The Gray Man has been proved on Netflix that I can't anymore watch gun violence action films

The Gray Man has been proved on Netflix that I can't anymore watch gun violence action films ...

The Gray Man, Netflixs star-studded action thriller, is released on the streaming service this Friday, and is basically 20 minutes of uninterrupted gun violence. Ryan Goslinga former CIA assassin is hand-cuffed to a public bench, and Chris Evansthe CIA hired to get rid of Goslinghas every morally ambiguous man with a pistol in the area open firing. Bazookas, handguns, automatic rifles.

I had a good time up until this moment watching Gosling beat up dudes in a warehouse full of explosive fireworks and in an airplane plummeting from the sky. I had fun watching Ana de Armas in her floral power suit and Evans in her so-called trash stache. But I couldnt help but fall into a rut of anxiety, starting low in my gut and continuing upward.

Because after a few minutes of watching gunmen open fire in a public square in Prague, my mind was no longer with the movie. I was thinking about the closest exit in my own movie theater, and how I would walk, not run, in the event of an active shooter emergency. I was thinking about the rioting couple who were shouting and slapping their seats on my subway ride over because, for all they knew, the culprit was a mass shooter. I was thinking about the angry guy who was making threats

I was thinking of elementary school students stumbling under desks while watching their classmates and teachers hit the floor in Uvalde, Texas. I was thinking of the shoppers who thought they were doing a mundane chore in Buffalo, New York. I was thinking of the families who came out to see a 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois. Mass shootings have reportedly become an unavoidable event in my lifetime.

It was a bit of a buzzkill, after all.

I may call it a vibe shift or PTSD, but I used to enjoy Quentin Tarantino's films without blinking an eye. I saw Skyfall in theaters three times and loved every gun-filled minute of it. I also refused to attend The Golden Circle in 2021 because of a clip from the original movie that went viral.

The Gray Man's shoot-out scene irritated me. Maybe it was the sheer volume of firearms. (It's hard not to see the similarities between Evans' character, who throws more and more weapons at his problems, and directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who put so much money into The Gray Man's script that it became Netflix's most expensive film to date.) Or perhaps it was the proximity to Robb Elementary, the third-deathliest school shooting in the United States, with

I doubt anyone who sees The Gray Man on Netflix will shoot up a square because they think Ryan Gosling is cool with a handgun. It also glorifies gigantic lizard monsters and drunk-dialing your ex. I'm ambivalent about the approach, for example, that led to a recent open letter, signed by celebrities Shonda Rhimes and Julianne Moore, calling on Hollywood to reduce gun glamorization the same way it toned down cigarette smoking. Until Congress passes significant gun control

Im not a proponent of excessive gun violence in action movies, not because I believe it will have any bearing on actual-world mass shootings. Im simply stating that I can't watch these films anymore because they're too exciting. It's like peering into a mirror of future trauma; like seeing an all-too-real horrific vision that I or a loved one may perish someday.

Im not sure if im the only one who is feeling this way. However, I am certain that the American mass shooting epidemic of the last decade did not exist in a vacuum. Screenwriters may want to consider this: More and more, guns just don't feel fun.

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