Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Ritu Arya, Chris Diamantopoulos, Ivan Mbakop, Vincenzo Amato, Rafael Petardi
FBI profiler John Hartley assists Interpol to catch Nolan Booth, the world’s second best art thief, but they end up working together to reunite the mythical three eggs of Cleopatra before they get snatched by the world’s best art thief, the Bishop. This thoroughly forgettable heist/con movie cost 200 million dollars, which buys you a terrible script, second rate CGI and performances which look like they were phoned in. Thurber’s formulaic script introduces a new twist or double-cross every few minutes to keep the narrative in motion. This has a dual effect: every new twist reduces the element of surprise for the next one and every new double-cross reduces my sympathy for the two-faced characters. When it’s time for the final big reveal, the preceding 110 minutes stop making any sense. Ryan Reynolds appears as the same wisecracking character he played in Deadpool and Free Guy, Dwayne Johnson plays the same likeable hulk he always does, and the wooden Gal Gadot brings back the Themysciran accent she perfected in Wonder Woman.