“Ghosted,” the new action film starring Ana de Armas and Chris Evans, has been available on Apple TV+ for a few days. So, is it worth watching?
In recent years, in addition to the series that has made its reputation, such as the award-winning “Ted Lasso,” “See,” and more recently “Severance,” Apple TV+ has ventured into producing feature films starring some of Hollywood’s biggest names.
In “Emancipation,” for example, Will Smith won an Oscar for his fabulous and moving performance in “King Richard,” leading the way. And since April 21, 2023, a new product has been added to the catalog of the famous streaming platform. Of course, it’s “Ghosted,” a romantic action-comedy featuring Ana de Armas and Chris Evans as the main stars.
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Thus, after “Knives Out” and “The Gray Man,” produced by Netflix, the two actors are reunited again to share the screen. In “Ghosted,” they play two individuals with nothing familiar but whose destinies will come together for thrilling and dangerous adventures. While the first few minutes of the story focus on the budding romance between the main characters, the rest takes a different turn. To summarize the plot, Col Turner, a handsome farmer played by Chris Evans, is smitten when he accidentally locks eyes with Sadie, a mysterious young woman portrayed by the sultry Ana de Armas.
For him, the attraction is mutual. He decides to ask her out, and she gladly accepts. They don’t hesitate to end the evening in the same bed. After their first night of passion, Sadie vanishes. Despite Col’s messages, she gives no sign of life.
Distraught, he later realizes he has been “ghosted.” However, determined to pursue a relationship with his sweetheart, he follows her to London. Upon arrival, he is kidnapped, and when he wakes up, he is shocked to learn that Sadie is a formidable CIA spy. Her mission? To prevent the sale of a biological weapon. Thus begins a long journey to save the world.
“Ghosted”: An action film that flips stereotypes
Directed by Dexter Fletcher, who has already given us gems like “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Rocketman,” “Ghosted” promises plenty of action. On the menu, there are fight scenes, explosions, and humor. Moreover, although not groundbreaking in terms of plot, with four people working on it, this action film, unlike others, still has the merit of breaking stereotypes. As evidenced by actress Ana de Armas’ comments during the premiere held in New York. Indeed, the one who dazzles as a Bond girl in “No Time to Die” stated:
“It’s important because there’s this cliché that it’s always men who carry an action movie and that only men can be tough and cool characters.”
As for Chris Evans, he enjoyed playing “the damsel in distress,” to use his words. “It’s nice to be someone who needs to be saved,” added the MCU star, who was undoubtedly happy to reunite with some friends during the shooting.
As you may have noticed, three other Marvel actors made cameo appearances in “Ghosted.” Beware of spoilers: Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie, who play the Winter Soldier, and Falcon, who is now the new Captain America. Not to mention Ryan Reynolds, aka Deadpool, a longtime friend of Chris Evans. Note that Scarlett Johansson was initially supposed to be part of the cast in the lead role. However, she had to give up her spot to Ana de Armas due to scheduling conflicts.
Focusing on the Reviews: “A Negation of Cinema”
After its release on Apple TV+, “Ghosted” received numerous reviews. Some have given it a 4 out of 5 stars; others have not been generous. We can mention Ecran Large.
“Not written, not filmed, not acted… Ghosted negates cinema, wasting a fun concept on paper and a promising duo of actors. A scam to ghost-like an SMS for your CPF account.” can be read on the website.
Similarly, Télérama magazine highlighted that the two actors “Seem lost in this pseudo-romantic spy comedy that is neither funny nor sensitive, even downright outdated.”
As for Première, the editorial staff pointed the finger at the director, judging that he doesn’t even do the bare minimum.
It’s worth noting that on Rotten Tomatoes, “Ghosted” received a low score of 28%. “Despite the big stunts and the charisma of Chris Evans and Ana de Armas, Ghosted doesn’t offer much that we haven’t already seen,” wrote a subscriber of the famous website.
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