The Review at a Glance: ( max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Anchor Bay Films- 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 82 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: VC1 (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Audio Format(s): English LPCM 5.1, English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Rob Corddry, Ellen Barkin, Joe Anderson, Ving Rhames, Jeffrey Tambor, Adam Scott, Odette Yustman, Bob Odenkirk,
Directed by: Fouad Mikati
Music by: Andy Ross
Written by: Sam Levinson (screenplay) & Brian Watanabe (earlier screenplay)
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: July 27, 2010
"Two rival teams of assassins. One killer day at the office."
Operation: Endgame centers around two rival teams of government assassins, who work out of a top-secret underground facility and use code names from the Tarot deck. When new hire “The Fool” joins the group, he arrives for his first day only to discover that the boss has been murdered and the office has been locked down and turned into a ticking time bomb. He must survive his ambitious co-workers, find the killer, and discover a way out before the whole place explodes.
My Take:I can't really do better or expand anymore than the above synopsis of 'Operation:Endgame', other than there is no 'killer' as they are all killers. That's really all that happens and honestly, I still can't tell you exactly why it all happened. One team is ordered to kill the other, but 'The Devil', team Alpha's boss sets off the self destruct protocol- 'Operation:Endgame', as he is killed--Leaving all the assassins trapped underground with only an hour or so to live. SO that is the bad; It 's a story that tries to be complex and never really sums up why things happened how they did (my best stab is that it is because they screwed up a mission not to long ago). The good is the terrific ensemble cast who all shined and the first 20 minutes of the film that worked well when it was focused on being a comedy. At that point I really thought I was watching a winner; I was wrong as it turned out to be just OK.
The cast standouts include Rob Corddry (Hot Tub Time Machine. Old School) as Chariot. He stole the film proving that he is capable of carrying a movie, and I would love to see him do so soon! Ellen Barkin was a riot as Empress, the foul-mouthed, sex pot leader of team 'Omega". The rest of the cast includes Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Joe Anderson (The Crazies), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction), Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Adam Scott (Step Brothers), Maggie Q (Live Free or Die Hard), Odette Yustman (Cloverfield), Emilie de Ravin (Lost) & Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder). All the cast members did a solid job and were the reason why this film was passable; delivering some nice laughs. The kills were fun, with a bit more gore than anticipated, but unfortunately the script fell flat with a lame story. This is a great example of a fun and slightly original idea that ended up tripping over its own feet.
Rated R for strong violence and pervasive language including sexual references.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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'Operation:Endgame' comes to Blu-ray Disc from Anchor Bay Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 28.4 Mbps and LPCM 5.1 sound that has an constant bitrate of 6.91 Mbps.
'Operation:Endgame' is an decent Blu-ray release from Anchor Bay Entertainment, having above average looks and sound. The AVC 2.40:1 video has a very slight bit of visible grain with no other video noise to be seen. The grain is exacerbated in dark shots and blacks, though the shadow detail and black level are above average as well. On close-ups and non-panning shots the transfer is sharp and detailed. Long shots have a tendency to lose a bit of the definition but it is not something that stands out unless you are looking for it. The films colors are natural, with a slight under-saturation giving skin-tones, especially in the headquarters control room a pasty appearance. 99% of the move takes place indoors and under florescent lighting; with that in mind the colors and flesh-tones felt right on point. This is a strong HD presentation but not reference material. The Lossless PCM 5.1 audio track is sufficient but it is nothing that will leave you with a sense of 'wow'. I had no issues making out dialogue and the mix seemed spot-on. The front sound-stage had great imaging, dialogue really seemed to come from the actors mouths. The few moments that called big deep LFE did have some meat but were a bit disappointing, never shaking my room. My one complaint is the dynamics of the soundtrack never stood out and it felt, at times, like it was all normalized to the same level. Surround channels were present but never overbearing and hardly ever calling attention to themselves. Again, a sufficient track but nothing spectacular.
- (HD) Behind The Scenes of Operation:Endgame
- (HD) Alternate Ending
- (HD) Alternate Opening
'Operation:Endgame' started out with a bunch of funny moments, and a lot of potential; however, it never lived up to its opening and seemed to take the long path to nowhere. The alternative ending is the most ludicrous excuse for a special feature I have seen--it's the same ending just cut short by a moment. The movie shined when Rob Corddry was the lead, showing us he is capable of carrying a movie and being more than a funny side-kick. A couple of fun fight scenes ending in some gore, a cool cast and an OK story (yet it never fully explained things) make it a worthy rental. Throw it in your queue if a quirky, raunchy humored cross-genre flick sound right up your alley.
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