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The Assignment (2017)



Critic Consensus: The Assignment's premise is bizarrely intriguing; unfortunately, it's also just one of many ingredients fumbled in a disappointing misfire from director Walter Hill.

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Legendary director Walter Hill (The Warriors) gives the revenge film a modern neo-noir twist with this electrifying thriller. Hitman Frank Kitchen (Michelle Rodriguez) is given a lethal assignment, but after being double-crossed, he discovers he's not the man he thought he was-he's been surgically altered and now has the body of a woman. Seeking vengeance, Frank heads for a showdown with the person (Sigourney Weaver) who transformed him, a brilliant surgeon with a chilling agenda of her own.

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Michelle Rodriguez
as Frank Kitchen / Tomboy
Tony Shalhoub
as Dr. Ralph Galen
Anthony LaPaglia
as Honest John Hartunian
Sigourney Weaver
as Dr. Rachel Kay
Ken Kirzinger
as Nurse Albert Becker
Darryl Quon
as Jin Tao
Adrian Hough
as Sebastian
Terry Chen
as Dr. Lin
Lauro Chartrand
as Cousin in Vegas
Chad Riley
as Merchado
Hugo Ateo
as Guzman
Jason Asuncion
as Hiram Ko (Dog Trainer)
Eltie Pearce
as Whitney
Lia Lam
as Asian Woman
Alex Zahara
as Vladimir Gorski
Paul Lazenby
as Bodyguard
Zak Santiago
as Edward Gonzalez
Paul McGillion
as Paul Wincott
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All Critics (53) | Top Critics (13)

Has enough skill and personality going for it to make it worth checking out, even if it doesn't quite live up (or down, depending on your perspective) to its borderline sleazy premise.

April 7, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"The Assignment" is an embarrassment all around, a murky, regrettable piece of gutter cinema. Next year's Razzie Awards race starts here.

April 7, 2017 | Rating: D- | Full Review…

The Assignment isn't quite as nutso and passionate as it ought to be. Even the violence, gritty at times, feels a little impersonal and detached. But the film's tawdry precision is compelling by itself.

April 6, 2017 | Full Review…

There's howlingly awful and then there's "The Assignment," a thoroughly ridiculous, numbingly slow neo-noir thriller about a low-life hit man forcibly given gender reassignment surgery by a vengeful doctor.

April 6, 2017 | Full Review…

This is perhaps the angriest movie Hill - longtime specialist in tough-guy fare such as "The Driver," "Last Man Standing," "Red Heat" and "Bullet to the Head" - has ever made.

April 5, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The tricksy structure doesn't have much of a payoff (even though Mr. Hill constructs sequences with deft fluidity). And the role of the surgically altered assassin defeats poor Ms. Rodriguez.

April 5, 2017 | Full Review…

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