Gal Gadot plays a Russian art thief. Photograph: Frank Masi/Netflix © 2021

In Red Notice, Dwayne Johnson plays John Hartley, FBI’s top profiler, in a global pursuit to hunt 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 story circles around bejeweled eggs given by Julius Caesar to Cleopatra. It is filled with twists and turns and double-crossings.

The characters are quite complicated and slapstick funny. Without giving away spoilers, writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber balances comedy with depth, moving the story with just enough character development to add curiosity. “The movie that you see is pretty much everything that Rawson had written, but he always gave us room to play, and I love playing and ad-libbing,” Johnson said in the production notes.

Dwayne Johnson had a hard time fitting into a sports car to shoot a chase scene. After they greased him, he managed to fit in just enough to film some action, Johnson told talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. Photograph: Frank Masi/Netflix © 2021

Dwayne Johnson (Jungle Cruise, Jumanji, Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw) is great at what he does. It’s about the gestures and cool. While he can take a verbal punch and a right hook on the chin easily, there’s no doubt that he could snap you in half if pushed too far. Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, Life) plays the perfect opposite with his motor mouth; the taunts and jokes are endless.

Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), displays apt martial arts. The Israeli-born actress turns into a Russian art thief with wit, flair and very high kicks.

As an interesting fact, most of the scenes were shot in a studio in Atlanta while the movie takes place across the globe.

No sign of fake props.

The ride is real.

Red Notice’ premieres on Netflix on November 12.


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