Operation: Endgame

January 3rd, 2010


Operation: Endgame

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A battle ensues among groups of government spy teams in an underground facility after their boss is assassinated.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 4.9/10 (5,842 voted)

Director: Fouad Mikati

Stars: Joe Anderson, Rob Corddry, Ellen Barkin

A dry action-comedy about two teams of government assassins working out of a top-secret underground facility using code names from the Tarot deck. When our hero--The Fool--arrives for his first day at work to find that the boss has been killed under mysterious circumstances, he must find the killer before the whole place blows up.

Writers: Sam Levinson, Brian Watanabe

Joe Anderson - Fool
Rob Corddry - Chariot
Ellen Barkin - Empress
Odette Annable - Temperance (as Odette Yustman)
Maggie Q - High Priestess
Zach Galifianakis - Hermit
Adam Scott - Magician
Brandon T. Jackson - Tower
Emilie de Ravin - Hierophant
Beth Grant - Susan
Bob Odenkirk - Emperor
Michael Hitchcock - Neil
Tim Bagley - Carl
Ving Rhames - Judgement
Jeffrey Tambor - Devil

Taglines: Two rival teams of assassins. One killer day at the office.


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 3 Jan 2010

Filming Locations: Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Did You Know?

The original script, "The Rogues' Gallery," was a 2004 Scriptapalooza finalist and tied for "Best Comedy" at the Screenwriting Expo 3 Screenwriting Contest.

Revealing mistakes: Halfway through the fight scene between High Priestess and Tower, two of the shots of High Priestess are clearly flipped - all of the labels of the boxes in the background are suddenly backwards in those two shots.

Magician: I just... I can't imagine not waking up tomorrow, you know?
Empress: I can.

User Review

Fun movie

Rating: 6/10

Reading the plot summary I went in thinking this would be all mindless action. The action is pretty mindless, but the movie is really more comedy than anything else. The dialog is the real treat here (especially that delivered by Rob Corddry).

We're taken into an unexpected world, where American covert operatives are shown to be unglamorous, ultra-jaded, and a little crazy, like your average caricature of a stereotypical office environment, complete with cubicles, water coolers and fluorescent lights. It's far from the suave and sophisticated spy life normally depicted.

It seems like a typical day at the office, until something goes terribly wrong and suddenly everyone starts killing each other. Though still cracking jokes and making sarcastic banter.

I found the movie entertaining almost throughout. It's written and performed well for the most part. Aside from a couple of exceptions, the impressive cast list only play bit parts. Don't expect to see much of Ving Rhames or Zack Galifianakis, for example. Nevertheless I thought everyone was nicely utilized, for the amount of time they chose to donate.

My only serious problem with the movie came towards the end, when the movie seemed to try and offer some sort of serious message tied into real-life events as its conclusion; which just didn't work, probably because it didn't jive with the humorous meat of the film you just watched. The movie works best at face value, without the backstory that's eventually revealed. Basically it tries to be too much, when it should've settled for just being fun.


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