So you have Michelle Rodriguez playing a character who was a guy who was forced to be a woman as punishment for killing someone. The movie steals a bit of its themes from the 2011 flick, The Skin I Live In, a marvelously mind-twisting thriller starring Antonio Banderas.
In this case, Walter Hill’s The Assignment features Michelle Rodriguez as a butt-kicking hitman who was once… a man. Sigourney Weaver plays the foil for Rodriguez’s character, capturing him and turning him into a woman as punishment.
It’s a bizarre premise, but the trailer actually manages to make it look a lot better than what I thought it would be. JoBlo has the digs.
I didn’t know Walter Hill was doing biographical documentaries these days. I kid, I kid! Geez.
Anyway, you might want to register at HealthCare.gov before you visit the comment section for the trailer. If you don’t have health insurance there’s no way you’ll be able to afford chemo for the cancer you’ll contract while reading the comments.
There is a bevy of Social Justice Warriors and armchair mercenaries for the millennial menagerie, white knighting so hard in the comment section you would think ivory chess pieces were going out of style.
But there’s no sense wasting words on the wily antics of self-hating trust fund kids looking to virtue signal in YouTube comment sections. Instead, let’s talk a little bit about the trailer: so first thing is first, the plot seems a little wacky and out there but we’ll roll with it. It opens a legitimate opportunity for a lesbian sex scene in an action movie that no one can argue comes out of left field.
Additionally, the action sequences look top notch. Gritty, dark, shootouts with lots of blood and sparks and smoke from fiery pistols. The one thing that stood out is that there appears to be squibbing. I love old-school squibbing, and it’s nice to see Hill taking it back old-school… well at least in the brief scenes they showcased in the trailer. I hope the rest of the film doesn’t use digital blood effects because boy would that diminish the quality of the action scenes.
If this is a throwback film to action fare from the 1970s, 80s or 90s, I’m all on board. So long as it doesn’t get too preachy or veer too far off into left field, this could end up being like a weird, smaller budget, millennial version of Face/Off.