The Assignment

The Assignment

Blu-ray Disc - 2017 | Blu-ray version
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Ace assassin Frank Kitchen is double crossed by gangsters and falls into the hands of a vengeful surgeon known as The Doctor, whose brother was recently murdered by Frank.
Audience: Not rated
Publisher: [Toronto] : Mongrel Media, 2017.
Edition: Blu-ray version
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Assig
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English dubbed in French.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.

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jimg2000
Sep 15, 2017

The Doc:
You were arrested, charged with multiple crimes, and at a hearing you were found mentally unfit for trial.
- Absolute bullshxt.
The presiding judge stipulated that you were to be periodically evaluated and that, at the point, if and when you were judged
to have fully regained your faculties, you would be returned to the remand
of the district attorney, city of San Francisco, and bound over for prosecution.
- Do you feel relieved,now that you've gotten all that off your shoulders?
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Frank:
I killed a lot of guys. They were worthless pieces of shxt, but I killed them,
and you're not supposed to kill people. So what happened to me? I guess maybe in the end... It was a lot better than what I deserved. But it takes a long time to work that out. In the meantime, you just want to get even.

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jimg2000
Sep 15, 2017

I was gonna be a chick except for in my head, so get used to it. Two people. One's a beauty and one's an i-don't-know what.
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You should never let embarrassment prevent you from taking the best possible care you can of your body. It's your obligation to yourself.
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And for which crimes you've committed are you willing to make these confessions?
- All of them, Ralph. Every single one that I'm responsible for. I'm afraid I've been a very naughty lady.
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A dog is the only thing I ever trusted. A dog doesn't care if you're rich or poor, if you're famous or some bum. Only thing a dog wants is to be your buddy.

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jimg2000
Sep 15, 2017

I'm hugely sympathetic to those who want and choose to participate in gender reassignment, but normally that would never include frank kitchen.
He was by all accounts the type of man who reveled in murderous activities, as well as his masculinity. But, as time went by, the more I thought about the situation, I changed my mind about the man. He was an abandoned child who had become a ward of the state, condemned to live on the streets at an early age. I have the traditional romantic nostalgia for the idea that everyone should have a second chance, but I'm also a doctor,
a scientist, in a way an artist.
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Richard ii, act iv. Honest John baconian, was there ever a man with a more disingenuous name? Such a darwinian creature. "Good king, great king,
and yet not greatly good."

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jimg2000
Sep 15, 2017

I find myself at a philosophical crossroads. Whereas I'm aware of my own inadequacy in the grand scheme of things, simultaneously I find myself
the prisoner of lesser minds. I have dared to defy conventional morality,
but the true individual has always had to struggle with being overwhelmed
by the tribe, and no price, even this imprisonment and indignity, is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. On your terms, i am sorry for nothing. Absolutely nothing. I am proud of the experimental work I was doing for the benefit of every living human being. Sometimes harsh methods have to be used on the road to progress.

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jimg2000
Sep 15, 2017

You need a more natural look to bring out your best features. I did a good job on you, didn't I? You're really quite beautiful in a waitress/shopgirl kind of way. But I don't want to be picky. You certainly qualify as an attractive woman. But inside your head, I can see you really haven't made any progress. Still a killer. Still a street animal. Still a macho man. I gave you a new chance in life and you wasted that opportunity.
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Oh, god, I met a guy. He was one of honest John's bodyguards. He's big, mean, and no good. Just my type.
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Poe once wrote an essay called "the philosophy of composition." In it he develops his theories about proper art being indifferent to moral and political considerations, that real art was about its own dynamic inner relationships able to stand on style alone.

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jimg2000
Sep 15, 2017

I used to be a guy. A real bad guy. Then things changed. Now I look at the cards I got dealt in a different way. One thing's for sure. Change is gonna come.
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If you could be manipulated properly, maybe I'd get out of this miserable facility and rightly end upin front of a judge and jury. I'd hire myself some hotshot lawyers and hope for 12 men and women, good and true, who would appreciate my vision of a a better world.
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I think you're out of bullets. So, what do we do now? I think I'm actually a bit of a coward when it comes to life and death situations. I assume the men who work for me are... Dead. I have an idea. I think we should call it quits. You walk away into the night, I'll pull a disappearing act of my own, and, sad to say, we'll never see each other again.

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irene1979
Nov 18, 2017

Horrible

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rugolin
Oct 08, 2017

Walter Hill is a fairly good B movie directer with films like 48 Hours and Southern Comfort and here in The Assignment he tries an outlandish story of a genius doctor Sigourney Weaver taking revenge on the hitman(Michelle Rodriguez) who killed her brother by giving him gender changing surgery to become a woman. The problem is the movie just doesn't work. It is very slow and the story structure with doctor's flashbacks during interrogation is quite clunky and dull. Michelle Rodriguez is also not up to playing such a complex character so they opt to have her be the same brutal killer no matter what her gender. Walter Hill could have taken the story in so many other directions but opts for the extremely straight forward revenge thriller with it's unimaginative series of brutal killings. Just your basic low budgeted and indifferently acted straight to video action movie.

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jimg2000
Sep 15, 2017

- Insanely original premise
- Fast pace vengeance story
- Pounding sound track
- Walter Hill who also brought us Aliens, 48 Hours, Getaway
- Michelle Rodriguez, the tough guy
- Sigourney Weaver as the mad doc

I am with Roger Ebert's reviewer solidly in the like it very much camp:
4.5/10 IMDb
22% Rotten Tomatoes
3/4 Roger Ebert

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