Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Written by: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds
Logline: An Interpol-issued Red Notice is a global alert to hunt and capture the world’s most wanted. But when a daring heist brings together the FBI’s top profiler (Johnson) and two rival criminals (Gadot, Reynolds), there’s no telling what will happen.
Netflix has been trying to corner the market of action-packed films for a while. They tried with Spenser Confidential, 6 Underground and Extraction; although those films didn’t exactly click for me, they appealed to the masses.
In Red Notice, they see the bringing together of three globally iconic characters in Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds, in trying to bring the most prominent spectacle we’ve seen from the streaming platform yet.
The movie starts with a hell of a chase of art thief Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds), who blends a bunch of hand-to-hand combat parkour and clever escapes, leading to our first meeting of John Hartley (Dwayne Johnson) and Nolan. The pair have several unforeseen things happen where they end up in jail together and have to form an unlikely team to break themselves out.
It was nice seeing Gal Gadot in a different role as this villain known as The Bishop. I love when we see actors look like they are having fun on the screen because it brings out the best in them and that’s what it did here with Gadot.
Dwayne Johnson is a once-in-a-generation action star. He is the type of guy who doesn’tdoesn’t matter the story, script, or movie he delivers and elevates those around him to bring their A-game. Johnson could have impeccable chemistry with a wall or, in this case, Ryan Reynolds. They provide what’s expected with tongue-in-cheek cheese one-liners that provide several laughs and Reynolds humor while somewhat all the same anymore still works well with Johnson.
Sure, the story is somewhat predictable, but it has a few fun little twists and turns that keep things exciting and a few cameos that make you laugh aloud. The film is an effortless watch that you could watch over and over again. I hope to see more from this trio in the future.