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Premiering back in September at the Toronto Film Festival, Walter Hill‘s The Assignment (formerly known as (Re)Assignment) came not necessarily as a galvanizing work from an old action master, but a charming, off-beat genre exercise as well as show-off for older thespians (chiefly Sigourney Weaver and Tony Shaloub). With the film now in theaters and on VOD, we were able to talk to Hill about the freedom and fun he had in making his first real low-budget film.
The Film Stage: How have action films changed since you returned to directing with Bullet to the Head?
Walter Hill: I think the changes were well in the works before I did Bullet to the Head. Obviously the superhero comic-book film has taken over. They’re now what’s referred to as action films, but I think they’re very different from the kind of movies we used to »
- Ethan Vestby
Saban Films and Lionsgate have released the first trailer for The Assignment, which puts a unique twist on the assassin thriller genre. Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez lead a diverse and impressive cast in this thriller, which also includes Tony Shalhoub, Anthony Lapaglia and Caitlin Gerard. If that wasn't enough, we also have the first poster for The Assignment, which you can check out below the trailer.
Legendary director Walter Hill (The Warriors) gives the revenge film a modern neo-noir twist with this electrifying thriller. Hitman Frank Kitchen (Michelle Rodriguez) is given a lethal assignment, but after being double-crossed, he discovers he's not the man he thought he was, he's been surgically altered and now has the body of a woman. Seeking vengeance, Frank heads for a showdown with the person (Sigourney Weaver) who transformed him, a brilliant surgeon with a chilling agenda of her own. The hitman, now a hitwoman, »
Is it problematic or concerning that a film’s catalytic event is someone outraged over their forced gender reassignment surgery? You decide, as the new trailer for the Michelle Rodriguez-led The Assignment posits that exact question. After a hitman is double-crossed, he is captured by an enigmatic figure known as The Doctor (Sigourney Weaver) and turned into a… woman. Now, obviously, the only course of action is revenge — bloody, violent revenge.
While The Warriors is a cult classic, director Walter Hill has made some rather questionable films in the 40-odd years since, including his most recent effort, Bullet To The Head (a title I love, despite it bearing the content of one I don’t). Whether The Assignment will offer the gleeful iconography of Hill’s glory days, or fall into the $5 dollar bin next month is yet to be seen by this viewer. However, in our review from Tiff we said, »
- Mike Mazzanti
Walter Hill is a long ways away from his heyday. Though he’s been responsible for bringing us some truly enjoyable films like The Warriors and 48 Hrs., not to mention holding producing credits on the Alien franchise, he hasn’t been terribly active in recent years. His last outing behind the camera was the decent Sylvester Stallone-led actioner Bullet to the Head. That was back in 2012, but now he’s returned with a new movie titled The Assignment, and today we’ve got the first trailer for it.
Premiering back at the Toronto International Film Festival, Hill’s latest has come under some fire in recent months thanks to its subject material and the way it tastelessly handles it. Early reviews have called it trashy and indelicate, and from the footage presented here, we can see where the critics are coming from. Our own Matt Donato didn’t care »
- Josh Wilding
4 items from 2017
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