The Gray Man is a 2022 American action thriller movie directed by Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay co-written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Mark Greaney. The movie stars Chris Evans, Ryan Gosling, Jessica Henwick, Ana de Armas, Wagner Moura, Regé-Jean Page, Dhanush, Julia Butters, Alfre Woodard, and Billy Bob Thornton. Produced by the Russo brothers’ company, AGBO, the movie aims to launch a franchise based on Greaney’s Gray Man novels.
They send the Six to Bangkok to kill someone named Dining Car (Callan Mulvey). But things start to go awry when Six decides not to shoot because he can’t (mentally) afford the collateral damage. And when he goes completely off script to get his job done, he learns the CIA’s deepest, darkest secret. Now, know about The Gray Man.
The Gray Man: Movie Synopsis
Trying to get away from Six, the Dining Car jumps through the window and falls into the fireworks section of the hotel. Six goes after him, leading to a poorly choreographed, shot, and edited fight sequence, ending with Six mortally wounding the Dining Wagon. But in the midst of all the mess, Dining Car reveals that he’s not some random “bad guy” as Carmichael keeps saying.
He is the predecessor of Six, Sierra Four. To make sure Dining Car/Sierra Four is telling the truth, Six asks him about his recruiter. Four says that, like Six, he was recruited by Fitzroy and trained at the Dark Site in Tel Aviv. He also says that Carmichael is no good and shuts down the Sierra program by killing one agent after another. And that he’ll probably kill Six next time. Before dying, Four gives Six his necklace and tells him to bring Carmichael down.
Six relays this newfound information to Dani (Ana De Armas) before disappearing from the scene. The CIA takes over the scene, and when they discover the necklace is missing, Carmichael panics and calls Six, who denies having the locket (with the drive in it). Instead, it goes to the game center to check the disc. In it, he finds one photograph of Carmichael and several locked folders and files.
Dani tries to bring him but he refuses. He posts to an unknown location and calls Fitzroy (who is in Baku) to tell him what he knows about Carmichael. And he predicts that after what he has done, he will come for him next time. Fitzroy says he’ll send an extraction team to get him out of there. But even that goes by the wayside as Carmichael sends Lloyd after Fitzroy and Six.
Here’s what happens. Lloyd kidnaps Fitzroy’s niece Claire (Julia Butters) and uses her as leverage against Fitzroy and Six because he was looking after her when told to by Margaret Cahill (Alfre Woodard). Lloyd kidnaps Fitzroy and tells him that he is going to throw every mercenary in the world in Six’s general direction until he submits.
Laszlo Sosa (Wagner Moura) manages to trap Six, but he manages to escape just after Lloyd gets there to catch him. Dani comes to Six’s rescue and takes him to Cahill to freshen up, recalibrate and understand what they’re dealing with. Cahill says the Sierra Four got their hands on Carmichael’s “dirty laundry.” With the help of Lloyd, he apparently carried out unauthorized assassinations, torture, and bombings. And the disk contains all this information. If it gets out, both Carmichael and Lloyd will be charged with war crimes.
Dani asks the most obvious question: what’s in it for Carmichael? Cahill says it’s “shadow government stuff”, putting his little experiment above his pay grade and jurisdiction. Dani assumes there must be someone acting as Carmichael’s guardian angel. Cahill agrees because someone has to cover the amount of collateral damage Carmichael and Lloyd are leaving behind.
She thinks someone very powerful is pulling the strings. And since the Four tried to sell all this information to the highest bidder, Carmichael had him killed. Dani says they should release it to the press. Six says he’ll stick to the drive until he gets Fitzroy and Claire out of harm’s way. Once Cahill gives Six directions to her car (which they can use to get to Fitzroy and Claire), Lloyd’s troops hit them hard. This leads to another of the many bloated, gruesome-looking action sequences. “The Gray Man.”
The Gray Man Ending Explained: What Happened At The End?
Although Six and Dani barely escape the attack in Vienna, they fail to notice that they have a tail in the form of one Avik San (Dhanush). They get to the hospital to track down Claire’s pacemaker (and discover that she and Fitzroy are in Croatia) and are attacked by Avik there.
One horribly composed action sequence later, Avik manages to escape with the necklace (which has a drive in it) and injures Six and Dani enough to momentarily stop them. He gets to Croatia (which, BTW, you have no way of telling because the editing is so bizarre that there’s no hint of Avik, Six, or Dani going from Vienna to Croatia) and hands it over to Lloyd. Under the guise of captivity, Six and Dani begin clearing out the soldiers patrolling the perimeter of the mansion in which Fitzroy and Claire are being held, hostage.
Will Avik find out about Lloyd holding a girl hostage (and intending to kill her) and will there be an awakening? Which is just as bizarre as the rest of the movie. However, that doesn’t stop him from nearly killing Dani in a disastrously conceived fight sequence. Jen stops in one place and hands the ride over to Dani. How does it get propulsion? Six and Dani blow up the mansion.
The explosion causes things to collapse and the drive leaves Lloyd and lands in Avik’s hands. Before Lloyd figures out Six’s plan, he begins to get Fitzroy and Claire out of the mansion. Fitzroy is shot and used as a suicide bomber to stop Lloyd while Six gets Claire out of there. Lloyd eventually catches up with the six, holding Claire hostage and leading him into a literal maze. But then he lets her go to engage in some fisticuffs with Six.
Another poorly crafted fight sequence ensues and Six nearly strangles the life out of Lloyd. But Suzanne intervenes (totally unharmed, I’d say, despite being in the explosion) and kills Lloyd. She then gives her little monologue about how she and Carmichael and Lloyd went to Harvard, where Carmichael and Lloyd’s bromance was brewing.
And although she wanted to get rid of Lloyd a long time ago, she couldn’t. Six inadvertently gave her that chance and she took it. She explains that now Lloyd will posthumously take responsibility for everything that happened in the movie. Six will act as a witness while holding Claire hostage (this girl just can’t get a break from this endless loop of kidnappings). She says that once it’s over, Six will go back to prison, and if he behaves, she’ll let him go on some missions.
Suzanne gives the drive to Carmichael, who destroys it. If you’re wondering if this isn’t a real drive and Suzanne kept the real one for herself to use against Carmichael in the future, I wonder the same thing. Joe Russo makes a cameo as some dude in the CIA who apparently believes Lloyd Hansen created all the fuss. Dani warns Carmichael that if anything happens to Claire, she will be vicious.
Suzanne and Carmichael visit Six, only to find that he has escaped from a high-security hospital. where did he go? To the “safe place” where the CIA was holding Claire, of course. He’ll probably kill them all and get Claire out of there.
So in the sequel, you’ll definitely have the CIA track down Six and Claire. But if the Russos plan to adapt all the books in Greaney’s literary series, the sequel (probably titled “On Target”) will find Six confronted by an old friend from his past who he thought was dead and who forces him to conduct. almost impossible to abduct. “The Gray Man.”