Plot: This jaw-droppingly audacious revenge thriller from the great Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours) stars Michelle Rodriguez as a lowlife killer put through full male-to-female gender reassignment surgery by a score-settling surgeon (Sigourney Weaver).

Review: I wasn’t all that interested in this movie when I first heard about it as the story sounded a bit too “out there” for my tastes but as it was directed by the great Walter Hill I figured it would be worth a shot. The movie was initially called Tomboy but was renamed to (re)Assignment which really is a terrible title and I keep having to look up what the movie was called on IMDB as it’s so forgettable. Obviously it relates to gender reassignment but as a movie title it’s hard to remember so I hope they change it again before the movie comes out.

This is such a bizarre storyline that it certainly won’t be for everyone but I at least thought it was a unique concept and refreshingly different from all the reboots, remakes and superhero movies we get these days. It also had an amazing music score which was slinky but surreal and helped give the film a creepy kind of atmosphere.

Sigourney Weaver was clearly having fun as the villainous doctor and she arguably steals the movie with her arrogant monologues about why she is such a great surgeon but sometimes you just want her to shut the Hell up so we can have some more action.

There are a few scenes of R rated violence which are quite satisfying but the action is few and far between making it lack any real thrills; the first half is especially slow in parts. The only action we get are some shoot-outs but there are no decent hand to hand fight scenes leaving the film feeling flat and despite being quite stylish it also looked cheap at times too.

I also have to say that although you may think Michelle Rodriguez is perfectly cast in the lead role she really isn’t very good in it. Whenever she is the male version of Frank it’s just her with an unconvincing beard and even less convincing deeper voice. I didn’t care about anything that happened to her because her character had zero depth or personality.

There were several scenes where Rodriguez’ hitman/woman/person is speaking to someone in Spanish but the film didn’t have any subtitles; these scenes would go on for a few minutes and we had no idea what they were saying. It might be a good idea when you submit your movie to a festival to make sure that it’s y’know, finished.

The controversial subject matter has many critics up in arms calling it “offensive” but people whine about everything being offensive these days; stop being a bunch of pussies and just judge the movie on whether it’s good or bad. I can safely say that it certainly wasn’t good and it’s going to be a tough sell to mainstream audiences but it will be interesting to see how it is marketed when it’s released next year. Several people walked out during the movie and there was unintentional laughter throughout which showed that some of the audience weren’t engaged and it was easy to see why.

Overall, not sure I would want to sit though this movie again; I will get the music score when it comes out but aside from that there isn’t much recommend. It is at least something a little different but (re)Assignment is probably one of the weakest movies I’ve seen this year. By the end of the movie I was wondering how this got past the greenlight stage and yet we’re still waiting for Dredd 2…

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Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel

I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it’s a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.