Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds are the main headliners of “Red Notice” on Netflix. What is the most expensive original film the platform has ever produced worth?
WHAT IS IT ABOUT ?
When Interpol triggers a Red Alert – intended to hunt down and capture the world’s most wanted criminals – the FBI calls in its top profiler, John Hartley. He travels the planet until one day he finds himself embarked on a spectacular heist and forced to team up with the world’s greatest art thief Nolan Booth to… stop the most art thief in the world. sought after in the world, “the Madman”.
WHO IS IT WITH?
For this blockbuster worthy of the greatest Hollywood blockbusters, Netflix has assembled a dream cast of the three biggest stars on the planet: Dwayne Johnson (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) .
The former wrestler lends his features to John Hartley, an FBI agent specializing in counterfeit art objects. This role offers Dwayne Johnson the opportunity to shine in his two favorite genres: action and comedy.
At his side, Ryan Reynolds plays Nolan Booth, a con artist arrested by Hartley following a theft committed in a museum in Rome. Smarter than he appears, Booth has no equal in devising escape plans and possesses parkour-like physical abilities.
Finally, the trio is completed by Gal Gadot, who lends her features to a thief as poisonous as she is bewitching. Skillful at blurring the lines and sowing discord among her enemies, she also has close combat training.
DOES IT DESERVE A LOOK?
To bring together three of the biggest stars in the world, Netflix did not hesitate to put its hand in its pocket by endowing itself with a budget of around 200 million – its most expensive original production of all time – for Red Notice. , action comedy filmed around the world. From Rome to Valencia, passing through the magnificent landscapes of Bari and Cairo, the feature film by Rawson Marshall Thurber takes us around the world without having to move from our sofa.
The film’s XXL budget is particularly felt in the many action scenes, both generous in quantity and breathtaking in terms of quality. Clear, rhythmic, they give the feature film a permanent feeling of racing against the clock, while the plans developed by the duo Hartley and Booth fall into place quickly enough for the plot to flow at a steady pace.
The chemistry between the three main actors is undoubtedly the main quality of this film. Everyone brings their own gimmicks, sometimes stretched to the limit, thus saving time in the exposure of the characters: Dwayne Johnson as a brute endowed with a sense of humor, Ryan Reynolds as a clumsy thief adept at self-mockery, and Gal Gadot as a woman of provocative action.
From a scriptwriting point of view, Red Notice is certainly a rather classic and unsurprising blockbuster, despite some more or less surprising twists. Nevertheless, the film is presented above all as a generous and well-made action comedy, which greatly benefits from the good humor displayed on the screen of its three main actors. So why sulk her pleasure?
A real cat and mouse game, Red Notice therefore has almost all the ingredients of a successful blockbuster. If we could also enumerate its faults (unequal performances according to the talent of the actors, a lack of originality in the plot and some scriptwriting inconsistencies), it is nevertheless difficult not to recognize in this new Netflix feature film sufficient qualities to have a good time in the company of these three entertainment cinema superstars.