Just in the cinema & from today in streaming subscription: The new Jason Statham film is not only worthwhile for action fans!

  • Published: 2023/05/05 09:00

    Author: Daniel Fabian


Jason Statham has been a crowd puller for years, but "Operation Fortune" didn't help that much at the box office. The spy thriller, which has a top-class cast including stars such as Hugh Grant, Josh Hartnett, Aubrey Plaza and Cary Elwes, did not have a good star from the start - and was hardly able to generate any attention in the cinema either. Too bad, because while the international press response is rather mixed, we can definitely recommend the new film by cult director Guy Ritchie ("The Gentlemen"). After it only came to German cinemas on January 5, 2023, you can already watch “Operation Fortune” as a streaming subscription to WOW or Sky from May 5. That's not just four months after the theatrical release here, but only two (!) months after the start in the USA, where the film was only shown in March. The author of this article can only warmly recommend “Operation Fortune”, which had to be postponed last year due to its connection to the Ukraine, to all fans of Guy Ritchie’s crook films, action warhorse and wisecracker Jason Statham, as well as entertaining action jokes – and FILMSTARTS editor-in-chief Christoph Petersen was also able to gain a lot from the “old school” in the best sense of the word “Operation Fortune” and its cheerful star ensemble. While the film scores just about average on rating platforms such as MetaCritic (51 out of 100 points) and Rotten Tomatoes (52 percent positive reviews), the conclusion of our 3.5-star review is spoiler: so much more positive. It says, for example, that the film would have passed as “successful cinema entertainment” a few years ago, but nothing more. But times are changing - and so today "Operation Fortune" is "something special, almost threatened with extinction - and that would be a shame if you see how much fun the cast itself has and how much fun the audience has with it prepared at the same moment. Old school in the best sense of the word.” Only when the British government really can't see any other way out is Orson Fortune (Jason Statham) the man they call for help. Because the super spy always makes life particularly difficult for his contact Nathan Jasmine (Cary Elwes): Fortune suffers from claustrophobia, for example, so that he can only go on his missions in spacious private jets - where, of course, for purely medical purposes, he always has the best vintage wines required. Of course, a lavish fee and a luxury holiday following a successfully completed order go without saying. But now something has been stolen from a Ukrainian research center that is to be resold for ten billion dollars - and the secret service does not even know what it is! So he has no choice but to hire Fortune, who gets to work with his team. First target: the super-rich, eccentric black market trader Gred Simmonds (Hugh Grant), who luckily is a huge fan of Hollywood star Danny Francesco (Josh Hartnett). So the actor is hired for his most demanding role to date – as a real agent. *These links are so-called affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links or subscribe, we will receive a commission. This has no effect on the price.