Show Me the Plot ... and a Decent One
Tsuyoshi | Kyoto, Japan | 01/03/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Cuba Gooding Jr. stars this direct-to-video political/action thriller as Alex, dedicated Secret Service agent. Angie Harmon is Kate, Pulitzer-winning writer working for the newspaper "Washington Insider," who gets wind of a story when President of the United States is assassinated. James Woods plays the boss of Alex; Burt Reynolds is a retired general and Anne Archer is The First Lady.
The cast of "End Game" is reasonable, but none of them is allowed to show what they can do in this meandering, cliché-ridden story where nothing makes sense. Characters (both "good" ones and "bad" ones) repeatedly do what they don't need to do. It's a kind of plot in which a hero and a heroine can find clues as to the mastermind(s) and dodge the bullets of the baddies so easily, but audiences are not interested at all because of the lack of mystery and suspense.
The film (directed by stunt-turned-director Andy Cheng) has several decent action sequences including car actions and shooting, but not enough to make up for the poorly written script.
End Game - Synopsis and Review
prcardi | 10/12/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
Secret Service investigation into an assassination. Conspiracy theories, hit men who is your ally and who is your friend.
The plot was interesting enough to want to know who did it. The acting was good, characters were above average. The bad guy coverup just seemed half-hearted and full of holes. The interplay between reporter and secret service agent was questionable and the ending is unsatisfying. If you watch it you can enjoy it, if you miss it there is no real loss."