Spoiler-Free Review of “Red Notice” on Netflix: Indiana Jones Rip-Off is Actually a lot of Fun

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“What are we stealing?”

Red Notice premiered on November 12th 2021 on Netflix. The action-comedy film stars Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot. It runs for just under two hours.

An Interpol agent attempts to catch the world’s most notorious art thief, but quickly realizes this task is far from easy…

Here is the trailer:

Red Notice is basically Indiana Jones meets National Treasure in a lot of ways, but it does have a great cast and a lot of flashy effects to hold your attention. Is it worthy of YOUR next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Fun banter between the cast.

I really liked the dynamic between all three characters in this film. I don’t think that any of the actors really strayed from their comfort zone, but that’s okay. The film was a lot of fun because of this dynamic and I can’t say enough good things about Gal Gadot’s wardrobe.

I’d love to raid her closet!

I was worried that this film would miss the mark in the humor department, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I was actually laughing. The humor worked for me, which was something I struggled with when I tried to connect with Netflix’s Army of Thieves.

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An entertaining heist.

Even though this film seemed like a rip-off of Indiana Jones, National Treasure and even Jungle Cruise in a lot of ways, it still had an interesting and fun heist at its core, which kept me invested in the movie.

The Cons:

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I didn’t need all of the flashy effects…

It’s obvious that a lot of money went into these effects, but I honestly didn’t need them. The best part of the movie was the banter between the characters and the mystery behind the heist. Sure, there were some fun action sequences that kept up the pace, but the effects just felt cheesy and overdone.

Predictable.

I’ve seen this type of movie before and while I enjoyed it, it didn’t really do anything that original. It does throw a few curve balls our way (which I appreciated), but don’t expect to watch anything truly extraordinary here.

It was still entertaining though…

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

Even though I knew what to expect with this movie, I had a blast watching it. It was entertaining and actually really funny. I loved the dynamic between the characters and thoroughly enjoyed my watch.

If you’re looking for a quick comedy-action film to enjoy, you’re in the right place!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Red Notice in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

PLAY BY THE RULES…STAY ALIVE…

A harmless night of fun turns deadly for six college friends but the game has only just begun. Take a mystery thrill ride right from your own living room. Dash and Seek is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Army of Thieves” on Netflix: Downsized “Ocean’s Eleven.”

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“I want to recruit you…”

Army of Thieves premiered on October 29th 2021 on Netflix. The prequel film to Army of the Dead stars Matthias Schweighöfer, Nathalie Emmanuel, Ruby O. Fee, Stuart Martin and Guz Khan. The film runs for approximately two hours and five minutes.

A mysterious woman recruits a bank teller to crack a legendary safe, offering him the opportunity of a lifetime.

Here is the trailer:

Army of Thieves allows us to learn more about the character, Dieter, prior to him encountering the undead, but does this prequel film do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A fun heist.

If you enjoy films like Ocean’s Eleven or Baby Driver, you will be familiar with this type of premise. A band of misfits come together for a dangerous heist, but we also get some humor sprinkled in to make this somewhat of an entertaining ride with Dieter as our main character.

I don’t know that I necessarily needed a Dieter prequel, but I thought the actor/director put forth a valiant effort here.

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The girls steal the show…

Even though our primary focus was supposed to be on Dieter, I was more impressed by the characters of Korina and Gwendoline. These two made a fantastic tag team and saved this film in a lot of ways for me. They were dynamic on screen and the banter was more believable between them. Sure, Dieter thrown into the mix was a lot of fun, but I think I’d watch these two in another film if given the chance.

The Cons:

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Way too long…

My biggest con with Army of the Dead was that it was too long and this film also ran past its welcomed runtime in my opinion. The film was generally fast-paced but it dragged for me at times because of this.

Didn’t really stick the landing.

This movie wasn’t bad, but there wasn’t anything really spectacular about it either. The characters were fun, but we needed some more layers to truly care about them and even though I enjoyed the heist, it lacked the charm and finesse of Ocean’s Eleven, making it pale in comparison. There were some funny moments, but a lot of the humor didn’t land for me either.

The ending was decent and we came full circle, but I would have liked to have seen more of a connection to the first film. Part of what made the safe-cracking so exciting in the first film was that there were a bunch of undead trying to rip their throats out. This film just didn’t have that edge even though it had some flickers here and there.

So am I in or out?

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I’m 50/50 on this one…

This movie had its moments and I liked the cast, but it just needed more charm and humor to make it stand out against some of its predecessors. I’m not sure that the prequel really added anything to the franchise, but if you enjoy heist films, there is enough happening to keep you entertained.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Army of Thieves in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

A Halloween they’ll never forget…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller is out now! I hope you enjoy!

Scream Hunt is available here!

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