RED NOTICE is a paisa vasool entertainer that rests on the writing, direction and the star power and able performances.

Red Notice (English) Review {3.5/5} and Review Rating

Red Notice is the story of an officer trying to catch an art thief. FBI Special Agent John Hartley (Dwayne Johnson) arrives in Rome with his Interpol associate Inspector Urvashi Das (Ritu Arya). They head straight to a famous museum in an Italian city and inform the management that a priceless artifact, Cleopatra’s Egg, is about to be stolen. The manager dismisses the claims. This is when John Hartley learns that he is late and that the artwork has already been stolen by the world famous art thief, Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds). John manages to track her down to Bali. He arrests her and also takes away the egg from Nolan. Unbeknownst to John, Bishop (Gal Gadot) infiltrates the Interpol commando team that arrived to arrest Nolan. She cleverly replaces Cleopatra’s egg with a fake one and gets away with the real artwork. She also manages to send millions of dollars to John’s account. Hence, Inspector Das is sure that John is behind the robbery. She arrests him and is sent to a prison in Russia, where his cell mate is none other than Nolan. Both desperately want to escape from jail. While John seeks to prove his innocence, Nolan seeks to steal another Cleopatra’s egg, which is kept in the home of Soto Vos (Chris Diamantopoulos), an arms dealer in Valencia. Soto has used extensive security features and hence, it is almost impossible to steal eggs from there. John and Nolan escape from prison, team up and manage to infiltrate the room where the egg is kept. But as luck would have it, Bishop arrives there, determined to steal the egg and once again steal the thunder from the two. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

Movie Review Red Notice English

The story of Rawson Marshall Thurber has all the hallmarks of a commercial entertainer. It will also give a new look to Dhoom 2 [2006] For Indian audience. Rawson Marshall Thurber’s screenplay is gripping and doesn’t have a single dull moment. Most of the scenes have laughter or action. Some scenes are emotional but these too have been treated in a light-hearted manner. However, this is a mindless prank and hence, logic goes out the window. Also, each act follows a blueprint and so by the time the film reaches the pre-climax, it becomes predictable to an extent. Rawson Marshall Thurber’s dialogues are hilarious and one of the film’s strengths. The special coming out of the mouth of Ryan Reynolds brings the house down.

Rawson Marshall Thurber’s direction is paramount. He doesn’t waste time and covers a lot in just 115 minutes of run time. How the legend jumps from Rome to Bali, from Russia to Valencia, etc. is believed. But what works best is the unusual chemistry shared by the three actors. The trio are face to face and yet share some kind of chemistry and that is a very unique aspect of this film. On the other hand, many sequences are very convenient and the audience has to understand that there is no logic to what is happening on screen. Also, the way the film reaches the finale, one can expect fireworks. However, the ending comes abruptly with the promise of a sequel. This can be disappointing for a section of the audience.

The intro scene and opening credits of RED NOTICE are stylishly done and set the mood. The madness in Rome sequence is strange and thrilling. The Bali sequence is amazing as no one expected John to catch Nolan so soon. The prison sequence is hilarious and the way John and Nolan escape is nail-biting. The best part of the first half and even the film is reserved in the Valencia episode when John and Nolan fight Bishop. After the interval, the bullfight sequence erupts in laughter. The pre-climax and climax are entertaining but also a bit predictable, though the twist in the story catches you unintentionally. The finale is sudden and no one expects the film to end so soon.

Coming to the performances, all the three lead actors have brought in star power and performed really well. Dwayne Johnson is apt for such a part. His comic timing and his action adds to the fun and he doesn’t even try to dominate the other two actors. Ryan Reynolds is great and he gets the best lines in the movie. His character is a bit childish and yet, he tries to make sure that he plays exactly like he did in the recently released film Free Guy. He also gets to do his share of action, though his comic quotient is more memorable. Gal Gadot is stunning and gives another memorable performance. She has less screen time than the two male actors, but she makes up for it with her acting prowess, action, and the oomph factor she brings to the film. Ritu Arya acts confidently. Chris Diamantooulos is decent.

Steve Jablonski’s music is cinematic and has an adventurous feel. Marcus Forderer’s cinematography is breathtaking and the way he takes long shots in a novel style enhances the effect. Andy Nicholson’s production design is first-class. The costumes of Marie E Vogt are very rich and attractive to the eye, especially those worn by Gal Gadot. VFX matches global standards. The action is not disturbing at all and goes with the family-friendly style of the film. It is also choreographed smartly and in an entertaining way. Julian Clarke and Michael L. The editing of the cell is quite slick.

Overall, Red Notice is a paisa worthy entertainer that rests on the writing, direction and star power and capable performances of Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot. Had it been released in theatres, it would have been a huge grosser.

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