May 292017
 

The Assignment had an interesting premise and starts off well, if not weird, enough before devolving into familiar territory for the remainder of the film. On the plus side, Michelle Rodriguez isn’t bad once she’s rid of the hilariously bad fake beard and you can never have enough Sigourney Weaver in a movie.

 

 

The Assignment
(2017)

Genre(s): Suspense/Thriller, Crime
Lionsgate | R – 98 min. – $24.99 | June 6, 2017

Date Published: 05/29/2017 | Author: The Movieman

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Walter Hill
Writer(s): Denis Hamill and Walter Hill (story/screenplay)
Cast: Michelle Rodriguez, Tony Shalhoub, Anthony LaPaglia, Caitlin Gerard, Sigourney Weaver
DISC INFO:
Features:
Featurette
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.39
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc Size: 26.4 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

 


THE MOVIE — 2.75/5


Well, the first 15-20 minutes of The Assignment, the latest from legendary filmmaker Walter Hill, was something else. Not entirely sure if this was meant to be complete comedy or what, but I’ll put it this way, Michelle Rodriguez + beard + hairy chest + strap-on. Add in her character, as a male, making love to a woman who was once a man. Got all that?

So the plot revolves around a hitman named Frank Kitchen (MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ) who, as hitmen do, has killed many people over his career. However, one job has come back to haunt him when Kitchen killed the brother of a brilliant but debarred doctor, Rachel Kay (SIGOURNEY WEAVER), has Kitchen double-crossed by his employer (ANTHONY LAPAGLIA), kidnapped and undergoes a gender reassignment procedure.

Kitchen wakes up now with the face of a clearly Michelle Rodriguez, a full set of breasts and drapes down below if you catch my drift and, from what I could, nary a scratch! In Frank’s crummy motel is a tape with a message from Dr. Kay with the why she did what she did and two bottles of pills with instructions, one containing hormonal medication. Frank has only one person she can turn to: Johnnie (CAITLIN GERARD), a transgendered woman whom Frank had “relations” with prior to her transformation. With safe haven, now Frank is out for revenge, first taking down her former employer and his goons and then for Dr. Kay.

Meanwhile, the film goes between the past and present, the past with Frank’s path of vengeance to today with Dr. Kay institutionalized being interviewed by Dr. Galen (TONY SHALHOUB), the two sparring back and forth with Kay showing off her contempt for Galen, and, well for all of humanity in general. It’s one of the better highlights of the film, showcasing the acting abilities of both Shalhoub and Weaver.

The Assignment had plenty of potential and early on, I thought there was something just with the ridiculous premise coupled with the utterly laughable fake beard the filmmakers glued to Rodriguez’s face. But after that, the film goes into familiar revenge territory for basically the remainder of the film. The only saving grace is with Sigourney Weaver and, to a lesser extent, Tony Shalhoub as their characters share some fun scenes. And I’ll give some props to Michelle Rodriguez, though given her stint in the Fast franchise, no surprise she can kick ass.

Directed by Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hrs), from a screenplay by Hill and Denis Hamill, there’s an interesting plot behind The Assignment, despite some of the creativity Hill is known for, there’s something mundane and been there, done that vibe to 2/3rds of the film. On the plus side, the performances were good and it was at least better than Hill’s previous release, Bullet to the Head

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.0/5


This release comes with a matted slip cover. Inside is a DVD Copy and redemption code for the Digital HD copy. Unfortunately features are rather light with only Filmmaking Portraits (2:12; HD) featurette which is merely a bunch of behind-the-scenes stills.

PreviewsThe Girl with All the Gifts, Come and Find Me, John Wick Chapter 2, I Am WrathThe Mechanic: Resurrection

 


VIDEO – 4.5/5


The Assignment gets the call on Blu-ray presented with a 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture looks quite good showing off a wide array of colors while detail is sharp and well defined. I noticed no major instances of artifacting, aliasing or other flaws.

AUDIO – 4.0/5


The disc comes with your standard but efficient DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. While dialogue levels were clear enough, I found the few action scenes lacked a certain impact with gunfire outputting only modest depth. Even so, it’s still a fine lossless track especially given the action scenes are few and far between with the rest filled with dialogue, ambient noises (making use of the rear speakers) and the generic suspense/thriller score.

 


OVERALL – 3.0/5


Overall, The Assignment had an interesting premise and starts off well, if not weird, enough before devolving into familiar territory for the remainder of the film. On the plus side, Michelle Rodriguez isn’t bad once she’s rid of the hilariously bad fake beard and you can never have enough Sigourney Weaver (or Tony Shalhoub for that matter) in a movie. The Blu-ray released by Lionsgate offers up good video/audio transfers but the feature was woefully thin.

 

 

 

 

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