Review: Red Notice (2021)

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David North-Martino

Nov 15, 2021

Review: Red Notice (2021)

Red Notice is an action-comedy written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence, Skyscraper). The Film stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Central Intelligence, Skyscraper), Ryan Reynolds (Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place, Deadpool), and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman, Fast & Furious). 
A documentary voiceover by Robert Clotworthy (Ancient Aliens, The Curse of Oak Island) gets the audience up to speed but is unnecessary.

The opening sequence explains a “Red Notice (noun): (is) The highest level of arrest warrant issued by The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). Reserved for the world’s most wanted criminals.” 

Dwayne Johnson plays John Hartley, an FBI criminal profiler hot on the case of an attempt to steal one of Cleopatra’s (who Gadot will play in an upcoming film) bejeweled eggs. The thief is the wise-cracking Nolan Booth played by Ryan Reynolds. Both Johnson and Reynolds basically play themselves. At least, they don’t go beyond what you usually see of them. Reynolds has a successful shtick, and he sticks to it. Together, they are forced to team up to hunt The Bishop (Gal Godot). Godot is probably the best of the bunch. 

For the rest of the runtime, we watch the characters chase the three egg MacGuffin (McMuffin). (Is that a hidden joke, or did Reynolds mention it? I can’t remember. He said something about a MacGuffin, but he may have missed out on that joke. If so, you're welcome!)

Red Notice is predictable and completely ridiculous, but its biggest crime is that it’s not very funny. 
Still, Red Notice is well-produced, slick, and easy to watch. Unfortunately, the story, performances, and jokes are mediocre, but it’s a fun enough time waster and would also be fine as a background movie. 

If you enjoy this movie, you may be in luck, they set it up for a sequel.

Red Notice is streaming on Netflix.

Rating: Three out of five stars

Story Doctoring:

Give the audience some credit. Get rid of the opening documentary and explanation, and let the information unfold naturally. 

DNM