This is a big YES! Not as big a YES as Guy Ritchie's The Gentlemen, but Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre is like a joy ride in a 65 Mustang Custom.
And more on that later.
A film which ALMOST uses the, ahem, ruse of the Hitchcock MacGuffin, Operation Fortune calls on the outstanding comic skills of Jason Statham, Hugh Crant, Aubrey Plaza, and Cary Elwes.
And, not to sound like a Variety review from 1962, the movie delivers.
Statham (Orson Fortune) is commandeered to locate the MacGuffin, a world-ending weapon known only as The Handle. He jets off to various Hollywood junkets such as Antalya, Morocco, and Doha.
As an aside, does no one in Tinsel Town ever jet off to Andalusia, Pennsylvania? Or, "hfaklerfklnf, ;a=afanofjo" as John Fetterman, the Senator from the Keystone State would "say."
In tow is Aubrey Plaza (Sarah), who should file a literary harassment suit against the WGA for the worst dialogue since Ishtar. Bugzy Malone (JJ) is also along for the ride and has a certain understated hilarity.
However (Again, sorry about the Variety Mag channeling), Operation Fortune is Hugh Grant's movie. He plays arms broker Grey Simmonds, a lethal operative with a fanboy crush on Josh Hartnett (Danny Francesco, a part reserved for Brad Pitt, but our fave Ritchie character actor might be too, GASP!, old.).
Grant is the middle-man between a mob from Central Casting and a rogue agent (The snooze-worthy Peter Ferdinando) working the same bounty. He sits calmly in a chair as a series of guided missiles take out the satellite tracking capabilities of two nefarious tech billionaires, Oliver Maltman and Tim Rosenthal, both of who(m) should return to acting class.
And stay there.
No one wants proxies for Mark Zuckerberg, or Larry Page on the big screen.
No one, except for Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page.
The dead body count is excessive. But that car chase with the 1965 Mustang is worth the elimination of four of the mob members of Central Casting. And is much fun as Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre.
Prime. Rent it. It's worth the six bucks.