By Jamie Miller
Hello again, dear Nightlighters, it is I, “the curiously candid Caledonian cinephile” Jamie Miller here with yet another issue of Nightlight.
Now friends, I love a large range of movies as you have likely figured out by now, from horror to Sci-fi to fantasy my tastes are rather… varied. I also have a list of “phenomenal faces,” which is just a fancy way to say I have a list of favorite actors who, if I see are in a movie, let’s me know it’s probably gonna be good. On this list are Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds and Dwayne Johnson. So when I learned that all three were in a movie, my interest was more than peaked. And this movie, “Red Notice,” oh, what a movie it is.
“Red Notice,” which stars the aforementioned three Hollywood stars, tells the tale of John Hartley, played by Johnson, who is a brilliant FBI profiler tracking a notorious and brilliant art thief Nolan Booth, played by Reynolds. Though Hartley is able to arrest Booth, another art thief, known as “The Bishop,” played by Gadot, is able to swipe the piece that Booth had been trying to steal, setting up Hartley as having stolen it. Now in the same Russian prison as Booth, the con and cop must work together to escape and bring in the woman who burned them both. But this will be no simple task, and both will discover hidden secrets about one another while encountering enough twists to make M. Night Shyamalan blush.
Johnson is known as former pro wrestler “The Rock” and for playing the part of Luke Hobbs in the “Fast and the Furious” film series. Reynolds is known for many films, but most notoriously for his portrayal of the wise cracking anti-hero Deadpool. Gadot is more recently known for playing the hero Wonder Woman in both the “Wonder Woman” and “Wonder Woman 1984” films. Also along for this wild ride are Ritu Arya of “Umbrella Academy” fame as Urvashi Das, an Interpol agent dedicated to recapturing Booth and Hartley. Chris Diamantopoulos of “Silicon Valley” also plays the part of Sotto Voce, a brutal “but short” arms dealer.
I actually liked this movie. Gal Gadot played a good villain which she rarely does and all the actors were on their A-game. The twists are phenomenal as well. Though I won’t give it away, there is one twist they set up pretty much from the start, you just have to really pay attention to get it. It was kinda like the twists in the “Saw” series where it is right in front of you. The effects are also really well done, and per usual, Reynolds is a delight to watch. I give it a solid seven torches out of 10. I highly recommend this movie.