Operation: Nation Review – an unfunny, unfocused tale

April 13, 2023
Emma Vine 1
Film Reviews, Netflix, Streaming Service


Though the cast of Operation: Nation do all they can with the material presented, the film has too many moving parts and tries too hard, resulting in unfunny, unfocused chaos.

We review the 2022 Netflix film Operation: Nation, which does not contain spoilers.

Netflix’s foreign film, Operation: Nation, or known in its language Kryptonim Polska, hails from Poland, taking satire to a new level.

The movie, written by Jakub Ruzyllo and Lukasz Sychowicz and directed by Piotr Kumik, explores a not-so-intelligent nationalist group amidst a love story with a twist.

Operation: Nation (2022) Review and Plot Summary

Staszek (Maciej Musialowski) is a twenty-year-old looking for a purpose. He yearns to be a footballer, but a sustained injury ended his chances for a career in the sport.

After letting go of his dream, he began working at a local car lot alongside his pretentious boss, who has money but doesn’t consider making Staszek a permanent worker or paying him a decent wage.

Staszek has to share a small room with his k-pop loving sister at home, but he can’t wait to move out and obtain independence and freedom.

Staszek’s cousin Roman (Borys Szyc) leads a nationalist group named ZMR/RYS and encourages Staszek to join, as he thinks he’s intelligent and could contribute as a member.

Staszek is the outcast of the group and is far too nice to carry out any acts of violence, nor does he share their extreme beliefs.

While attempting to prove himself to ZMR/RYS as a dedicated member, Staszek meets Pola (Magdalena Mascianica), a leftist activist who hates everything about the nationalist group.

She also doesn’t know he’s part of the clan, and Staszek does whatever he can to hide it.

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As the pair start to date and grow closer, Staszek’s best-kept secret becomes more and more of a challenge as the couple’s relationship progresses.

Musialowski and Mascianica have great chemistry, but other plot lines overshadow their love story, making it feel rushed and undeveloped.

This is unfortunate, as scenes between the two are some of the most enjoyable in the film, but there just aren’t enough to get the viewer invested in their budding relationship.

Another drawback of their romance is predictability, knowing halfway through the movie how their love story will conclude.

Pola and Staszek are both interesting characters, and Musialowski and Mascianica do all they can in their roles.

Still, the material fails to create an emotional response with the viewer and is too light-hearted and lackluster. The same can be said for Szyc, who is perfect as Roman but is let down by an undesirable script.

Humor is also a disappointment, with a juvenile approach to comedy. I get that Operation: Nation is going for an outlandish angle, with the nationalists depicted as unintelligent and tone-deaf.

However, the material is unfunny, the execution could be better, and it isn’t anything we haven’t seen before a million times over.

Operation: Nation also attempts to do too much, juggling comedy, romance, and multiple subplots. This results in uneven pacing and a lack of direction, which made me lose interest.

Is Operation: Nation Good or Bad?

Operation: Nation is not a recommended film. The jokes fall flat, the love story shared between the two main characters isn’t explored enough to grip the viewer, and the nationalist group storyline is cartoonish and unfunny.

Is Operation: Nation worth watching?

No, Operation: Nation is not worth watching. If you want to watch a much better film with the similar subject material, I recommend Jojo Rabbit.

What did you think of the 2022 Netflix film Operation: Nation? Comment below.

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1 thought on “Operation: Nation Review – an unfunny, unfocused tale

  • April 21, 2023 at 8:14 am

    Some movies have the ability to capture very unique social stereotypes and this is particulary true with polish cinema, in the dramatic, and in using the dramatic as comic.

    This is true in this movie, as after living in poland for a decade, the things that made me laught the most in this movie would clearly go unnoticed to someone who has not endured 10+ years in poland.

    Polish cinema (and poland in general, that is one of the main topic of this film) seem to have a “for us by us” approach, that even when making great masterpieces, do not reach a wider audience.

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