miranda: Remove yourself from my personal space, please.
Six: Come on, man.
Lloyd Hansen: Hey, sunshine.
Six: You must be Lloyd.
Lloyd Hansen: What gave it away?
Six: The white pants. The trash ‘stache. It’s just, it leans Lloyd.
Lloyd Hansen: Where’s the drive?
Six: I got it here somewhere. It’s just hard to see. Is that it?
Lloyd Hansen: [as Six drops a bomb] Ballsy.
Lloyd Hansen: [as Six tries to escape] Nice try, Pumpkin.
Six: What size shoe are you?
Lloyd Hansen: Why? You want my foot in your a**?
Lloyd Hansen: [as he gets hit by a tranq dart] Ah, s**t! Mother…
Six: [Hansen tumbles down the stairs as he passes out] Looks like an eleven.
Dani Miranda: Who’s this lunatic?
Six: I don’t know. Lloyd?
Dani Miranda: Let’s go.
Six: I’m good.
Dani Miranda: [points her gun at him] Let’s go.
Six: [puts up his hands] It sounded like a question.
Lloyd Hansen: Suzanne. Long time. If I’m honest, I liked your old haircut. The one where you didn’t look like a b**ch.
Lloyd Hansen: [to Suzanne] I am your only prayer of getting that drive back, because I can do everything the agency can’t. You know all those rules you guys are always trying to work your way around? They don’t mean d**k to me! So unless you want our names spilled across every news alert, on every phone, in every pocket on Earth, shut up, and go sit in the corner.
Suzanne Brewer: Why are you walking like that?
Lloyd Hansen: Because I got shot in the a**, Suzanne!
Six: How do I know I can trust you?
Dani Miranda: Because I just saved your life.
Six: That’s a fair point.
Dani Miranda: Get comfortable.
Six: “Get comfortable” like we’re going to Prague, or like jail comfortable?
Lloyd Hansen: Everybody be advised, he has help.
Suzanne Brewer: We sure?
Lloyd Hansen: Well, I didn’t tranq myself in the a**. So, yes.
Lloyd Hansen: Well, you see, your boy mailed a package, which means, with countless contacts at his disposal, and this being a particularly challenging situation, there’s someone in Prague that he trusts the most. Who is that?
Fitzroy: It’s your mother.
Lloyd Hansen: Boring.
Lloyd Hansen: [to Fitzroy] Now, whatever I just did to your ears, it’s not even torture. I just made it up on the spot. It just came to me. And that’s how this is going to go.
Six: You did say you were going to quit.
Margaret Cahill: It was a life of few pleasures. I clung to the ones I had.
Dani Miranda: Was?
Margaret Cahill: Three months. Optimistic. If you utter anything remotely sympathetic, I will shoot you.
Lloyd Hansen: Do not underestimate this target. Hit this meatball like a freight train. And turn on cams. I want this pay-per-view.
Margaret Cahill: Hey, inmate. Thanks for proving us right.
Six: I thought we weren’t getting sentimental.
Margaret Cahill: We’re not.
Lloyd Hansen: My God, how hard is it to shoot somebody?
Lloyd Hansen: Extra ten million to the first guy to put a bullet in this Ken Doll’s brain.
Lloyd Hansen: What happened?
Junior Hansen Tech: The relay antenna must have snapped off.
Lloyd Hansen: Well, get it back on before I beat you to death with that keyboard.
Suzanne Brewer: [to Hansen] This is quite possibly the most spectacular failure in the history of covert ops. This will be taught in schools as the primary example of exactly what not to do in asset retrieval!
Lloyd Hansen: What I do can’t be taught.
Dani Miranda: You hurt?
Six: I mean, my ego’s a little bruised. I would like the opportunity to save you at some point. Not that I want you to be in danger just so I can save you.
Six: Who throws a loaded gun?
Dani Miranda: I asked for a loaded gun.
Six: No one throws a loaded weapon, okay? Are you coming? I’m going to bleed out while we have this conversation. Can we just unpack this somewhere else?
Suzanne Brewer: [over phone] I warned you.
Carmichael: When I said, “Sit on Lloyd,” I meant sit on him, not “torch half of Europe”.
Suzanne Brewer: He is unsittable.
Six: [referring to his gun shot wound] Good news is he missed the liver and the kidney. Amateur.
Dani Miranda: Why did you go to prison?
Six: Why do you ask?
Dani Miranda: Because I want to know.
Six: Will it affect whether you help me or not?
Dani Miranda: Maybe.
Six: That’s fair enough.
Lloyd Hansen: [to Avik] You know what I love about you? You look like you’ve been hit by a bus, but it only adds to your mystique.
Lloyd Hansen: Tell me, Suzanne, is there any other part of your job that I can do for you?
Suzanne Brewer: Failing upwards does not qualify as success.
Lloyd Hansen: No, success qualifies as success.
Lloyd Hansen: If you want to make an omelet, you got to kill some people.
Avik San: You’re killing a girl?
Lloyd Hansen: You know, in English, we call this a happy ending. However, if you say one more word, you may not see it that way.
Fitzroy: Do you have a plan, or are we just improvising here?
Six: Yeah, I got a plan. You got your swim trunks?
Lloyd Hansen: [to Six] You’re making me destroy a historic building here!
Lloyd Hansen: [to Claire] Now you pick those feet up, or you’re going to get dead real quick.
Lloyd Hansen: [to Six, referring to Claire] Now, I’m going to stop you right there, cupcake. What do you say we wrap this up? I mean, I’m having a blast. But it’s way past the kid’s bedtime, don’t you think?
Lloyd Hansen: [to Six, as he’s holding Claire at gunpoint] You’re going to throw me that gun, or the little one gets a new face. If your strategy relies on whether or not I’ll kill a child, you need a new strategy.
Lloyd Hansen: [as Six empties his gun and tosses it aside] Cute. I meant with the bullets.
Six: Nobody throws a loaded gun, Lloyd.
Lloyd Hansen: [to Six] You know, I think we would have been friends, you and I. Aside from your childish sense of morality, and eight-dollar haircut, we have a lot in common. It’s really a shame this isn’t going to work out between us.
Lloyd Hansen: [to Six] Now normally at this point in the night, I wouldn’t be sticking around. With the house lights about to come on, I’d find a desperate, ugly chick to lick my wounds and split, but you have been a pebble in my shoe since the very beginning. And now I just don’t think I can walk away.
Lloyd Hansen: Guess what I’m thinking right now.
Six: That you’ve over shared.
Lloyd Hansen: I think I’m better than you. What do you say, Six, you want to dance?
Claire: Just come with me, please. Don’t leave me alone. Please. You’re all I have.
Six: Claire. This is just another Thursday. Go.
Claire: [referring to Hansen] Kick his a**.
Six: [as they’re fighting] Do you miss your fingers, Lloyd?
Lloyd Hansen: Still getting used to it.
Suzanne Brewer: [after she kills Hansen] I mean, look. Lloyd Hansen was a toxic piece of s**t, right?
Six: Yeah, that’s right.
Suzanne Brewer: We have history. Me, Denny, Lloyd, we all went to Harvard together. Those two had this absurd bromance. Which made it impossible for me to prove to Denny how much of a liability Lloyd was. Then I see you two troglodytes bashing each other. The whole thing just crystallized. Lloyd Hansen is going to posthumously take the fall for everything that has happened.
Suzanne Brewer: So if you want that girl to live to a ripe old age, you are going to do exactly what I tell you to. Bad news is you’ll probably get your old cell back. But the good news is, if you behave, I’ll let you out to play sometimes. Because frankly, you are freakishly good at what you do. What? Do you have a question? What is that?
Six: Does this plan involve me living?
Suzanne Brewer: Yes. Yeah, you’re going to live.
Dani Miranda: If anything ever happens to Claire Fitzroy, deal’s off. I will come for you.
Carmichael: Please, remove yourself from my personal space.
Suzanne Brewer: [referring to Six] He tore through thirty of the best operatives in the world. Why would I waste an asset like that?
Carmichael: He’s Fitz’s gray man. He’s not going to do anything you say.
Suzanne Brewer: He will. As long as I have the girl, he will.
Carmichael: It is very dangerous for you to start thinking for yourself.
Suzanne Brewer: Are you threatened, Denny? How pleasantly out of character.
Carmichael: I got Lloyd’s autopsy report. They pulled a nine millimeter from his chest.
Suzanne Brewer: And I told you, Six got my gun.
Carmichael: Killed Lloyd, and left you alive?
Suzanne Brewer: That’s right.
Carmichael: I guess he didn’t perceive you as a threat.
Suzanne Brewer: That would be his mistake.
Six: [to Claire, after he kills all the men holding her hostage] Am I allowed to chew gum in here?