Red Notice Already Feels Like True Lies (And That’s Perfect)

The upcoming Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson film Red Notice is exceptionally evocative traditional 90s activity funny True Lies. Early indicators recommend that the brand-new Netflix movie will certainly include a comparable tone and also mix of different genres. Given both the contemporary success and subsequent legacy of James Cameron's earlier movie, this can only be a good thing for audiences.

Although Red Notice is not coming out until November, it's already clear that the movie will be a light-hearted blockbuster. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, the movie represents the third collaboration between Johnson and writer/director Rawson Marshall Thurber. The pair have previously come together for the 2016 and 2018 hits Central Intelligence and Skyscraper, providing a clear indication about the tone of this new project. The film has an estimated budget of between $160 and $200 million, with star Gadot allegedly making $20 million for her role.

On the one hand, an original movie featuring the talents of three celebrated stars is certainly something to look forward to. However, perhaps what makes Red Notice an even more compelling prospect is that it seems to bear uncanny similarities with classic genre flicks – including the much-loved Arnold Schwarzenegger smash hit True Lies. In fact, despite the distinct differences between the two films, the influence of True Lies is immediately apparent from only a cursory glance at the Red Notice trailer.

An obvious similarity is the stature of the two films' leading men. Where True Lies had the unmistakable muscular presence of Schwarzenegger, Red Notice is clearly going down a similar route with the casting of the equally brawny Johnson. In fact, given his performances in successful action flicks such as Rampage and several Fast and Furious films, there is a strong case to be made that The Rock is the next action franchise king, following larger-than-life 80s stars such as Sylvester Stallone and Schwarzenegger himself.

Not only are Schwarzenegger and Johnson physically similar, but there is a clear correlation between their roles in the two movies. Both Red Notice and True Lies center around a central spy narrative – although, admittedly, True Lies also incorporates a secret identity sub-plot. However, casting two of the most physically unique actors in roles where they are, on paper at least, supposed to mix in gives both movies a similar tongue-in-cheek feel. Asking any audience to believe that Schwarzenegger and also Johnson would ever be able to melt effortlessly into the background, for instance, is really stretching the realms of credulity.

These obvious similarities to True Lies suggest that the filmmakers behind Red Notice are at the very least aware of the earlier film's lasting legacy. Whether there are any additional parallels remains to be seen. However, even a cursory nod to a classic, coupled with an all-star cast and also seasoned director, means that Red Notice has all the ingredients to become a success in its own right.

The trailer for Red Notice is here, and assembles Hollywood heavy-hitters Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds and Chris Diamantopoulos for a big budget action extravaganza courtesy of Netflix. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, the project is one of the streaming giant's biggest investments to date, with fans excited to see the A-list trio unite for what's sure to be an exciting, globe-trotting heist.

As expected, the tailer focusses on our central trio, with each actor doing what they do best. Dwayne Johnson is once again a walking bicep, stretching out his wardrobe and looking rather self-serious. Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot continues to charm her way through every scenario whilst demonstrating her action chops. And Deadpool's Ryan Reynolds is quick to reach for a quip and a joke at every opportunity.

Coming courtesy of Central Intelligence and Skyscraper director Rawson Marshall Thurber, Red Notice will drop target markets into the world of international crime. The title refers to when INTERPOL issues a Red Notice, a global alert to hunt down and capture the world's most wanted art thief. Gal Gadot will certainly be taking on the role of the art thief, while Johnson is the INTERPOL agent, and also world's greatest tracker, sent to bring her in.

“I've been tracking your scores for a while now,” Johnson's character, FBI profiler Agent John Hartley says in the trailer, in a line of dialogue that should tell you everything you need to know about this particular Netflix outing. “Every city, every heist. Now that you've been tagged with red notices, you've become the world's most wanted criminals. And I'm the only one who can bring you in.”

Gadot enters proceedings as the world's greatest art thief, with Ryan Reynolds joining as the world's greatest con-artist (because they all have to be the world's greatest, of course), with the trailer teasing all manner of fights, chases, and also dramatic prison breaks and various other high-stakes high-jinks.

The assembling of such big-name stars is sure to be a major draw for audiences eager to watch Red Notice, with director Rawson Marshall Thurber well aware of the talents at his disposal. “I mean, talk about charisma,” the filmmaker said recently of the Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds team. “So what does happen when you get Deadpool, Wonder Woman, and Black Adam in the immediate vicinity of one another? “I feel very, very fortunate. It's a little bit like directorial cheating, having all three of them together in the same frame. Chemistry is just not a function of writing or even directing – it's a function of casting. You either have actually it or you do not. And those men have something unique.”

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