Operation Fortune: Ruse De Guerre is a spy action comedy directed by Guy Ritchie, and written by Ritchie, Ivan Atkinson, and Marn Davies. The film is about a spy, who must retrieve a stolen high-tech device before an arms dealer can sell it to the highest bidder.
I was intrigued by the trailers for this film, so I watched it with half-hearted expectations of greatness. As it turns out, I actually liked Operation Fortune: Ruse De Guerre.
A gang of Ukrainian mobsters manages to steal a device known as “The Handle” with an estimated worth of billions of dollars. The British government hires Nathan Jasmine (Cary Elwes) to retrieve the Handle before billionaire arms dealer Greg Simmonds (Hugh Grant) can sell it to the highest bidder. Nathan hires super-spy Orson Fortune (Jason Statham) to lead a team made up of Sarah Fidel (Aubrey Plaza), JJ Davies (Bugzy Malone), and others. The team travels to Madrid, seeking the courier intended to transport the hard drive containing the data from the Handle.
Operation Fortune is your run-of-the-mill Statham film with lots of violence, spies, double-crossing, car chases, computer hacking, and special effects. The good news is it’s all very entertaining, action-packed, and exciting. The film is nothing we haven’t seen before but with mostly different characters playing the parts. I enjoyed Operation Fortune enough to give it a seven-point five out of ten rating but I didn’t think this film should be defined as a comedy, there was nothing funny about this story. Also, I like Jason Statham movies. The plot is decent and the acting is always good in these types of films. When more than one government hires a team to go after the bad guy, there’s going to be fierce competition. I thought Hugh Grant appeared quite distinguished as a rich businessman. As of March 15, 2023, Operation Fortune: Ruse De Guerre has grossed $6.1 million in the United States and Canada, and $31.2 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $37.2 million. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 51% based on 125 reviews, with an average rating of 5.6/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Operation Fortune can’t keep up with the best modern action movies, but it’s got just enough firepower for viewers seeking a few undemanding thrills.” I agree with Rotten Tomatoes, Operation Fortune: Ruse De Guerre is currently in theaters — Check It Out!