Red Notice

I love Dwayne Johnson. I really enjoy Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot. There is no way a movie with these three awesome stars could fail to be anything but great, right?

Hm.

Netflix’s new gigantic star-studded cast featuring The Rock, Deadpool and Wonder Woman dropped on the streaming service this weekend and I hate to say it, but it is not a very good movie.

Sure, it has some moments. You have three remarkably charismatic and thoroughly likable actors at the head of the cast so there is no doubt that there were going to be some good scenes. Problem was that there just was not enough scenes to overcome the lack of a story or some of the implausible scenes that passed for action.

FBI agent John Hartley (Dwayne Johnson) was in pursuit of one of the greatest art thieves in the world, Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds), by teaming up with another art thief, The Bishop (Gal Gadot). Booth was searching for three golden eggs that once belonged to Cleopatra and Hartley was trying to stop him. Unfortunately, Hartley is double crossed by The Bishop, causing both him and Booth to be arrested and sent to prison. They teamed up to attempt an escape and to hopefully beat The Bishop to the mysterious third egg, an egg that only Booth knows the location for.

There is an Interpol agent too, Inspector Urvashi Das (Ritu Arya), who plays the role of late to the party cop who busts in at either the perfect or worst possible moment. She does it several times during the film and good be considered the worst Deus ex Machina ever.

There was no reason to care about whether the characters were able to steal these Egyptian eggs and, without any stakes, the plot had no connection with the audience. With all the betrayal going on already, what happens in the movie does not pack any punch either. It is so convoluted that when you look back, nothing really fits together or makes any kind of sense.

Yes, Johnson, Reynolds and Gadot are great and have some decent chemistry with one another, but there is just not enough chemistry to overcome the weakness of the plot, the lack of character development outside of a couple of scenes that felt pushed in to the film or the suspension of disbelief.

Sadly, this is a disappointment.

2.5 stars

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