This 2017 film, which is in form and content a
Robert Rodriguez film which has not actually been
created by Robert Rodriguez, was actually written and
directed by Walter Hill. If that name sounds familiar to
you, but you don't quite know why, join the club. He was
quite a successful director in 1982, when his 48 Hrs was
a national box office sensation as a starring vehicle
for Eddie Murphy, who was then an ascendant star. Hill
directed more than 20 films altogether, although none of
them really changed the landscape of cinema. My favorite
is The Warriors, which is kind of a filmed video game
about NY street gangs, but you may also remember The
Long Riders, Brewster's Millions, Last Man Standing, Red
Heat, Wild Bill and many others.
1982 was a long time ago. Hill was 40 them. He's now 75.
He had not been the writer/director on a project since
Undisputed (which I don't remember at all) in 2002, and
before that was Last Man Standing in 1996. I had no idea
he was still alive, let alone creating films. Do not
assume because Hill is an old geezer who hasn't worked
as an auteur in 15 years that he has made an old man's
movie with a sure hand. The Assignment is about as far
from that as you can imagine. You might even call it
sophomoric. Created in Canada on a low budget, it's a
dark and twisted pulp tale about a macho hitman who
kills the brother of a famous surgeon. The doc then
takes revenge by kidnapping the hitman and performing
unwanted gender reassignment surgery on him, turning him
into a hitwoman. Once the unsavory killer has recovered
his or her strength, well, it seems almost unnecessary
to say that he/she will concoct a scheme to get gruesome
counter-revenge on the doc.
Unfortunately, it's not a very good "young man's movie":
Tomatoes indicates that only 22% of the reviews
It scores only a 5.3
at IMDb, which places it dead last on his filmography
as a feature film director.
The film is basically non-stop grotesque violence (who
cares) and nudity (now we're talkin'!)
and in 1080hd!!
Rodriguez is the hitman/woman
Gerard is the very adaptable woman who has sex
with the hitman when he's a man, then picks the sexual
relationship right up again when the killer re-appears
as a woman. Hey, it's good to remain flexible.
Lam is just a random woman who is having sex with
the wrong person at the wrong time.
Also on the radar today:
LQ Kristen Stewart (cam??) .gif clips from Personal
finally just went topless on Instagram
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