Rawson Marshall Thurber's action-comedy falls below expectations but is nonetheless entertaining because of the sheer magnetism of its three leads.
Johnson is John Hartley, a man who finds himself framed and locked up with big-time conman Nolan Booth (Reynolds) after his pursuit of the latter goes south, thanks to The Bishop (Gadot), a gorgeous criminal who is out to steal three priceless artifacts.
Desperate to clear his name, Hartley forges a temporary alliance with Booth to get to the three treasured items first before The Bishop and put her in handcuffs afterward. But the smiling femme fatale proves to be too much to handle for both men who can't seem to agree on anything.
As a filmmaker, director Rawson Marshall Thurber delivers with the needed camerawork; the cinematography is very good and the pacing of the film is apt for the plot. The only major issue seems to be this rehashed story of what we have seen countless times.
While Red Notice is mostly predictable (the only time it isn't is when a major twist plays out towards the end), its entertainment value is on the high side, thanks to its three singular lead actors.
Johnson plays a serious character whose charisma and capabilities are put to the test endlessly with having to work with someone who constantly gets on his nerves. It's always a pleasure to watch him and he does what he is required here.
Reynolds does what Reynolds does best; play the funny guy character that he has been playing since after the Deadpool movie. He is good at playing comic roles but for God's sake, it's becoming too much of a drag.
As the character who creates the conflict in the story, Gadot seems well-suited for the part, smiling her way through conquest after conquest. Even though she isn't Wonder Woman here, I couldn't help but be reminded of that character here.
The action is definitely what fans of the genre would come to expect but in between all that, what you get is two men constantly trading insults and taking jabs at each other while their mentally superior foe stays one step ahead.
The twist when it came really took me unawares (trust me guys, this is one of those ones you NEVER see coming). It was truly something to behold.
Saying more than has already been said will only lead to spoilers and that's something I would rather not do. Movie fans hoping to get entertained will get their time and money's worth, plus Johnson, Reynolds, and Gadot light up the screen. Anyone looking for something else will be disappointed.
While Red Notice isn't what many would hope, it isn't what I would call a disappointment as the aforementioned stars make sure there is no dull moment.