“Red Notice”: The Biggest Netflix Opening Of All Time


Red Notice: Red Notice promotional image. Photo Courtesy Netflix, December 21, 2021.

Sam Cogan, Staff Writer

     Netflix’s newest blockbuster original movie “Red Notice” released on November 5 and broke the record for Netflix’s biggest opening weekend of all time. With a star studded cast of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot, this movie had a lot of anticipation and excitement, but did it live up to it?

     Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, “Red Notice” got a limited theatrical release on November 5, 2021 and came out on Netflix on November 12, 2021. The movie received unfavorable reviews from critics upon release, with a Rotten Tomatoes average rating of 4.7/10. Despite these reviews, “Red Notice” still smashed Netflix records, having the biggest opening weekend of all time and now recently becoming Netflix’s biggest movie on par with Avengers: Endgame, according to an Instagram post by Dwayne Johnson.

     “Red Notice” follows the story of an FBI profiler (Dwayne Johnson) pursuing the world’s most wanted art thief (Ryan Reynolds). The pair reluctantly become partners in order to take out another elusive thief (Gal Gadot), who is always a few steps ahead.

     To say it is a shut your brain off and enjoy it type movie is almost an understatement, it’s an action comedy designed to drag in money and viewers by casting huge names and it did exactly that.

     It tries to be shocking with unexpected twists and betrayals but instead of blowing your mind they just leave you scratching your head, some of the twists make absolutely no logical sense and are clearly just thrown in to fill up time and drag on the already bland plot.

     Avid movie watcher Delia Dimaio says, “Red Notice was fun, it wasn’t great, it wasn’t bad, it was just ok. If you have the time you should watch it but if not you’re not missing out on much.”

     With that being said, the movie is still fun and silly and is a good watch if you just need to laugh and relax for a couple hours. The three main stars are enjoyable to watch and Johnson and Reynolds work well together which saves the movie. 

     Senior Brian Nichols says, “I love Ryan Reynolds, he’s one of my favorite actors and i really enjoyed watching him in Red Notice”

     Reynolds’ hilarity combined with Johnson’s unintentional comedy is always a joy to watch and if you’re a fan of either of them you’ll probably really enjoy it.

     Nichols says “it was a really funny movie and i found myself laughing a lot”

     Despite its flaws “Red Notice” is still a decent movie and is worth the watch even if you just throw it on in the background while you’re busy. 

     Though the final scene hints towards a seoul there are no confirmed plans yet, however when asked in an interview for insider Thurber says “I just really love the world and the tone and characters so much that I can’t help myself but think about what the next heist would be. It’s certainly something that could happen.”