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The Assignment

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Walter Hill

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About the Movie

After her brother is killed, an unhinged cosmetic surgeon (Sigourney Weaver) captures the assassin (Michelle Rodriguez) who committed the crime and performs an underground gender reassignment. Now, the assassin formerly known as Frank is out for revenge of his own. From Walter Hill the Director of THE WARRIORS and STREETS OF FIRE.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 55
  • Fresh: 17
  • Rotten: 38
  • Average Rating: 3.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The tricksy structure doesn't have much of a payoff (even though Mr. Hill constructs sequences with deft fluidity). And the role of the surgically altered assassin defeats poor Ms. Rodriguez. – Glenn Kenny, New York Times, Apr 5, 2017

Rotten: Gracelessly mashes together hardboiled crime-melodrama cliches and an unintentionally funny "Oh no! I'm a chick now!!" gender-change narrative hook. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Sep 12, 2016

Rotten: There's howlingly awful and then there's "The Assignment," a thoroughly ridiculous, numbingly slow neo-noir thriller about a low-life hit man forcibly given gender reassignment surgery by a vengeful doctor. – Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, Apr 6, 2017

Rotten: "The Assignment" is an embarrassment all around, a murky, regrettable piece of gutter cinema. Next year's Razzie Awards race starts here. – Adam Graham, Detroit News, Apr 7, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Sin City Format + Popular NOW Topic

First of all, I think the critics are a little too harsh in their ratings of this drama.

It's a narrative based on the hypothesis that if a person's physical gender was [involuntarily] surgically altered, could/would the person then be able to change their emotional state to match their new gender.

Sigourney Weaver creeps us out as this Dr. Frankenstein who experiments with the hypothesis of involuntary sex change. Michelle Rodriguez gives us a convincing performance of a man trapped in a woman's body.

The format seemed [to me to be] similar to the Sin City cartoon/violent/bizarro format.

Overall, the movie is interesting and well casted. But it's not my cup of tea.

Should've went straight to Lifetime

It's a grimy shoot 'em up, predictable movie not worth the $10 rent price. The movie was cast well, but directed terribly with cinematography and musical score out of sync with the narratives. This was Michelle Rodriguez's shot at stepping outside of the F&F and Resident Evil roles and doing something deep and provocative; although being lesbian isn't exactly what I's consider stepping outside of her comfort zone. Instead, her acting was sabotaged with a bad make-up job and awkward 'man' body--must've spent the obviously small budget on the cast.

The assignment

I thought it was a great movie, specially at the end when weaver took her hands out of the water. Ha

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