Red Notice – Review

Red Notice
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When an Interpol-issued Red Notice — the highest level warrant to hunt and capture the world’s most wanted— goes out, the FBI’s top profiler John Hartley (Dwayne Johnson) is on the case. His global pursuit finds him smack dab in the middle of a daring heist where he’s forced to partner with the world’s greatest art thief Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds) in order to catch the world’s most wanted art thief, “The Bishop” (Gal Gadot). The high-flying adventure that ensues takes the trio around the world, across the dance floor, trapped in a secluded prison, into the jungle and, worst of all for them, constantly into each other’s company. The all star cast is joined by Ritu Arya and Chris Diamantopolous. Directed and written by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence, Skyscraper) and produced by Hiram Garcia, Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions, Beau Flynn’s Flynn Picture Co. and Thurber’s Bad Version, Inc., Red Notice is a stylish globe-trotting game of cat-and-mouse (and cat).

If you thought the pairing of Ryan Reynold and Dwayne Johnson was a match made in heaven… add Gal Gadot and you have nirvana. Red Notice is one of the best films of 2021. It’s a popcorn flick that will make you want to go back for seconds, even thirds.

Only 15-minutes in and these were the comments heard from my family that joined me on this ride: “This reminds me of a Bond movie.” “Ryan Reynolds has the best delivery.” “I love The Rock”. Red Notice is filled with laughs, amazing action, and twists and turns that will keep you guessing the entire time.

The film wisely uses Curse of Oak Island narrator Clint Clotworthy for a fictional historical documentary giving the backstory of the items up for theft… the three eggs of Cleopatra. As the viewer, we get to travel around the world with locations like Rome, France, Egypt, and Hawaii, which stood in for Argentina.

Johnson is an FBI agent, John Hartley, who must pair up with Reynolds (Nolan Booth), an art thief, to catch the world’s most wanted art thief, Gal Gadot (Sarah Black). The marriage of convenience is setup after Hartley is framed, by Black, for stealing an egg. Their relationship is riddled with quips, riffs, and bonding. I wonder if that’s how their relationship was on set? Their connection gets messy when they face off against Gal Gadot for the first time.

Interpol agent, Inspector Das (Rita Arya), who was paired with Hartley before his arrest, is on the hunt for Booth and Hartley while they’re on the run. Arya is so steadfast in her role that my youngest started to dislike her for trying to catch the duo.

The action is top notch. The fight choreography is great. The Rock even falls into a pond he may have swum in previously in The Rundown. The movie never really takes itself seriously and, thus, is a tonne of fun.

Unfortunately, Netflix subscribers must wait until November 12th to take the ride, but you’ll be able to catch it in theatres this week. If you have a chance to see this on the big screen, do it.


  • Ryan Reynolds' delivery
  • Gal Gadot kicking butt


  • Nothing much to complain about.


Since seeing Star Wars on TV as a child Shane has been hooked on movies. In 2001 he decided to start up his own webpage dedicated to his new love DVD. Now, over 20-years later he continues to FEED YOUR HUNGER with the latest Theatrical, Blu-ray and DVD reviews.

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