Red Notice is the newest from Dwayne Johnson, starring alongside Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot. Three of the biggest names in Hollywood together, and now streaming on Netflix. Here’s my review.
There’s no point in saying who else is in the movie. It’s all about Johnson, Reynolds, and Gadot. It’s directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, known for Dodgeball, We’re The Millers, Central Intelligence, and Skyscraper.
The story for Red Notice is about three eggs, three golden eggs, given to Cleopatra by Mark Anthony in old-timey Rome or something. Two of them are in museums and the third one has been lost for a long time. Reynolds is an art thief and is trying to steal the second egg from a museum. There to catch him is Johnson. He plays a top FBI profiler. Yeah, they gave The Rock the brain in this one.
Reynolds eventually gets caught. However, when he’s arrested Johnson is suspected of being involved as well and both of them end up in a Russian prison. It’s OK though, since Reynolds is a great escape artist.
It turns out that Gadot is the one who set up Johnson. She is another art thief and always trying to outdo Reynolds. Eventually, the three of them end up looking for all three of the golden eggs to get a huge payday from a rich tycoon who wants them.
There is a heist for the second egg and then they have to find the third one, and only Reynolds knows where it is.
This is the story in a brief summary and, I won’t lie, the overall story was pretty good. I mean, it’s not Shakespeare, but it’s not The Rise of Skywalker either. I did find I enjoyed following the characters on their merry chase. By the way, a Red Notice is Interpols most-wanted list, which Reynolds is on.
The main problem was the cast. You have three of the biggest names in Hollywood and they are just playing themselves. Johnson is playing The Rock, Reynolds is playing Deadpool, and Gadot is playing her roles from Fast And Furious and Wonder Woman, without the sexy leather.
I didn’t expect any of them to be stretching their acting skills, but all three of them hardly had to do anything, apart from turn up, say their lines, and learn a few fight moves. I am being a little overly harsh, I mean, what do you expect from a Johnson movie?
Johnson is just being Johnson. I loved how he was a profiler, especially the size he is. I guessed he must have been reading psychology books while bench pressing a bus. There was one moment in the prison where a prisoner beats the shite out of him and he just takes it. About 2 minutes later, he’s then kicking everyone’s ass!
I did find myself laughing at Reynolds. He is funny in this, but they are mostly throw-away lines and one-liners much like in Deadpool. I have a childish sense of humor so I did find some of them funny. Although, if I wanted to see Reynolds being the Merc with the Mouth, I would just watch Deadpool again.
Gadot is Gadot is a very attractive lady who can kick some ass. As I said, she’s pretty much the same character she played in the Fast And Furious movies. There wasn’t really a character to talk about.
There are other cast members. Ritu Arya plays an Interpol agent trying to keep up with the main three. She was good, very attractive, but ultimately didn’t have much to do. Chris Diamantopoulos plays the wealthy owner of the second egg that they try to steal. He was just weird and did a Batman voice which was annoying.
The other thing that really annoyed me was the green screen, I genuinely think that the three main actors didn’t leave LA and it was all on a set or in a studio. Some of it is subtle, some of it is blindingly obvious. It’s a shame they seem to rely on computers more and more these days.
Overall, I give Red Notice a straight down the middle 2.5 stars out of 5. There is a fairly decent story there, although the third act is a complete rip-off of Raiders of the Lost Ark. So much so that Reynolds makes a joke about it. The main three are just getting a paycheck. Some of the locations look amazing, but not the CG ones.
I did kind of enjoy it and there is a good cameo at the end that made me smile, but there’s nothing outstanding about the movie. I might watch it again if it ever comes to TV, but I won’t be in a hurry. If you want to waste a couple of hours on a stupid action flick, you will have some fun with this.