Streaming Spotlight by Cindy Summers
Red Notice – Netflix Originals
On their wedding day as a symbol of his undying devotion, Marc Antony presented Cleopatra with 3 bejeweled eggs each one more eqisite than the last. For centuries they were thought to be of myth and rumors, until in 1907 just outside of Cairo a farmer unearthed two of them. Some say the third was never found, others claim it was discovered, but just as quickly lost never to be seen again. Cleopatra’s first egg was put on display in a museum in Rome for all to see. The second egg was sold at auction numerous times and currently was in a private collection.
A very wealthy father in Egypt wanted to give his daughter Cleopatra an unrivaled wedding present and offered $300 million dollars to anyone who could bring him all three eggs. This bounty caught the eye of criminals around the world, among them was world renowned art thief Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds). On a tip that Cleopatra’s egg in Rome was going to be stolen by Booth, Inspector Das (Ritu Arya) teamed up with FBI profiler John Hartley (Duane Johnson) to stop him.
Das and Hartley went to the Rome museum and found that they were too late, as the egg on display had already been switched out with a fake but had the luck of spotting Booth in the crowd and gave chase. Booth escaped out a window, down a construction chute, stole a scooter making a clean getaway, almost. When Booth returned to his home in Bali three days later, he found Hartley sitting in his living room.
Das and her team took Booth into custody, but as Hartley got in the truck someone disguised as a swat team member switched the eggs. When Das discovered the egg was a fake, she went and found Hartley, who was on his way to to the airport, and confronted him about the counterfeit egg, an $8 million encrypted wire transfer in a Swiss bank account in his name, and also that she had contacted FBI headquarters who said they had never heard of him.
Das sent Hartley to a black site/prison in Russia, and found Booth was already there.Thinking that The Bishop had to be behind them being caught, Booth explained the $300 million bounty for the 3 eggs, and that another well known art thief known as “The Bishop” must have been aiding Das and behind their capture. They were taken from their cell to the warden’s office where they found The Bishop (Gal Gadot), who explained that she was the one that framed Hartley.
The second egg was owned by an International arms dealer named Sotto Voce, so Booth and Hartley decided to team up with a plan to steal the egg when Voce had his masquerade party at his home in Valencia. Booth created a diversion by causing a small riot and together they escaped, stole a helicopter, then one of Booth’s friends picked them up in a jet and flew them to Valencia to get the second egg.
Hartley saw The Bishop at the party and went after her while Booth went after the egg. Little did they know that The Bishop and Voce had teamed up, but she drugged Voce and took the egg while Booth and Hartley were tied up. After escaping, they headed to Argentina to look for the third egg which was supposedly among the loot in Hitler’s lost bunker, which had yet to be found.
Surprisingly, Red Notice has even more unexpected twists to discover as they all go after the third egg, with plenty of the usual clever, comedic one liners from Ryan Reynolds all along the way.
Rated: PG-13 (Violence and Action|Strong Language|Some Sexual References)
Runtime: 1h 57m