Friday, 15 September 2017
Operation: Endgame (2010)
It is the inauguration of Barack Obama, which is bad news for the black ops agency The Factory. It's been allowed to get up to all sorts of inappropriate mischief in the previous eight years, and that's all about to come to the light of day. Or at least, it should. Some within the Factory are determined to ensure that their tracks are covered. And they don't really care what they need to do in order to achieve that goal.
Apparently the original script for this film did quite well in screenwriting competitions back in 2004. It was presumably at least somewhat different back then, what with Obama's election being several years in the future. I wonder if it was also funnier back then, because while I did laugh a couple of times during this ostensible comedy, there was an awful lot of macho posturing type stuff that I think was supposed to be comically over the top, but didn't really work for me. It was over the top, certainly, but I didn't find it to be so in a manner that was funny.
Things do improve once the action elements of the film kick off, as the film at least has momentum then, but it's best not too think too closely about the plot. It's one of those complicated triple-cross things which only work if everything falls exactly into place.
There's a great cast here, of recognisable if not exactly A-list names. I just wish they were assembled for a better film.