Thursday, March 2, 2023

Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre Movie Review

Jason Statham, Josh Harnett & Aubrey Plaza (r) star in Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre

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Rotten Tomatoes Plot: In the film, super spy Orson Fortune (Jason Statham) must track down and stop the sale of a deadly new weapons technology wielded by billionaire arms broker Greg Simmonds (Hugh Grant). Reluctantly teamed with some of the world’s best operatives (Aubrey Plaza, Cary Elwes, Bugzy Malone), Fortune and his crew recruit Hollywood's biggest movie star Danny Francesco (Josh Hartnett) to help them on their globe-trotting undercover mission to save the world. Directed by Guy Ritchie.

Starring: Jason Statham, Aubrey Plaza, Josh Hartnett, Cary Elwes, Bugzy Malone and Hugh Grant.

What's Good: Is it just me, or has Statham not aged a day, yet alone a year? He delivers the exact same performance he does in every movie, but what's wrong with that? It's usually spot-on, and his turn as an "administrative nightmare" is no exception. What makes Operation Fortune really shine are his perfectly cast co-stars, especially Plaza, who steals the show on numerous occasions, alongside Grant/Hartnett and their equally hilarious "billionaire love affair."

What's Not: There's not a dull moment to be found, but the last 20-30 minutes are (unnecessarily) loud & messy.

Budget: $50 million

Runtime: 114 minutes (Super quick pace. No naps, even for yours truly.)

Target Audience: Action. Ritchie. Statham.

Bottom Line: Ritchie knows how to entertain, but he finds all green lights in this one, thanks to some funny/terrific performances from a familiar cast of bonafide high rollers. In fact, it might be Ritchie's best film to date (including 2009's Sherlock Holmes.)

Grade: B+