Dwayne Johnson seems like a nice guy. Johnson is personable in interviews and he has a charismatic screen presence – but unfortunately he makes junk.
Films like Jumanji: The Next Level, Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw, Skyscraper, Rampage, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle and the forthcoming Jungle Cruise have nothing to offer to audiences other than soulless action and loud explosions. They make money – but they’re just made to make money.
Johnson is a marketing man disguised as a movie star – someone who sells movies to gullible audiences around the globe. Therefore news that Johnson and his and Seven Bucks Productions are gearing-up to make a Christmas movie for Amazon called Red One seems to fit-in with this. Johnson isn’t even shy about the fact that this new movie is basically a business venture, not a film.
This is what Johnson had to say about Red One:
“Hold my Mana, because this is exciting. Our Seven Bucks is very bullish on our partnership with Amazon Studios; underpinned with some innovation, some pioneering and a lot of positive energy and passion. I’ve been very impressed with Jen Salke and her team’s vision and ambition to create an enormous, fun and unique ‘Red One’ holiday universe for families around the world to enjoy.”
The above is business talk – about a product. It’s not about film and it’s not about art. Dwayne Johnson is in the movie business to make money. He doesn’t care about the quality, he just cares about the amount of zeroes he can score on his next payday.
Written by Fast and Furious screenwriter Chris Morgan, Red One is scheduled to shoot in 2022 for a 2023 holiday release.