"Operation: Endgame" (also known as "Rogues Gallery") starts out promisingly, with a newly recruited agent codenamed "Fool" (Joe Anderson, "Across the Universe") ready for his first assignment. He is sent to the government's underground facilities, where he is introduced to members of two groups Omega and Alpha. Both teams are composed of eccentric agents all named after tarot cards, including "Chariot" (Rob Corddry), "Empress" (Ellen Barkin), "Hierophant" (Emilie de Ravin) and "High Priestess" (Maggie Q) and "Judgment" (Ving Rhames).
However, there is something not quite right about the way some of the agents including "Devil" (Jeffrey Tambor) act. With a new president about to be inaugurated, there is some conspiracy going on. And it looks like things are definitely not right when one of them is found horribly murdered (with pencils stuck in the body).
What follows in this dark action comedy is a survival game of government agents killing each other. The idea is fine and the cast is interesting, but the story is poorly written (script penned by Sam Levinson, director Barry Levinson's son), and the film is woefully directed. Actors like Maggie Q, Ving Rhames and Zach Galifianakis are all wasted in forgettable roles. Action scenes are amateurish. Rob Corddry and Ellen Barkin are fun to watch, but not enough to save this mess.
Produced by Richard Kelly of "Donnie Darko" fame, "Operation: Endgame" becomes tedious towards the end, taking itself too seriously. With a running time of less than 90 minutes, "Operation: Endgame" feels very long, not knowing what it really wants to do.