Red Notice

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Year Released: 2021
Rating: 1.0

Criminal profiler John Hartley (Dwayne Johnson) - an (unlikely) expert in art forgeries (which he didn't learn about at Freedom High School, I can tell you that much) - goes to Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome to apprehend notorious art thief Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds) - who made a replica of one of Cleopatra's "bedazzled" eggs - but it turns out they're both being conned by a third party, a mysterious woman known as The Bishop (Gal Gadot).  As a "comedy/action" hybrid it follows the same formula as others in the genre - The Rock is the straight man, Reynolds supplies the sass, Gadot is the eye-candy, the MacGuffins are abundant, the sets are elaborate, etc. - and despite the "likeability" of the cast, the "story" is aggressively inane, down to the final "reveal" which makes the whole thing even more implausible (if that's even possible).  I'm glad they got a plug in there for Aviation American Gin (which Reynolds is still involved with) ... you know what they say about being "lost in the sauce."  Ahem.