Red Notice Movie Review
If there were a film that embodied Netflix’s approach to original movies, it’s Red Notice: an A-list cast, an absurd budget, and a completely forgettable end product.
Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot star in the crime comedy-adventure about dueling art thieves in a race around the world to recover a missing artifact. Writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber, who has largely made shit since his 2004 Dodgeball film, was for some reason handed $200 million to direct Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot in what can best be described as a mediocre rehash of better movies, derived from Netflix’s algorithms to drive clicks and views.
Red Notice is entirely viewable--Reynolds delivers the kind of witty marks you’d expect from him and Johnson does what Johnson does best, amidst a series of serviceable action sequences--and maintains a moderate level of entertainment value that will likely satisfy those looking for a dumb action they don’t have to pay extra for.
But nothing about this movie screams “must see,” nor does it feel like a $200 million blockbuster. There isn’t a single standout action scene, Reynolds and Johnson have been better in other, similar films, and it just feels like a movie going through the motions. Gadot, by the way, is given very little to do.
Not a complete waste but a hard sell for two hours of your valuable time, Red Notice is a marginal effort that defies its cast and budget--and not in a good way. As does nearly every Netflix movie.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.