A Red Notice is like Interpol’s love letter to the world’s most wanted criminal, inked by the etchings of a dark hand.
If you get one, you had better confirm your name is not Bin Laden. If it is, under the circumstances, your surname is likely to be “is dead” too.
By the by, fallen Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi was the first to ask Interpol to issue a Red Notice for the detention and extradition of Osama bin Laden in April 1998.
Against this background, you’d think a movie like “Red Notice” would be about some bad-ass criminal in a turban, with a floor-length beard and a rucksack filled with enough explosives to raise Mukasa Mbidde’s massive eyebrows into a hairline Dwayne Johnson would kill for.
Well, we can’t blame you for that.
In the movie “Red Notice”, Johnson plays the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s top profiler John Hartley.
At the very beginning, we learn that three golden eggs that were once owned by Queen of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Cleopatra, are the center of this caper.
Thirty minutes into this movie, only two of these eggs have been found. So the search for the last egg will keep you at the edge of your seat with popcorn imitating your negative bank balance by going from hand to mouth.
Adding to this flavor to savor, a criminal with a Red Notice hanging over his head called Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds) wants to possess all three eggs like a boxer unifying championship titles.
Hartley catches Booth trying to steal the second one of these eggs and they start working together after they find themselves both in stir.
How does an FBI profiler wind up behind bars, you ask.
Watch the movie, and find out.
Meantime, I can tell you that Johnson and Reynolds’s antagonistic chemistry turns this movie into a buddy-comedy, their disagreements reminiscent of the conflicts between a bald guy and the guy who keeps offering him a comb.
Reynolds, as usual, is brilliantly funny with his tension-defusing wisecracks and repartee playing off the smoldering sex appeal of the Rock’s unflappable macho man.
When the two antagonists team up, however, they are continuously outsmarted by another criminal mastermind nicknamed “The Bishop” (Gal Gadot), as all three characters start circling the globe to bring together the three eggs.
It’s a thrilling race between three stars whose shared screen presence is the Holy Trinity of heavenly viewing.
As an action movie, this picture is pulsing with the adrenaline-bumper of twists and turns, plots and subplots, crosses and double crosses that will dot the i’s and cross the t’s of what you expect in this genre.
As a buddy-comedy flick, it hews to a predicable formula with the two mismatched protagonists thrown together by circumstances which continually evolve to turn them into bosom buddies.
However the two characters are soon joined by a third, The Bishop, and she’s got great bosoms to go with these buddies.
Indeed, Gadot is appealing without even trying and so personifies the screen power of “Red Notice” as a movie which gets everything right with an effortlessness definitive of its charm.