Review: New star studded action film is Netflix’s biggest budget movie to date

Lily Naert
Contributing Writer

Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds star in “Red Notice.” Photo by Frank Masi/Netflix/TNS

“Red Notice” is a brand new action and comedy film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot. The movie has a lot of good aspects, but on most fronts, it falls short.

The film was released in theaters Nov. 5 and on Netflix Nov. 12.

According to Netflix, “Red Notice” is its most expensive movie ever made, with a budget of $200 million.

This movie mostly relies on its glitz and glam aspects, with lots of flashy outfits and jewels, countless fight scenes and of course its A-List actors. Reynolds adds a lot of the comedy aspects with his sassy attitude and remarks, and Johnson plays the role of the good guy trying to save the day.

“Red Notice” uses the same formulas as most action and heist movies, like the Mission Impossible and James Bond series. It’s also very similar to “6 Underground,” which Reynolds was in, and “Central Intelligence,” which Johnson was in. These two stars were also in “Hobbs and Shaw” together. It seems that these two actors tend to star in the same reproduced movies over and over again.

Overused plot twists and predictable scenarios make up the bulk of this movie. It’s pretty easy to guess what’s going to happen next, but this film does a good job of keeping the audience entertained, which is most likely the reason for its success with the average viewers. If “Red Notice” wanted to win over critics, it needed to have more substance and uniqueness.

The film is about an FBI agent (Johnson) who teams up with a renowned art thief (Reynolds) to catch the con women who put them both behind bars (Gadot). It is set in many different parts of the globe including Italy, Russia and South America.

“Red Notice” was written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. The run time is one-hour-and-56 minutes, and it’s rated PG-13.

In the short week the movie has been released, the critic and fan reviews are mixed. The Rotten Tomatoes score is 43%, meaning that only 43% of critics liked this film. On the other hand, the audience score is 93%, meaning that 93% of viewers gave “Red Notice” a 3.5 stars or higher rating.

One critic, Dennis Schwartz, said, “A nonsensical and dull but glossy heist action/comedy.”

One viewer, Linda Johnson, said, “I loved this movie! It was good, clean fun with an interesting story and likable characters! Totally recommend!”

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