Operation: Endgame

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Operation: Endgame
Operation Endgame.jpg
Directed by Fouad Mikati
Produced by
Written by
Starring
Music by Ian Honeyman
Cinematography Arnaud Stefani
Edited by Joshua Ferrazzano
Production
company
Infinity Media
Scion Films
Darko Entertainment
Distributed by Anchor Bay Films
Release date
  • July 16, 2010 (2010-07-16) (United States)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Operation: Endgame is a 2010 action comedy film directed by Fouad Mikati featuring an ensemble cast. It premiered on November 5, 2009, at the American Film Market and had a limited release in the US on July 16, 2010.[1] It was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on July 27, 2010.

Plot[edit]

The majority of the events in the film take place on 1.20.09, the date of the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States and the first day of work for "The Fool", as the film's main character (Joe Anderson) is code-named. The Factory, a secret office of government agents, has hired him as a thief. After the beautiful High Priestess (Maggie Q) and the caustic Chariot (Rob Corddry) meet the Fool, they enter the secret underground offices of the Factory, and the audience learns that Neal (Michael Hitchcock), Carl (Tim Bagley), and their boss Susan (Beth Grant) have the entire office under surveillance.

The Factory is separated into two teams, Alpha and Omega. The two teams specialize in black ops and oppose each other in a bureaucratic system of checks and balances. Omega Team consists of the Fool, Chariot, High Priestess, Judgement (Ving Rhames) who repeats his name whenever he can, and the Emperor (Bob Odenkirk). Alpha Team consists of the Fool's old flame, Temperance (Odette Yustman), the Empress (Ellen Barkin), Magician (Adam Scott), Tower (Brandon T. Jackson), and Hierophant (Emilie de Ravin). The head of the Factory is the Devil (Jeffrey Tambor). The wildcard of the office is the Hermit (Zach Galifianakis), an extremely dangerous assassin with diabetes and occasional irritable bowel syndrome.

Not long after the Fool is introduced to everyone, Alpha and Omega find that the Devil has been murdered, and also that he has initiated Project Endgame, which has trapped both teams underground and triggered a bomb that threatens to destroy the Factory and kill everyone. The agents need to find a way out. They decide to work in pairs with their opposing mirror agents to escape.

As they explore the office, members of Alpha Team begin to kill their Omega Team counterparts in gruesome fashion, with Empress killing Emperor with a staple remover, Hierophant killing Judgement by hitting him in the head with a table leg with nails protruding out, and Tower stabbing High Priestess in the throat with a metal bookend. Shortly after Tower is killed by Chariot who smashes his face repeatedly with a paper shredder, and then Chariot is almost killed by Magician. Back in the surveillance room, Carl, Neil, and Susan watch the carnage between the agents. But they all learn that the system has been corrupted, and Susan realizes that the clearance codes have been switched in conjunction with the inauguration.

While trying to find a way out, Fool is attacked by Hierophant but is saved by Temperance, who kills her by hitting her repeatedly in the back with the blade of a paper cutter. She reveals to him that Alpha Team was ordered to eliminate Omega Team that very day. The Fool, Chariot and Temperance face off against the remaining members of Alpha: The Empress, Magician and the mysterious Hermit. The Fool cracks a safe in the Devil's office and obtains a disc and a map to an exit. After more fighting and kills, such as Chariot setting Magician on fire, Hermit killing Chariot by throwing a pair of scissors into his eye and Temperance shooting Hermit in the crotch with her lipstick gun and then killing Empress by shoving a water cooler bottle down her throat causing her to drown, the Fool and Temperance are the only ones left standing. They both enter the exit elevator and escape. They kiss as the bomb goes off, destroying the Factory.

Meanwhile, Carl and Neil uncover an audio tape which the Devil recorded before his death. The Devil reveals that he has a disc with every dirty secret from the last eight years of the Bush administration. He also professes his love for Susan. The elevator emerges from a bathroom stall and it is revealed the Fool has killed Temperance, the paper cutter blade stuck in her head. He snaps the neck of a man in the bathroom who sees Temperance's body and takes his jacket, then he calls Susan, and tells her (in an English accent using the British pronunciation of ma'am as the American sound of "mom") that he has the disc, which contains "every single one of their fuck-ups." Susan reveals that she had hired the Fool specifically to enter the Factory and retrieve the files. She then shoots Carl and Neil. The film ends with the Fool confidently walking out of the building, stepping into a cab, and driving off and the screen turns black. In the credits, bits of a will, one recorded by Emperor and the other by Chariot, reveal that Emperor plans to leave his holiday home to his dog and give wine in his wine cellar to the widows of the men he killed, while Chariot promises that he will return as an evil ghost and will eat hearts for an eternity.[2]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming took place in Los Angeles.[2]

The original screenplay for Operation: Endgame was titled The Rogues Gallery, and was written by Brian Watanabe. The script tied for "Best Comedy" at the Screenwriting Expo 3 Screenwriting Contest and 2nd place at the 1st Screenplay Shootout.[3] It was also a 2004 Scriptapalooza finalist.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Playing for one week only at the Sunset 5 in LA
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Bartyzel, Monika (July 30, 2008). "Darko Entertainment Creates a 'Rogue's Gallery'". Cinematical. Archived from the original on July 26, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ [1], additional text.
  4. ^ [2]

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