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‘Operation Fortune: Ruse de Gurre’ review: Globe trotting spy flick from Ritchie & Statham is predictable fun

“And that’s before I start dropping names.”

Operation Fortune: Ruse de Gurre sees director Guy Ritchie team up with Jason Statham along with a star studded cast in an action comedy that is filled with espionage, intrigue, and laughs. The awesomely named Orson Fortune (Statham) is a skilled super spy who is recruited to stop the sale of a mysterious new technology. With his small team, Fortune tries to stay a step ahead of a billionaire arms broker, a rival group, and international mobsters.

It is a familiar recipe that has all the ingredients for an exciting movie. Ritchie and Statham have a great track record together and adding names such as Aubrey Plaza and Hugh Grant guarantees it will be funny. Operation Fortune is able to live up to these expectations. Things move at a quick clip and when the action slows down there are some great interactions between the talented cast.

Operation Fortune is a thrilling watch for its entire runtime, but it often feels like it is going through the motions. Nothing ever feels lazy and the actors give it their all, but it is like the film is checking off boxes from a list. Exotic locations, daring break ins, and hacking into security systems are all here in ways audiences have seen before.

As Sarah Fidel, Plaza plays the comedic foil to Fortune, but it is Grant who steals the comedy spotlight. The obscenely rich Greg Simmonds is a mix of Austin Powers and David Brent. He has a number of great one liners and a monologue towards the end that is one of the highlights of Operation Fortune. Simmonds is over the top and silly, with a hint of danger. He is an essential addition to a film that is enjoyable, but unmemorable without him.

With its top flight cast and accomplished director, Operation Fortune: Ruse de Gurre sets the bar high and does a great job of giving audiences what they want. The film is content to leave it at that, however. It does not try to reinvent the wheel or do anything that is noteworthy. But sometimes plenty of action and Hugh Grant lighting up the screen is all you need.

Operation Fortune: Ruse de Gurre opens March 3

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