One thing I will say is that, bar the opening sequence, the plot finds its footing very quickly. We’re thrown into a museum chase where FBI profiler John Hartley (Dwayne Johnson) is pursuing art thief Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds). Booth is after Cleopatra’s eggs, but so is the Bishop (Gal Gadot), another, more elusive art thief. You can imagine how the rest of the story might play out: friendships are formed, secrets are revealed, long distances are traveled in impossibly short times — the staples of a traditional heist film.
Needless to say, I can understand why Ryan Reynolds is taking a break from acting. He’s done a string of films where he plays practically the same character, and I can imagine that would get exhausting after a while. Granted, I don’t dislike what Reynolds does on screen, he’s a magnetic presence and he works very well with Johnson and Gadot — I just think it’s best when actors play against type. You won’t be seeing much of that here.
Red Notice works with the tools that it has, and ends up a perfectly entertaining, albeit very silly, globe-hopping heist comedy. The script isn’t the best, but the cast’s charisma and evident commitment make up for it. It delivers exactly what you expect — it’s up to you whether that’s a good or bad thing. [Grade: B]
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Writer: Rawson Marshall Thurber