While no one would mistake "Bullet to the Head" for an action masterpiece, it at least possessed the pulpy proficiency of a competent direct-to-video flick. "The Assignment" is just woefully inept. At times it wants to channel the sweaty melodrama of vintage John Woo, but the entire endeavor is crippled by a screenplay that amounts to a 90-minute infodump and saddles a talented cast with mouthfuls of exposition.
Digital. "La fine bouche" dislike it, and in fact, the combination of times is a bit clumsy and certain editing options are corny, but how long ago did a movie not remind the glorious 80s/90s Hong Kong cinema (Woo and Hark mainly)? That courage of daring against good taste and whimsy, sprawling it under an ostentatious iconoclastic energy? Maybe since Woo's "Face/Off". Rodriguez/Weaver/Hill, what an assignment!