Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre Official Trailer!
The fact that there is only one well-known, dapper British super spy hasn’t stopped many others from attempting to join the pack, and believe it or not, just because a spy has the legal right to kill doesn’t mean that audiences can always trust them. Although the secret agent, who likes his vodka martini shaken rather than stirred, may have become one of the most recognizable spy characters in the film, be ready to be awed by the newest participant in the game, Orson Fortune.
Jason Statham, who is hired by defense official Nathan Jasmine (Cary Elwes) to recapture an illusive stolen artifact, is the perfect choice to play the hardened soldier in Fortune, a tough super spy. Only that shady arms dealer Greg Simmonds (Hugh Grant) is in close contact with a violent Ukrainian gang for the transaction of the item is all that is known about it.
Fortune is not a lone agent. He enlists the aid of his prior associates, two more elite assassins played by Aubrey Plaza and Bugzy Malone (without Statham’s sass). The trio will enter some really dangerous circumstances, and in order to do so, they successfully blackmail Danny Francesco (Josh Hartnett), a movie star that Simmonds is obviously a fan of.
We learn that the stakes have increased absurdly as the film goes on. Yes, this is not some high-stakes spy escapade where death lurks around every corner, but the mission does entail weapons of mass devastation that have the potential to completely alter modern warfare. What? Grant’s physical attributes weren’t revealing enough? You would know that English director Guy Ritchie is most known for his British gangster movies if you had seen any of his prior productions.
His most recent ensemble piece is a 117-minute thrill ride with fast and furious action, adrenaline-filled chase sequences, and exotic locations like Spain’s Madrid and Turkey’s Antalya. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Snatch (2000), and The Gentlemen (2019) have made their marks in terms of popularity and style.
The main attraction of this film isn’t the plot. You have the uneasy impression that the screenwriters are straining too hard to inject surprises into the plot, which generally revolves around government intrigues and arms traffickers. This is undoubtedly one of the more enjoyable recent movie adventures if you can look past it and enjoy the performances by the cast.
Grant is hilarious as Simmonds, a bad-boy millionaire who we don’t know how much to believe. He reminds us of how charming he was in Notting Hill (1999) and Love Actually as we watch him deliver his snarky one-liners (2003). Then there is Hartnett, a former teen star in Hollywood who appears to be enjoying himself immensely as a poster boy.
But Statham, who effortlessly assumes the role of a bold but competent super spy who can fix all your problems, is who really makes an impression on us. We don’t watch spy movies to believe characters have superhuman talents in real life, so Fortune is definitely not the most realistic character we’ve seen on the big screen, but you can bet he has charisma.
Fortune pulls tough punches to teach the bad guys a lesson when he isn’t insisting on traveling in private aircraft because he suffers from claustrophobia or requesting pricey booze to help him overcome his fear of flying. He exudes coolness and is not lacking in sharp one-liners (delivered in Statham s English accent, of course). Above all, he is a guy you can depend on, and we certainly want to see more of Orson Fortune in a series of movies.