Movie theatres are finally opening back up amidst lockdowns ending, and that means it’s time to navigate what’s coming out in theatres this week, and one answer to that query is action packed, comedy-thriller Red Notice which hits cinemas on Thursday, November 4th.
Dubbed Red Notice, named for “the highest level of arrest warrant issued by the international criminal police organisation (Interpol)”, theatregoers will undeniably be enthralled with the police pursuits of top-tier criminals.
Diving into the world of international crime, Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot star in a world where an Interpol agent painstakingly attempts to capture the most wanted art thief in the world. As the audacious crime goes down, the FBI’s top criminological profiler (Johnson) is brought together with two contending criminals (Reynolds and Gadot). What unfolds is the sort of thing that had made Red Notice so highly anticipated since word of its existence first came forth a few years ago.
First announced back in early 2018, Red Notice marks the third collaboration between Johnson and director Rawson Marshall Thurber, and was one that had to fight against the odds for completion amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the obstacles thrown at them have been more than overcome, as Johnson explains of the audience reaction to the film.
“As we’ve shown this movie, audiences are belly laughing and that says something about a movie that was shot during Covid,” Johnson explains of the response.
“We want it to be entertaining and intriguing and thrilling,” continues Gadot. “And I think that Rawson really hit the nail on the head on all of those. It’s a bubbly type of champagne movie to watch. I hope they enjoy the ride, enjoy the twists and turns and I hope once it’s done that they want to watch it again.”
“It’s really meant to be good, old-fashioned spectacle-driven fun,” adds Reynolds. “It’s a movie that is built around these three different, but hopefully enjoyable, personalities and watching them mix together, and I think the audience is just going to have a riot. It’s hard enough out there. Let’s have some fun.”
Indeed, part of the film’s appeal is not just the inclusion of three enjoyable leads, but it was something that Thurber had in mind from the very beginning: to make a film that made itself appealing on a global scale, regardless of age, gender, or location.
“That’s a lofty goal,” he explains. “I think it’s a good goal. When you talk about blending genres, blending comedy and action and story, it’s not the easiest thing to do. But when you do it well and you do it right, it can be the most satisfying story imaginable.
“We set out to entertain the world with this film, and I think we did it.”
While Red Notice has been a long time coming, early responses have indicated that the wait has been more than worth it. Effortlessly blending action, comedy, and intricate character studies into one effective package, the film has the potential to be considered a classic of the the genre. Add in some of the world’s most beloved and respected actors, pair it with a world class script, and the result is arguably one of the greatest cinematic experiences you’ll have this year.
With theatres finally opening up again the wake of mass lockdowns across the country, now is the time to embark upon a bit of well-earned escapism by catching Red Notice on the big screen, with tickets to all sessions available now.