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Ruse de Guerre

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Plot Overview

briefcaseBritish head of intelligence Nathan Jasmine (Cary Elwes) cuts short the vacation time of their top agent Orson Fortune (Jason Statham) to have him intercept at Aeropuerto de Madrid a mysterious package sent from an anonymous source to a name­less recipient for an unknown reason. The courier turns out to be a civilian chump hardly worthy of a seasoned tail, but MI6 has a whole team on him for this little walk in the park. Trouble arises from a competing team—Americans?—following the same target, which is justified for the sake of diversity held to generate competition for the best outcome. Okay. Has nobody ever heard of the adage: too many cooks spoil the soup?

jet pilotThis is a spy spoof with high PC sarcasm. The station head is short of stature the way the spy genre gives another in his role an abbreviated name (M.) The head field agent is overly particular about his flight arrangements the way James Bond is a picky eater. He's too buff to be taken seriously for his management cover and is called on it, but we're beyond stereo­types, we are. The villainous opponent is a cipher.

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and girlTheir replacement second fiddle agent is a woman named Sarah Fidel (Aubrey Plaza.) She's a computer whiz able to crack the opponents' tight security, a veritable encyclopedia who can snow a curious guard with a word salad on arcane topics, and pretty enough (“Wow!”) to pass the girl­friend test. Under­cover as “Mikayla” she can drop a bad girl, sexual innuendo into a casual conversation at will. Unfortunately, her professionalism has eclipsed her femininity to the point where she can't convincingly respond to an unwanted pass from a womanizer (“Who are you?”) and gains the moniker, “Fake Mikayla.”

The ascent
of man

phone callInasmuch as the camera gives us lingering shots of Sarah's luscious lips as she transmits cogent updates to her spy team­mates in the field, it gives equal time to their black agent JJ Davies (Bugzy Malone) lining up covering shots on his scoped rifle/phallic symbol. And while Sarah's diction is precise to perfection, when it's JJ's turn to transmit, we can't quite make out what he's saying on account of his regional British accent coupled with what teachers refer to as lazy diction but is more likely the ebonics of their race who haven't been descended from the trees long enough to have mastered the king's English on their negroid lips. This is used humorously, though, as is given away by the English subtitles beneath the accented English of Turkish arms broker Qasim Amari (Ergun Kuyucu) whom we can under­stand well enough, but not JJ. They keep his lines short and sweet.


volunteers neededThis crack team needs to draft outside help to get close to billionaire arms dealer Greg Simmonds (Hugh Grant) so they can steal a data key from his cell phone. He's a big fan of Holly­wood star Danny Francesco (Josh Hartnett,) so the idea is to have his idol show up at Simmonds's War Orphans Fund-Raiser Event. Danny isn't interested and can't be bought or shamed into it, so they resort to blackmail. They've got video of Danny in the sack with his brother's wife. This is an instance of, (Prov. 17:12) “Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.” If Danny's brother finds out, things will get very nasty, but not as bad as if the wrong people decode those mystery files. They don't know what's in them exactly, but the smart money says it's worse than a load of AK–47's.

Production Values

” (2023) was directed and partly written by Guy Ritchie along with fellow writers Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies. It stars Jason Statham, Aubrey Plaza and Hugh Grant. The leads were in good form with strong backup as well. Plaza is altogether too pretty to be an effective spy—attracts too much attention—but keeps the guys drooling in their seats. Grant strikes just the right note as a snob­bish merchant of death ironically supporting the cause of war orphans. Go figure.

MPAA rated it R for language and violence. It's a writer's wet dream seamlessly integrating various plot lines into a most enjoyable product. And it keeps us on our toes. The foreign settings are not overly distracting. Runtime is 1 hour 54 minutes.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

The high PC sarcasm, naturally, gives a reviewer pause trying to write some­thing safe about it. I'll fall back on a line from a Caskie Stinnett novel: “There have been—there undoubtedly are worse frauds being put over on the people every day. But all things considered, as the saying goes, this is a real dilly” (92). Along with the sarcasm, the humor includes puns, spoofs, and irony. And while we applaud the film for not recycling the same sorry joke over and over, this diversity creates a new problem. Your buddies may not have their senses of humor in sync with each other, which may result in you all laughing at different places. That could prove awkward. The audience in my progressive town, how­ever, didn't seem too upset; nobody stalked off in a huff.

I quite enjoyed this film. It seemed like fresh material or old material used in a new way. There's a lot about it to enjoy, what­ever your tastes.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Well done action flick. Suitability For Children: Not Suitable for Children of Any Age. Special effects: Average special effects. Video Occasion: Good for Groups. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Three and a half stars out of five.

Works Cited

Scripture was quoted from the King James Version. Pub. 1611, rev. 1769. Software.

Stinnett, Caskie. Out Of the Red. Copyright © 1960 by Caskie Stinnett. New York: Random House. Print.