Onto the next Big Release of the weekend and I have just finished watching the new Hollywood film Red Notice On Netflix. And Netflix has again pulled off a casting coup. Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, this is a cast to die for. But like most films recently, I did not know what to expect of it, having skipped the trailer. So then is Red Notice worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Red Notice follows the story of an FBI agent who reluctantly becomes a part of a heist where he partners a thief who is always a step ahead of everyone. The story is a typical one in the heist genre but promises of popcorn entertainment to the core. And the screenplay compliments it beautifully. The thing that I was most skeptical about here was if the film starts taking itself seriously. Because if that happens then there is a chance of a disarray! But thankfully this film just sticks to what it knows best – low on logic and high on humour and entertainment. And there is never a dull moment in its entire duration of 2 hours. The opening chase sequence itself is so well shot that it sets the adrenaline levels rolling as you find yourself glued to your screens. The frequent twists and turns might lack logic at times but they will certainly keep you entertained and hooked throughout. And the abundant use of humour will make you chuckle or even laugh hysterically at times. This is upto the end of the first half. Come the second half, the humour dries out a bit although the proceedings are very watchable. The action stunts including a “vintage car” chase will keep you hooked and booked although the proceedings do have an inconsistent pace here. The twist in the pre-climax was slightly unexpected culminating into a good final act that promises for a sequel. Overall, quite an entertaining screenplay!
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are sharp and filled with one liners that will make you laugh thereby keeping you entertained. The BGM is pulsating and does its bit in heightening the drama. The cinematography is solid and captures some of the action sequences brilliantly. The VFX is good too! Director Rawson Marshall Thurber definitely is aware of the pulse of the audience which has helped him in making this an entertaining affair!
The performances are pretty good. Ritu Arya as Inspector Das is quite nice and does what is required of her. Gal Gadot is the most beautiful woman in the world for me and as The Bishop she does a fabulous job in a slightly underwritten role. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as John Hartley is exceptional to look at and does well within his limitations are as actor. But the best of the lot is Ryan Reynolds as Brooth. The man has an impeccable sense of comic timing and he puts it in full use as he nails some of the one-liners. There is truely never a dull moment when he is onscreen.
Red Notice is popcorn entertainment at its absolute best. It doesn’t pretend to be smarter than it actually is and within the genre that it has been made in, it comes out a winner. Available on Netflix.