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Operation: Endgame
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Aug 3, 2010 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Fouad Mikati

Actors:
Joe Anderson
Odette Yustman
Rob Corddry
Zach Galifianakis

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A young CIA agent (Joe Anderson) joins a top-secret crew of assassins, comprising of two teams, Alpha, and Omega. His first day at the office coincides with Barack Obama’s inauguration as President, which sets off “Operation:Endgame”- which is designed to make both teams eliminate each other to bury any lingering secrets the previous presidential administration doesn’t want leaked.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Rob Corddry: action star? Sure enough, OPERATION:ENDGAME is, in fact, Corddry’s first foray into the world of action films. Despite being obviously tongue in cheek (how serious can a film be featuring a team of assassins that include Corddry, Adam Scott, Bob Odenkirk, and Zach Galifianakis?)- OPERATION: ENDGAME is essentially a fast paced action flick. Running a scant eighty minutes, I’d say at least half the running time is comprised of one-on-one fights, where the assassins try to kill each other using regular office tools (in one awesome scene, Corddry’s wastes someone with a paper shredder). Sound like fun? Well, it is, and it isn’t…

You see, OPERATION: ENDGAME isn’t a particularly good film. The plot line is as basic as you can get, and tonally this is all over the place. However, it’s elevated somewhat by the top-notch comedic cast. While many of them have disappointingly brief parts (Odenkirk, and Jeffrey Tambour barely have enough time to cash their paychecks before they’re killed off), luckily, Corddry has a decent amount of screen time, which is a good thing as he’s easily the best part of the film. As for the action scenes, well- they’re nothing special. This isn’t exactly UNDISPUTED 3, and with Corddry and Galifianakis doing most of the fighting, you’re going to get exactly what you get here: sloppily edited, heavily doubled fights.

I imagine the presence of Zach Galifianakis is going to draw a lot viewers, and he’s OK here- but it’s the same old shtick, nothing new. Imagine his HANGOVER character as an assassin and you’ve got the idea. He only really shows up in the last twenty minutes or so, making this really more of an extended cameo- which might disappoint some of his fans.

The de-facto stars of this film are Joe Anderson (of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, and THE CRAZIES), and gorgeous Odette Yustman. They both acquit themselves well enough, but they can’t help but be owned by some of the more established comedic talents whenever they’re on-screen. In the last section of the film, they have to carry it- and this is when the film really falls apart, leading to an abrupt, unconvincing final twist.
THE EXTRAS
Not much here, other than an alternate opening and alternate ending , and a brief featurette .
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Overall, OPERATION:ENDGAME is a pretty mediocre film, but it’s probably worth seeing for Corddry alone, who manages to wring a lot of laughs out of the material. It’s a B-movie all the way, but maybe not a bad rental if you like the cast.
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