Operation: Endgame (2010) – By Brian Morton

When you see guys like Zach Galifianakis, Rob Corddry and Bob Odenkirk on the cover of a DVD, you know that you’re in for something different and funny. At least that’s what I thought when Operation: Endgame crossed my inbox, but I was surprised…and not all that pleasantly.

The premise here is fairly simple, a top secret government agency is a bit concerned when Barak Obama is elected President. They’re not sure where they’ll stand in the new administration, and, as they’re planning their next move, their leader is killed, which instigates Operation: Endgame, a plan that will make sure the entire operation is wiped out before anyone in the new administration can find out about it. So, team leaders for each team, named Alpha and Omega, are pitted against each other with only 2 hours to find a way out of their underground bunker before they’re all killed.

What sounds like a cool, sort of spy parody, never really pans out that way. Corddy is trying as hard as he can, Ellen Barkin is doing her best sexed up spy chick impression and Zach Galinianakis is mostly wasted. Operation: Endgame seems to be a half thought through movie that was mostly an excuse to think of ways to kill people with office supplies. The talent is here, besides Barkin, Corddry, Odenkirk and Galifianakis, there’s Emilie de Raven, Ving Rhames and Jeffery Tambor, but no one ever really shines through the mess of a script that they were given. Operation: Endgame has all kinds of potential, but it never lives up to any of it! I’m giving Operation: Endgame 2 out of 4 cigars, if you love the idea of people in an office being turned on each other, then you’ll probably like this. But, if you’re looking for a comedic spy parody, then just look somewhere else! You can find out more for yourself by heading over to

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