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Operation: Endgame (Blu-ray Review)

22 Jul, 2010 By: John Latchem

Street 7/27/10
Anchor Bay
$29.97 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for strong violence and pervasive language including sexual references.
Stars Joe Anderson, Rob Corddry, Ellen Barkin, Odette Yustman, Zach Galifianakis, Emilie de Ravin, Maggie Q, Adam Scott, Brandon T. Jackson, Beth Grant, Bob Odenkirk, Michael Hitchcock, Ving Rhames, Jeffrey Tambor.

Operation: Endgame is not your conventional spy thriller. A cast infused with well-known comedians and a script punctuated by one-liners makes it a bizarre thriller that seems to be mocking violent actioners with as many over-the-top death scenes as will fit in just over an hour and a half.

Rob Corddry shines as an acerbic drunk of a secret agent, a member of a covert underground organization. The group is divided into two branches designed to keep each other in check, known as Alpha and Omega, and are led by a director with the code name Devil (Jeffrey Tambor).

On the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration, Corddry is introducing a new agent into the fold while the team members assess a botched operation that led to the destruction of a depot of secret government files. Soon enough, Devil is murdered and their base is locked down with a two-hour self-destruct timer. The Alpha and Omega members, who usually hate each other, team to find the killer but end up turning on each other in an orgy of death, while Zach Galifianakis plays a semi-insane rogue agent wandering the halls who is either cleaning things up or inspiring the mayhem.

Against this backdrop are a couple of wisecracking administrative agents who can watch the action via closed-circuit camera but are powerless (and unwilling) to stop it as they make fun of everyone involved and their profession.

It’s an interesting take on the secret agent genre that’s very entertaining in its first hour but starts to lose steam as the storyline plays itself out with the usual twists and turns.

The Blu-ray extras are minimal, consisting of a short behind-the-scenes featurette, plus alternate opening and ending sequences, both of which are inconsequential.

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