Netflix’s most expensive project so far relies too much on routine security.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot. Or Luke Hobbs, Deadpool and Wonder Woman, when he takes the most popular roles of this star trio. Now brought together by director and screenwriter Rawson Marshall Thurber in Netflix’s most expensive $ 200 million project yet.
Unexpected alliances and tricks
Nearly a third of that amount was swallowed by the royalties of the three major stars, each receiving an equivalent of $ 20 million each, and the rest was largely spent on special effects. Because even though the film looks narrative and takes place similarly to bond films in several places and continents of the world (Italy, Russia, Argentina, Egypt), due to the limitations associated with the covid pandemic, it was shot in studios in Atlanta, where the giant scenery of these locations. Due to the authenticity, the staff only went to Italy, where the opening scene of the robbery takes place at the Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo.
In addition to the historical prologue, she will also introduce MacGuffin, which will be played here. It is a trio of golden eggs, which, according to a fictional legend, was given two thousand years ago by Marcus Antonius to Queen Cleopatra as a wedding gift. The eggs have disappeared and reappeared over time, and now the three main characters are striving for them.
These include top artifact thieves, Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds), his biggest competitor in the field, Sarah Black (Gal Gadot), known as The Bishop, and an FBI special agent for criminal profiling, John Hartley (Dwayne). Johnson). The fourth important player in this game is Interpol agent Urvashi Das (Ritu Arya).
These three, and therefore four, characters go after each other, trying to transport each other and throw the other from the currently advantageous position. During their tug-of-war, the forces regroup, at times they are forced to cooperate and pull together, so that the subsequent tripping of one or more of them shows that it was a purely purposeful connection. The answer to the question of who really represents the law party in this quartet is then part of the final twist, which is not so difficult to estimate.
Clichés of robbery comedies
Rawson Marshall Thurber, as the screenwriter of the film, works with the most proven clichés of robbery and hoaxing action comedies, from the point of which he is at the same time tightening. For example, when he reveals the family background of thieves and at the same time finds simplistic psychological motivations for committing a crime.
The twists are therefore relatively predictable, as are the motives the screenwriter works with. Whether it’s a stay and an escape from a Russian prison, or a secret bunker in the South American jungle with works of art stolen by the Nazis. The escape from it by its character directly refers to the series about Indiana Jones, as well as other scenes. For example, the one in which Sarah is trying to get information from a pair of men tied together.
You will recognize more of the films that inspired Thurber. Treasure hunters, Danny’s companions, Scammers, at random. He combines the robber heist comedy with a buddy movie and elements of prison and adventure films. He doesn’t skimp on pop culture jokes and allusions to films like Pulp Fiction, Jurassic Park, Shawshank Redemption, Titanic or Cleopatra, as well as specific personalities, one of whom is famous by one of the famous singers.
A director’s bet on routine security
The director who has already made The Intelligence and The Rock with The Rock Skyscraper, he relies a lot on the star trefoil actor, but he can’t, or rather doesn’t want to, extract more from them than we expect from them. Dwayne Johnson is again a kind-hearted tough guy, Ryan Reynolds is a talkative reporter and Gal Gadot is a sexy vamp who is more cunning than the two of them combined.
The bet on security is so present in both the script and the acting, and of the three main protagonists, Ryan Reynolds works best. For both Gal Gadot and Johnson, I couldn’t shake the impression that their acting didn’t have the spark this film needed, which is noticeable, for example, in the untapped potential of male partner scenes.
And it’s similar with Thurber’s direction. The two-hour film has a brisk pace, but the director can’t come up with any new ideas that would allow us to remember any of it more significantly. In this way, he recycles motifs that work in similar genre films, but without any added invention.
This also applies to the action scenes, the best of which is the opening one in Rome. They will do without blood and not a single person will die during them, which can be attributed to the creators’ efforts to make this blockbuster as acceptable to the audience as possible. Some will see an old-world genre approach, others a sterile presentation.
I would say that both are true and it is related to the director’s effort to offer fans what they expect, but without any significant added value. As a result, Red Notice becomes a single-use consumer product that won’t leave a big impression. He entertains, but he can’t really make use of his trumps, whether it’s a budget or an actor’s trefoil.
- Genre: action comedy
- Original name: Red Notice
- USA, 2021
- Screenplay: Rawson Marshall Thurber
- Režie: Rawson Marshall Thurber
- Hrají: Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds, Ritu Arya, Chris Diamantopoulos, Ivan Mbakop
- Distribution: Netflix
- Distribution premiere in the Czech Republic: November 12, 2021
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