The “spy action comedy” genre has evolved a lot in recent years. It’s always been the go-to genre for audiences to have a fun time at the movies. The newly released Guy Ritchie flick “Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre” promises a globe-trotting spy adventure that will tickle the audience’s nerves, all the while never missing out on the thrills. If you like this new Guy Ritchie film, here are seven others to enjoy your weekend:
Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)
When spy movies are discussed, it’s impossible not to mention the Mission Impossible franchise. Spearheaded by none other than Tom Cruise himself, the fourth installment in the franchise “Ghost Protocol,” directed by “The Incredibles” fame director Brad Bird, adds never-seen-before action sequences mixed with high-quality humor and suspense, setting the bar very high for spy action-comedy films to follow. The famous Burj Khalifa set piece still sits fresh in fans’ memories and elicits the same awe. The film definitely warrants a re-watch, and if you want to watch it for the first time, you’re in luck because it is available on Netflix.
Red Notice (2021)
Gorgeous women alongside handsome hunks make up for an especially deadly combination in the spy action-adventure genre. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber, “Red Notice” stars Gal Gadot, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and Ryan Reynolds and features an insane plot involving Interpol and an art thief who is known to be the best in the business. The movie is filled with hilarious fight sequences, and if you’re in the mood for a glamorous, stylish, and fun flick, this will surely do the trick. It’s streaming on Netflix.
The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent (2022)
The legendary Nicolas Cage stars in this trippy adventure, playing an exaggerated version of himself. Filmmaker Tom Gormican, who co-wrote the film with Kevin Ettan, goes ‘meta’ with this movie and toys with Cage’s public persona, placing it within an espionage plot. Hilarity ensues, and what one gets is an awesome Nic Cage’s performance and a cool action comedy to keep us all entertained. The supporting cast is helmed superbly by “Game of Thrones” fame Pedro Pascal and the wonderful Tiffany Haddish. It’s a brilliantly executed film streaming on Hulu.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)
Directed by Guy Ritchie, the film boasts a stellar cast and the trademark Ritchie style of filmmaking. Starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, and Hugh Grant, among others; you’ve got to admit, this is one hell of an ensemble. If this doesn’t tickle your fancy, add to it an incredible story involving both America’s C.I.A. and Russia’s K.G.B. during the peak years of the Cold War, and you’ve got yourself an explosive cinematic experience. It’s available for rent on YouTube.
The King’s Man (2021)
The third installment in the Kingsman franchise, “The King’s Man,” features the great Ralph Fiennes and is a prequel to the previous films. Directed by Michael Vaughn, this one adds another feather to his directorial cap that includes credentials such as the previous two installments of the franchise and the cult classics “Layer Cake,” “Stardust,” and “Kick-Ass.” If you loved the films prior to this one, you’d find this one engaging. Woven together with an intricate plot and action set pieces, it provides the viewer with events leading up to the formation of the Kingsman Organization. If you’re searching for an adventure flick, take a stop right here and catch “The King’s Man” on Disney+Hotstar.
The Bank Job (2008)
Jason Statham fans cannot miss out on this brilliant heist film. It’s not every time that one finds a Statham film that works on so many levels as this one. It’s a compelling drama layered within a bank heist, and it remains extremely raunchy yet stylish. Statham gives one of the best performances of his career, and he is well supported by the remaining cast. Based on a true story, writers Dick Clementine and La Frenais manage to write a killer script, with twists and turns culminating in a remarkable finale. Director Roger Donaldson ensures that justice is done to the truly unique screenplay. If you are a lover of heist films, this one is surely for you. It’s available on Amazon Prime Videos.
This goofy spy comedy showcases women’s power in full swing. Written and directed by Paul Feig, the film stars Melissa McCarthy and Rose Byrne in pivotal roles, while Jude Law supports the film with his antics. Jason Statham graces the screen with a memorable cameo. The film dexterously handles the different tones and expectations of this genre, subverting the hyper-masculine undertones and resulting in a fresh spy comedy. Melissa McCarthy, who also starred in Paul Feig’s “The Heat,” one-ups herself in this one and ticks off all the points from the checklist one may have for a successful action comedy. If you are bored of all the machismo and are craving something different within the genre, this movie surely fits the bill. It’s available for rent on YouTube.