The casting in this film is excellent. Ryan Reynolds plays a wisecracking art thief who seems tailor-made for the part. You can’t help but like him when you’re here. Dwayne Johnson plays a committed FBI agent who gets framed and finds up working with Reynolds to arrest Gal Gadot, the world’s number one art thief.
Johnson is a natural in these kinds of roles. He’s incredibly convincing, and in a good cop/bad policeman situation, he and Reynolds get along swimmingly. Gadot also performs a fantastic job on her part. She’s the ideal actor for the role of a seductive thief with a few secrets under her sleeve.
With a fun crime-action thriller like Red Notice, having a competent and humorous cast is a prerequisite. The action segments, which include some remarkable feats, are also well-executed. The most spectacular action moment occurs at the finale, with a thrilling South American vehicle chase. I also enjoyed the places, particularly the snow-covered Russian jail. With this type of high-octane entertainment, all you need are picturesque locales to fit the atmosphere.
There’s some good comedy in Red Notice. Almost all of it falls into Reynolds’ lap, and he delivers it with his trademark caustic flair. What I enjoyed best about this script, though, was the unexpected storyline twist near the conclusion. I wondered if there would be a twist as the movie went, but I wasn’t expecting the one they delivered. The twist was a lot of fun for me, and it really sets up a sequel that I’d like to see.
Another plus is Rawson Marshall Thurber’s directing. All of the action is properly recorded, and most of the sequences have a great polished appearance to them. Poorly shot action scenes are something I despise.
The primary flaw of Red Notice is that it tries to be romantic and pull at the heartstrings multiple times. These attempts fail miserably and conflict with the film’s general lighthearted and enjoyable tone. Thankfully, this is only addressed in a few instances.
I believe they should have given it another look to freshen it up a bit, since there’s a lot of potential here, and with a few minor tweaks, I believe it could have been much better. If Red Notice isn’t showing at a cinema near you, I’d recommend viewing it on Netflix at home. This is a good show to watch from the comfort of your own home. I’m hoping for a sequel that expands on this story and irons out some of the small flaws. see our rating below.
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