The Assignment Reviews
Actually, it was a much better film than what I've heard of it. What could you expect from a B movie? This was a much better film for its small budget with a decent cast. The storyline seems okay, but Michelle Rodriguez is the one who made it possible. Yeah, it was like created for her to play the main role and she excelled. The filmmaking was quite compromised when the initial part of her character was played by herself. Because of particularly her height, but decently convinces us with all the rest of the makeovers.
The film was about an assassin, who after encountering some wrong men, discovers later that he'd went through gender reassignment surgery. Now raged with anger, he begins his hunt whoever behind it, especially finding the reason for. With a small romance and action sequences, the film comes to an end. Before giving it a try, you must understand that it is not the film you should expect to be a masterpiece. It tried its best to narrate a decent story, as well as you get your entertainment along. So it is not a must see, but still worth a watch.
Movie Review: The Assignment
Date Viewed: April 13 2017
Directed By Walter Hill (48 Hrs., Red Heat, The Warriors, Extreme Prejudice, Bullet to the Head, The Driver, Streets of Fire, Trespass and Undisputed)
Written By Walter Hill and Denis Hamill
Starring: Michelle Rodriguez, Caitlin Gerard, Sigourney Weaver, Anthony LaPaglia, Tony Shalhoub, Yvette Nicole Brown, Terry Chen, Paul McGillion and Zak Santiago.
Dumb-Assignment is more like it. This pile of shit is an awful movie for numerous reasons. It has nothing to say about transgender identity, the film premieres in theaters and VOD during a time where transgender people in the U.S. are being discriminated by right-wing politicians with their ludicrous laws and bathroom bills, it doesn't do any good for the careers of Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver and legendary action director Walter Hill and no wonder it wants to be a B-movie, the "B" actually stands for bad.
"The Assignment" is one of those movies that's so incoherent, ugly, vile and strange you just can't believe your eyes. Highly known for her bad-ass girl persona, Michelle Rodriguez seems to be everywhere these days, she will reprise her role as Letty in "Fate of the Furious" tomorrow and right now she's a tough, street-smart female Smurf in "Smurfs: The Lost Village". She's always a good actress under better circumstances but here, her performance is such a blank note.
Rodriguez chews it up big time as a male hitman named Frank Kitchen. I'm sorry? She's a man!?! Yes folks for the first 15 minutes or so of the movie, Rodriguez has a fake mustache and a fake dong. When we do first see Rodriguez as a male, I went "You got to be kidding me", "You're not serious", "Okay, Am I being Punk'd right now?". Okay, adults can believe that she does look like a man but they can also say that she can't play a man on screen because the thought of her as a man is just plain silly and flat-out creepy. There's also a sex scene between Rodriguez (in man form) and his or her female companion whose name is Johnnie (Caitlin Gerard) but it only lasts for like 10 seconds. WOW! This movie can't even make a sex scene between Rodriguez and another female seem fun. Actually, this movie seems to be allergic to both sex and cool action scenes because the action here is not that good.
As Frank Kitchen enjoys his neo-noir life as a lethal killing machine man, a mysterious woman known as the Doctor (Weaver) hires a local San Francisco gangster who's honestly named Honest John (Anthony LaPaglia) to take her out without killing her. After she gets knocked down by Honest John, the Doctor performs a sex-change operation on Frank as an act of revenge for killing his brother. When Frank Kitchen wakes up, she's instantly back home but with a new horrific makeover, "OH NO! I have boobies and a vagina now!".
The movie shifts back to the present where the Doctor is in a mental institution and she tells Frank Kitchen's story to her shrink, Dr. Ralph Galen (Tony Shalhoub). He doesn't believe her story for a second and he also doesn't believe that Frank Kitchen even exists. As for Kitchen, he maybe a she now but she still has the mind of a tough hitman. Kitchen seeks refuge in Johnnie's apartment where she plans her ultimate act of revenge which is killing the person who's responsible for transforming him into a woman.
Co-written by Walter Hill and Denis Hamill (who previously did "Turk 182"), "The Assignment" was apparently written in the late 70's and boy does it show. Action movies of any kind can be fun, bloody and stylish, look at the "John Wick" films for example, these movies had style, characters we cared about, great fight sequences and shootouts and in your face one-liners. However in this movie, the action is poorly done and the style here is all dark and murky. In fact, this whole movie seems all dark and murky to me. How so? It's almost as if somebody put motor oil on the lens.
The question on everybody's mind is, what happened to Walter Hill? The 74-year-old filmmaker was on the top of his form with low-budget action classics such as "The Driver", "The Warriors", "Extreme Prejudice" and of course "48 Hrs.", since then he has gone the deep end with big-time bombs such as "Wild Bill", "Last Man Standing", "Supernova" and "Bullet to the Head". He used to be the grand wizard of this genre but not anymore.
With awful performances and cruddy action, "The Assignment" hits a bullseye at being a complete waste of time and for everyone involved. It is an inept piece of work from Walter Hill and it's one of the worst movies of 2017.
This movie is very poorly put together. Not even Michele Rodriguez and Sigorney Weaver could save this low budget wreck of a movie. The performances of the other actresses was less than desirable. This movie is a waste of time. I do not recommend watching it. The only thing I said afterward was what the heck did I just watch?!