Guy Ritchie is known for his action-packed comedies, and he is back with his next film, “Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre.” It’s a slick action flick that will surely excite fans of this genre. Ritchie, who has previously directed cult classics like “Snatch,” “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels,” “RocknRolla,” and “Sherlock Holmes,” are back with his unique style of filmmaking. The fast-paced, witty dialogue, the calm and composed spies, the elegant villain, and the espionage plot are so thrilling that it manages to keep the viewer on their toes. Lately, Ritchie’s films have tuned in towards either the British Elite Gangster or Spy Class. This is quite evident in his more recent works “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “Wrath of Man,” and “The Gentlemen.” Written by Ritchie alongside Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies, his newest release is more in line with his revitalized version, and as expected, it is one hell of a ride.
“Operation Fortune: Ruse De Guerre” starts off with a violent robbery, and we are informed that a device known as “The Handle” has been stolen and is going to be sold to the highest bidder by a billionaire arms dealer. A team of top spies is formed by Britain’s Government to retrieve this device before it falls into the hands of the buyer, who wishes for total anarchy in the world. Let’s take a look at the cast and characters they portrayed in this new Guy Ritchie film:
Jason Statham As Orson Fortune
Jason Statham plays Orson Fortune, a super spy who is hired in a crucial hour to save the world. Equipped with his deadly fighting skills, cheeky one-liners, and ability to always have a comeback in banter, he reluctantly teams up with fellow members in an effort to stop the bad guys from causing ultimate damage in the world. Statham has previously starred in four Guy Ritchie films, namely “Snatch,” “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels,” “Revolver,” and “Wrath of Man,” making “Operation Fortune” their fifth collaboration. Jason Statham is known for his macho, kickass, and man-of-a-few-words persona in films such as the “Transporter” franchise, but it is in Guy Ritchie films that his witty, humorous side is also given the proper stage.
Hugh Grant As Greg Simmonds
Hugh Grant plays the billionaire arms dealer Greg Simmonds, who is responsible for making a deal between the buyers and the Ukrainian mobster who stole “The Handle.” A smooth-talking, suave womanizer of a man, Simmonds is the kind of man the collective imagination would conjure up when asked their idea of an evil billionaire who at the same time does philanthropy for a charity and also deals in arms and stolen goods that bring only destruction in the world. Hugh Grant was a 90s heartthrob with movies like “Notting Hill” and “Love Actually” under his belt, and while he might have aged, his charm continues to have the magnetic quality he possessed in his youth. He now seems to be on the lookout for roles that would help expand his acting range, and his recent releases such as “The Gentlemen,” “Paddington 2,” and the T.V. miniseries “The Undoing” point just in that direction.
Aubrey Plaza As Sarah Fidel
Aubrey Plaza plays the replacement for a spy, which makes her the only woman aboard for this espionage mission. She is somewhat of a smartass but proves to be a lifesaver as she comes to the rescue of the mission multiple times at the last minute using her impeccable technical skills. Aubrey Plaza became well known with the comedy T.V. series “Parks and Recreation” and has gone on to do quirky films such as “Life After Beth,” “Safety Not Guaranteed,” and “The End of Love.” Recently, she was seen in the T.V. show “The White Lotus,” a drama movie called “Emily, the Criminal” and the film “Black Bear.”
Josh Hartnett As Danny Francesco
Josh Hartnett plays the movie star Danny Francesco, whose stardom is leveraged to infiltrate Simmonds’s operation. Josh Hartnett is not a novice when it comes to this genre, as he has been in films such as “Black Hawk Down,” “Sin City,” and “Lucky Number Slevin.” He has worked before with Ritchie on “Wrath of Man.” Here he gets to play a character playing himself, which results in moments of comic relief.
Cary Elwes As Nathan Jasmine
Cary Elwes plays Nathan Jasmine, the agent for the British Government responsible for putting together the A-team for this mission. He is a true bureaucrat at heart, with budget and expenditure constantly on his mind, even in the midst of deadly consequences. He is smart and capable and heads the mission with proper care and dedication, but always with the required levity. Cary Elwes, a veteran in the business, has been in some of the most memorable movies, such as “The Princess Bride,” “Robin Hood,” “Liar, Liar,” and the cult horror classic “Saw.” Recently, he was seen as Mayor Larry Kline in Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and as Gavin Hawk in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Supporting cast members include Bugzy Malone as J.J. Davies, Eddie Marson as Knighton, and Lourdes Faberes as Emilia, among many other talents.
“Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre” brings that special Guy Ritchie flavor onto the big screen once again that simply cannot be missed. Released on March 3 in the US, it is expected to be released on Amazon Prime Videos for audiences in the United Kingdom on April 7. A must-see for Guy Ritchie fans.