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70 Ratings

The Assignment

Directed by Walter Hill
United States, France, 2016
Action, Thriller, Crime


Following an ace assassin who is double crossed by gangsters and falls into the hands of rogue surgeon known as The Doctor who turns him into a woman. The hitman now a hitwoman sets out for revenge, aided by a nurse named Johnnie who also has secrets.

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The Assignment Directed by Walter Hill
This marvelous film got thrown under the bus of instant oblivion even faster than Nocturama – and for roughly similar reasons of political over-sensitivity. Based on his own graphic novel, Hill hits his best groove in this fast and furious tale of gender-tinkering and bloody revenge. Sigourney Weaver has a particularly juicy part in it.
December 22, 2017
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I can’t, and so won’t, attempt to describe the film’s success at dealing authentically with its ostensible subject. But I will say that as a continuation of a theme he’s dealt with since his first outing as a director, Hard Times, it’s an unqualified success. It says, like so many other Hill movies, that our bodies cannot contain the ambition of our souls. We will be betrayed by our frames.
November 01, 2017
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Pulpy, facile, and not quite action-packed, the film probably won’t go down as the apex of Hill’s storied career. But vis-a-vis Frank’s reenergized, newly queer relationship with his pre-kidnapping girlfriend, The Assignment toes a fascinating line between paperback exploitation and insinuating psychodrama.
April 12, 2017
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