Review: Red Notice

RED NOTICE (2021)

A frenzied globetrotting adventure that never takes its foot off of the gas, Red Notice is an ambitious, bombastically fun film that doesn’t always hit its marks, but is often laugh-out-loud funny and leaves you wanting more. 

An Interpol agent (Dwayne Johnson) unwillingly teams up with a renowned art thief (Ryan Reynolds) to capture another art thief (Gal Gadot), who is in search of the lost eggs of Cleopatra. Those who love Reynolds and his sarcastic, dry humor better buckle up, because there is a ton of it here. He shares an awkward, yet fitting chemistry with Johnson in Red Notice that is simply hysterical. Journeying from country to country, they continue to encounter Gadot’s character of The Bishop who seems to always be a step ahead. Gadot is loose and fun here, though not necessarily the menacing villain you would want from a film like this; she is backed by Chris Diamantopoulos’ Sotto Voce, an unfortunate choice that undermines the strong female character and never truly allows her to flourish. 

Sure, most of the film’s plot asks you to leave reason at the door and takes leaps that are not always satisfying, but it sure is an absolute blast to watch. Think Oceans 11, Die Another Day, The Mummy, and Indiana Jones all wrapped up into one film and you get Rawson Thurber’s Red Notice. The twists and turns are impressive and reminiscent of a time where we were just allowed to enjoy the surprises without having to over-analyze every aspect of the film. Red Notice delivers exactly what we’ve been sold and lays the foundation for more adventures to come, something that I find myself desperately wanting. What a great time this movie is, a sure hit for Netflix.

Red Notice hits Netflix on Friday.

Rating: 4/5

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