With its absurd faux sequel of a title and its collection of straight-to-video stand-bys and largely washed-up players, one could easily mistake Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre for a bargain-bin DVD title from a decade ago. And from its shots of either Hobbes or Shaw in a tux, a white tuxedo’d hunk of the early aughts, and a raven-haired babe in a red dress, one could also likely assume that the DVD was the first stab at Red Notice.
Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre is, in fact, neither of those things. Turns out, this is just what Guy Ritchie is doing now.
The fifth collaboration between Ritchie and Jason Statham sees the latter as—shit you not—”super spy Orson Fortune.” It is parody beyond the actual parody of Jason Statham in Spy. Anyway, he teams up with Aubrey Plaza, Cary Elwes, Bugzy Malone, and Josh Hartnett to stop billionaire Hugh Grant (doing a decidedly non-posh accent) from acquiring some super-weapon. This is what we get for not letting Ritchie make a follow-up to the charming Man from U.N.C.L.E. before we found out Armie Hammer was a cannibal or whatever. Now we get Aladdin, the fellow fake-sequel-titled King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and this crap. C’est la guerre!