Red Notice Review: Tons of Star Power, No Story

When you have three of the biggest stars in Hollywood going to Netflix for a project, it is no surprise that the film is getting massive attention. 

As a platform, Netflix doesn’t have much to lose with a massive subscriber base and it’s not like they are known for quality content (proven by their live-action remake of Cowboy Bebop). The question is Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot simply starring in this film enough to make it watchable?

They better be for 20 million apiece. 

Red Notice is a film starring Dwanye Johnson as FBI Agent John Hartley who is working with Interpol agent Urvashi Das in investigating the theft of one of Cleopatra’s three bejeweled eggs worth over 100 million dollars. 

Hartley notices the egg on display is a forgery and the real egg has been stolen by international art thief Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds) who manages to escape. Booth is eventually captured by Hartley who is later set up by a third thief named Sarah Black (Gal Gadot) aka The Bishop and both men are sent to jail. 

Harley and Booth must work together to find the last two eggs before the Bishop cashes in on the nine-figure prize posted by a billionaire collector.

A film that is carried by its three A-List leads really doesn’t have much else going for it. The storyline is generic as they come, a simple heist film that tries to be smarter than it actually is. In the film, Dwayne Johnson plays straight man to Ryan Reynolds who is virtually the same character in every movie but when you get paid this much, why change anything? Reynolds one-liners are very hit or miss, the most modern the reference the more groan-inducing it is. Gal Gadot is the odd woman out in this movie as she is barely in the film as compared to Johnson and Reynolds. 

Red Notice spent a ton of money on special effects which feels like a waste given the exotic locations that the film was shot in. With the massive payroll for its stars along with the added budget of COVID protocols and travel, it is no surprise why this is Netflix’s first 200 million dollar film in their history. 

If you are watching this movie, you are watching it for the star power, if you are expecting anything more from this Netflix comedy, you should quickly realize that you are asking Netflix for a quality entertainment and promptly award yourself an L.

2.5/5


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