Movie Review: Red Notice (2021)

Synopsis: FBI profiler John Hartley helps Interpol catch a thief looking to steal three gold eggs that once belonged to Cleopatra. However, when he is later framed for stealing one of the eggs, Hartley is imprisoned with the thief, Nolan Booth, and needs to pair up with Booth both to escape a maximum-security prison and catch a thief known as The Bishop, the woman who framed him, so he can prove his innocence.

Who's in it? The movie stars Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Ritu Arya and Chris Diamantopoulos.

Review: I saw a preview reminding me of this movie on Netflix a few days ago and ended up adding it to my list. I was in the mood to watch something with my wife last night and since I couldn't find a decent horror film, decided to give it a try. Overall, I thought it was a fun movie.

Johnson and Reynolds worked pretty well together. There was a good mix of comedy and their characters, Hartley and Booth, seemed to have a good rapport while still being believable as two rivals who had no reason to trust each other. It made some of the action scenes more entertaining because it was difficult to tell if they would work as a team or one of them would try to betray the other.

Even though Gal Gadot is a well-known actress and I had heard of her, this was the first time I had actually seen her in a movie. And I loved her. She played the role of the villainess perfectly and I especially loved the big fight scene involving her, Johnson and Reynolds and the way she handled the latter two without seeming to even break a sweat. As someone with two daughters, I've grown to appreciate strong female characters in movies, even if they are the bad guy.

Some parts of the movie were a little predictable, especially the "surprise" twist toward the end that I was able to guess at about halfway through. However, I do have to admit I also liked how some of the characters almost seemed to read my mind at times. For example, during the scene inside a hidden bunker, Booth comments about just forgetting about the egg and selling all the priceless artifacts they found literally seconds after I said the same thing. It was almost as though I wrote the dialog for the script myself.

Final Opinion: As I said, some parts of the movie are a little predictable and a couple of the action shots might have been slightly more exciting with better editing, but I enjoyed watching what was an entertaining and fun film.

My Grade: B


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