Red Notice review: Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds & Dwayne Johnson's star power isn't enough to sail you through this disappointment
When Hollywood A-listers like Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot join hands for a film you can’t help but sit up and notice. Except when the film is Red Notice, it is recommended that you keep pressing snooze on that idea of watching it because trust me you have seen it before.
Ryan Reynolds' whacky one-liners, The Rock’s muscle-flexing and Gal Gadot’s glamorous avatar slash ninja skills are put to work right from the second they set foot into the frame while the writers seem to have conveniently decided to sit this one out as far as the story is concerned and let these Hollywood biggies take over the show.
Red Notice is a painful reminder of how desperately the world needs new formulas for heist films as original plot twists aren’t a thing anymore and despite being overstuffed with them you could put your money on a predictable ending. For what there is to the story, the film is about a wanted conman Nathan Booth (Ryan) who is the world’s greatest art thief, an FBI art profiler John Hartley (The Rock) determined to catch him and another con woman who goes by the name of ‘The Bishop’ (Gal Gadot) who is determined to outsmart them both. While all three get involved in an international heist to secure three ancient gold eggs that have a multi-million dollars reward on them, it sets in motion a cat and mouse chase with an Interpol agent Urvashi Das (played by Ritu Arya) hot on their heels.
For a Bollywood fan who has grown up seeing extreme lengths of drama in films too, Ryan and Dwayne’s bro bonding over daddy issues in Red Notice seems like an overkill. The two stars seriously need to start finding new ways of exiting an audience for Ryan’s one-liners got old some three films ago in his filmography and while Dwayne Johnson’s muscle-flexing is a lot restrained in the film, it is made evident that he’s the man assigned to do the literal heavy lifting and punching. There’s a joke at the beginning about him not looking the part of an art profiler but the film itself is not well above leaving heavy doors for him to open or picking heavy rocks in the most mundane sequences. In the end, his character is simply being dragged around by the other two in many places which is no fun either.
Gal Gadot too simply packs her Wonder Woman skill set and puts it on display here and is seen besting the two men in one mid-heist action sequence. While the scene was a momentary delight, she seems to be putting too much of an effort into trying to be the bad guy but fails in doing a convincing job. Sadly the three stars joining forces doesn’t really make the film exciting enough to hold your attention.
The most taxing part of the film perhaps are the plot twists which are so predictable that I’d rather be excited about watching Dhoom 2 for the nth time. There’s a sufficient amount of action in the film which moves from continent to continent but isn’t half as striking as the scenery changes which ultimately add no value to the story.
For being the most expensive film on the streaming giant Netflix, Red Notice is sorely disappointing and ultimately an instantly forgettable watch.