Coming in red hot

Familiar actors star in a new popular Netflix original action/comedy movie

Red Notice hit select theatres on Nov. 6 and aired on Netflix on Nov. 12 featuring a very popular cast such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and actress Gal Gadot.

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Red Notice hit select theatres on Nov. 6 and aired on Netflix on Nov. 12 featuring a very popular cast such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and actress Gal Gadot.

Riley Kramolisch, Manaing Editor

Scrolling through the new releases on Netflix I noticed some familiar faces. The actors Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot popped up on my screen with the words “Red Notice underneath them. Having watched other popular movies with those actors in them, I had high hopes for this film. This was an action-adventure comedy that kept me intrigued and interested the entire time with its subtle but very funny jokes and action-packed fight scenes. When I had first found this film I wasn’t only intrigued by the actors, but the plot, too.

This movie is about a thief, Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds), who steals millions of dollars of artwork when an Interpol Issued Red Notice (the highest level warrant to hunt and capture one of the most wanted thieves) after stealing one of three of Cleopatra’s golden eggs. The FBI’s top profiler John Hartley (Dwayne Johnson) is sent on a mission to capture Booth and take him to jail. On Hartley’s global pursuit, he finds himself in the middle of a daring heist where he ends up forced to work with Booth when Hartley is suddenly framed for stealing one of the golden eggs.

During an action-filled escape plan and egg rescue mission, Booth and Hartley get caught up with the world’s most wanted art thief, The Bishop (Gal Gadot). Knowing The Bishop has two of the eggs, they are all in a race to locate the third egg. Taking them around the world, through a prison, into the jungle and in a constant run from the police they are tasked with mentally tough obstacles and having to deal with each other’s constant company.

While I was watching this movie I was very engaged because of the color contrast and the special effects they used throughout the film. In one of the scenes, The Bishop is wearing a bright statement piece of a red dress, but there was also a darker red background. Even though the background was also red, her bright dress drew your attention towards her which was important in big ballroom scenes.

Throughout the movie there were many fight scenes that were more of just battles, not like other action movies where several people are killed. These scenes were more of a performance type of fight, which I thought fit very well with the premise of the storyline. Rather than having vicious killing scenes, these battles helped viewers’ minds focus on the comedy aspect of this film while also enjoying the action part. 

There were some scenes in the movie where they would go to a flashback to show you the past of the characters. In some movies when they jump back, they jump at an odd time in the movie or the flashback doesn’t explain enough of what is going on in the flim to make you have an “ah ha” moment. There were a couple of flashbacks in this movie that were placed very well that helped explain the storyline in the present time of the movie.

At the end of the movie there is a major plot twist amongst the characters that caught me off guard which I was not expecting, but I thought it was a great unexpected ending. I hope with that ending they could possibly make a sequel that I would for sure have to watch since this was a very good movie.

I really enjoyed this movie and would give it a four out of five stars. I thought the plot of the movie was different from most thief/FBI movies, and I felt that the actors were thoroughly thought out and perfect for the roles they had played. The music they added completed the movie in the best way it could and added depth to the storyline. I would recommend this movie to anyone who is looking for a good laugh but also wants to be kept intrigued by an in-depth plot with some very familiar cast.