Red Notice (2021) Movie Review ‘Absolute Blast’

Red Notice – Blast of a Heist Film

 

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Writer: Rawson Marshall Thurber (Screenplay)

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Ritu Arya, Chris Diamantopoulos, Ivan Mbakop, Vincenzo Amato, Rafael Petardi

Plot: An Interpol agent tracks the world’s most wanted art thief.


Tagline – Pro and Cons

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Red Notice starts when slick art thief Nolan Booth (Reynolds) meets his match when FBI agent John Hartley (Johnson) tracks him down after his latest robbery, the arrest doesn’t go to plan, as another art thief The Bishop (Gadot) gets away with the goods, framing Hartley along the way.

Nolan and John must put aside their differences to finish the collection of eggs that Nolan is trying to collect, clear John’s name and stop The Bishop from getting away with the crime.

Thoughts on Red Notice

Characters & Performances – Nolan Booth is the slick art thief that has been committing robberies over the globe for his whole life, with his latest one getting one of the three eggs of Cleopatra. He finds himself caught, once again needing to escape from prison to steal the next two eggs for a big score. He is full of charisma always looking to talk his way out of trouble, constantly thinking of the plan going through his head. This is a proper Ryan Reynolds character, we know everything part of his strength as a comedic actor, is in this role. Agent John Hartley is the man trying to track down Nolan, he believes he has caught him, until he gets framed for the same robbery, leading to him ending up in prison, with Nolan, needing to work with him to clear his name. he is more of the muscles of the pair, seemingly looking clumsy in certain scenes, but never afraid to fight back. Dwayne Johnson does give us something slightly different to the typical performance, with him not always being the strongest in a fight, but bringing the big guy comedy to the table. The Bishop is the rival to Nolan, she has been working on the same job as him, wanting to use her own skills to stay ahead of him, while always having a plan up her sleeve. The best in combat, she isn’t just the most beautiful woman in the room. Gal Gadot brings what made her strong in Wonder Woman, her action star power, not being given the chance to do as much of the serious side of things, letting the guys roll with the punchlines, negative, her singing of Downtown. Inspector Das is leading the Interpol investigation into both Nolan and Bishop, she will be on the scene of most of the incidents, but seemingly always one step behind them, almost being a pawn in their game.

StoryThe story here follows a famed art thief that must team up with an FBI agent to clear the agent’s name and get revenge on his own rival, who stole his latest score right from under his nose. This is a heist movie that will look to understand the world it is in, mixing the ideas of how a plan comes together with the idea of needing to work together with someone you don’t like, slowly starting to get respect for them. This will dive into an ancient treasure long thought to be lost, which will add an Indiana Jones sense to what is going on with the great plans coming together. This might not give us too much we wouldn’t have expected, leaning more towards the comedy than the action, but for a story, it has everything that is needed to a light fun entertaining one that can be enjoyed.

ThemesRed Notice is an action crime comedy that will put a firm focus on the comedy, with Reynolds constantly going for the one-liners to react to the situation, with his character’s defence mechanism. When it comes to the action, the chase sequences are fun, but none of the scenes feel like we are watching anything with any threat in, which can leave them feeling flatter than they should. The film will stake us around the world to create each action sequence, leaving us to get the typical beauty of each city, or see the darkest emptiness of them, depending on the situation.

Final Thoughts Red Notice is a thoroughly enjoyable action comedy that is packed with laughs and stellar chemistry between the lead three stars.

The Awakening of Lilith (2021) Movie Review ‘Emotionally Driven Thriller’

The Awakening of Lilith – Emotionally Driven Thriller

 

Director: Steven Adam Renkovish

Writer: Steven Adam Renkovish (Screenplay)

Starring: Brittany Renee, Justin Livingston, Tiffany Majors Doby, Rachel Sims Jackson, Christiana Wilson, Jessie Roberts

Plot: A woman finds herself in the midst of a dark mystery after the unexplained loss of a loved one. Her mind begins to unravel as her sense of reality begins to slip away.

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Awakening of Lilith starts as we meet Lilith (Renee) who has been through her own traumatic experience, finding herself wanting to stay isolated from everyone else in the world, finding herself getting caught up in the blend for reality.

As Lilith starts trying to piece together get life, she gets help from a study group and her partner Noah (Livingston), but in the end, she is the one that needs to break out to make it through the struggles herself, away from the darkness.

Thoughts on The Awakening of Lilith

ThoughtsThe Awakening of Lilith is a horror thriller that will follow a woman that will need to look into her own reality to find the answers to the darkness in her life. The story does come down in a slow manner with how each part of the film is revelled to Lilith as she learns more about herself. This is a film that turns towards planning with what is going on in her mind, rather than having any truly scary moments in the film. This does feel like we could have had more, but for a micro budget movie, it does get the message in the film through strongly. The performances in the film are strong with Brittnay Renee in the leading one, giving the biggest emotional impact involved in the story.

Final Thoughts The Awakening of Lilith is an emotional drive horror, challenging the mind through trauma.

ABC Film Challenge – Adventure – L – Lake Placid: Legacy (2018) Movie Review

Director: Darrell Roodt

Writer: Jonathan Walker (Screenplay) Matt Venables, Jeremy Smtih (Story)

Starring: Katherine Barrell, Tim Rozon, Sai Bennett, Luke Newton, Craig Stein, Joe Pantoliano, Alisha Bailey

Plot: A group of urban explorers venture to a quiet lake in upstate Maine that is home to a deadly and forgotten secret. Unfortunately for them, they quickly discover they’re not alone and encounter a deadly threat that can kill them all.


Tagline – Terror Returns

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Lake Placid: Legacy starts when a group of urban explores Jade (Barrell), Sam (Rozon), Alice (Bennett), Billy (Newton) and Spencer (Stein) get challenged to explorer a forgotten secret that isn’t marked on any maps, they see it as a chance to make big money, joined by guides Pennie (Bailey) and Travis (Kriek) they enter the closed off part of the wilderness.

When the explorers learn the area is crawling with a giant crocodile they become the latest targets, needing to figure out how to survive the deadly killing machines.

Thoughts on Lake Placid: Legacy

ThoughtsLake Placid: Legacy is the latest Lake Placid film, this time we do finally get something original with the idea behind it all, having urban explorers searching a remote area that has a connection to why the crocodiles are so big, this does help dive into the mythology of the crocodiles, which has been missing for a long time. While the crocodile side of things are more CGI that looks out of place, the searching for answers does feel more grounded this time around. Even with a star of Joe Pantoliano’s level, the acting isn’t the strongest, leaving us waiting for the crocodile attacks, as they will become the most entertaining factor in the film. This is trying to rebuild the franchise, in a new direction, being an improvement on some of the more recent one for concept, but lacks the characters to make it as interesting for wackiness involved.

Final Thoughts Lake Placid: Legacy is a fresh idea with the same flaws as the rest of the later franchise.