In “Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre,” super-spy Orson Fortune (Jason Statham) is on a mission to stop arms dealer Greg Simmonds (Hugh Grant) from selling a dangerous new weapon. Fortune assembles a team, including tech whiz Sarah Fidel (Aubrey Plaza) and Hollywood star Danny Francesco (Josh Hartnett), to pull this off. They pose as Francesco’s crew, crashing high-society events to halt the sale. With “Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre,” Guy Ritchie is back with his explosive blend of action, humor, and international intrigue. This globetrotting adventure promises a wild ride through exotic locations.

Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre (2023) Plot Summary & Movie Synopsis:

The film begins in London, England, and we see Nathan visiting the intelligence office with a black dossier and meeting with Mr Knighton, who has summoned him to discuss an urgent matter. The issue at hand is that two nights ago, some heavily guarded cargo was ambushed outside a facility in Johannesburg. All guards who were at the spot were mercilessly annihilated. Now, Nathan’s job is to figure out what the shipment is, who stole it, and also who is buying it. The intelligence report warns that if the stolen goods happen to fall into the wrong hands, it can wreak havoc on the world.

Stolen Tech Threatens Global Havoc!

Nathan agrees to do the job and suggests Orson Fortune’s name for it, which doesn’t delight Knighton as Orson is a man who doesn’t respect the change of command and is known for breaking the rules as he pleases. However, Orson does have a knack for getting the job done. Therefore, Knighton has no choice but to give Nathan a green light. The only catch is that Orson is on holiday and has no intention of returning to work. However, given the severity of the situation, he has to change his mind. The rest of the team includes Sarah Fidel, an American Agent, and JJ Davis, a man Nathan claims is a jack of all trades.

The operation begins, and Orson and the team track a bagman who is delivering a hard drive. They capture the bagman, recover the drive, and decide to deliver it to the buyer since it’s impossible to encrypt the drive without the data key. The buyer is revealed to be Greg Simmons, a billionaire arms dealer known for selling everything from Tomahawks to rockets.

Why Did Orson Approach Danny Francesco, the Movie Star?

Danny Francesco is a massive movie star, and luckily for Orson, he also happens to be Greg Simmonds’ biggest celebrity crush. Therefore,  the team decides to use Danny to infiltrate Greg Simmonds. The question is, why would Danny dance to Orson’s tunes? In reality, Sarah pulls some strings and finds evidence that Danny is having an affair with his sister-in-law. If the evidence is to get out, it will ruin Danny’s career, which hasn’t been going well lately. Orson demands that Danny help him infiltrate Greg Simmons, or he can say goodbye to his career. With no choice left, Danny has to agree.

Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre (2023) Movie Ending Explained
A still from “Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre” (2023)

Danny attends a fundraiser for orphaned kids, and therein, he runs into Simmonds, and the latter immediately gifts a million-dollar diamond necklace to Sarah, who is posing as Danny’s wife. Simmonds also introduces Danny to his billionaire friends, Trent and Ornald, who are active in the biotech industry.  Soon, Simmonds and Danny are having cocktails, and Danny talks about his next project, where he plays the role of a billionaire like Simmonds. Simmons takes the bait and offers Danny a chance to spend a week in his Turkish Villa for research purposes. Danny agrees.

What is the Mysterious Shipment?

The team arrives at Simmonds’ luxurious palace with Danny Francesco to uncover the identity of the mysterious buyer and figure out what exactly is worth a staggering 10 billion dollars. While Danny is busy driving posh cars with Simmonds, Orson tails Simmonds’ right-hand man, Ben Harris. Unfortunately, Ben Harris realizes he is being followed and sends his bodyguard to deal with Orson. Unfortunately, things get out of hand, leading to Harris plummeting off a tall building straight into an outdoor cafe. Sarah breaks into Simmonds’s computer at the villa and finds that Greg is planning to sell a state-of-the-art programmable AI that can break into any system. It has the power to topple the share market or even launch nuclear missiles, and Simmonds is brokering the deal for 10 billion dollars.

Since Ben Harris is dead, Orson decides to pose as Ben and meet with the Ukrainians to oversee the deal, unbeknownst to Simmonds. With some help from Sarah and her skills, they make Orson sound like Harris over a call to extract the 15-digit security code from Simmonds. Unfortunately, one of the guards recognizes Orson, leading to an intense Guy Ritchie-style shootout, complete with bullets flying all around and big explosions. Soon, Simmonds also learns about the situation when Amelia tells him that Danny and Sarah are working for the English Government. Simmonds has no intention to let this betrayal slide and orders his men to capture Danny and Sarah at any cost. As for the AI, Mike arrives at the spot, lays waste to Orson’s plans (AGAIN), and steals the AI, implying he has gone rogue.

Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre (2023) Movie Ending Explained:

How Orson and Team Turn the Tides in Their Favour?

Sarah is no less than a genius when it comes to exploiting people’s weaknesses, and Simmonds is no exception. Remember when Sarah was going to Simmonds’ computer? Sarah downloaded a handful of files that could send Simmonds behind bars for a long, long time. If Simmonds wishes to avoid that, he is to do what  Orson tells him to. Orson asks Simmonds about his buyer and is told that Simmonds was brokering the AI to biotech billionaires Trent and Arnold, who want to use the AI to topple the banking system. This is exactly why Trent and Arnold have been buying up 40 billion dollars worth of gold. If their plan succeeds, it will wreak havoc on financial systems and skyrocket the price of gold a hundredfold.

Simmonds agrees to take Orson to the meeting point, but the only problem is that the place is being guarded by Trent and Arnold’s private army, who shoot first and ask questions later. Orson and Davis take care of the guards while Simmonds attends the meeting with Danny. Simmonds asks Trent to pay him his commission. To intimidate them, Simmonds also levels a soon-to-be-demolished hotel by AGM-65 Missile. Greg also makes it clear that if he isn’t paid what he is owed in five minutes, everyone whom Trent and Arnold hold dear will be killed. Trent and Arnold agree, but the fact that they are transferring his commission to Greg doesn’t sit well with Mike, and he kills Trent and Arnold. Mike tries to kill Orson, too, but the latter knocks him down. Once the dust settles, the black ops forces arrive and arrest the ones responsible.

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Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre (2023) Movie Links: IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Wikipedia, Letterboxd
The Cast of Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre (2023) Movie: Jason Statham, Aubrey Plaza, Josh Hartnett, Cary Elwes, Bugzy Malone, Eddie Marsan, Hugh Grant
Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre (2023) Movie Genre: Action/Comedy/Mystery & Thriller | Runtime: 1h 54m
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