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The Assignment (2016)

Following an ace assassin who is double crossed by gangsters and falls into the hands of rogue surgeon known as The Doctor who turns him into a woman. The hitman now a hitwoman sets out for... See full summary »



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Following an ace assassin who is double crossed by gangsters and falls into the hands of rogue surgeon known as The Doctor who turns him into a woman. The hitman now a hitwoman sets out for revenge, aided by a nurse named Johnnie who also has secrets. Written by bartholomewmatthew

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Rated R for graphic nudity, violence, sexuality, language and drug use



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26 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinions of the plot based on what is presented in the trailer. I am reviewing the movie's concept and overtly transphobic themes, not the movie itself.

Not many things prompt me to actually speak up but this takes the cake.

Damn if I knew it was as simple to transition as getting on the mob's bad side then I wouldn't have spent 14 years dealing with severe depression and an overwhelming sense of helplessness as testosterone wreaked havoc on my body. I would've spent my time more productively training to become a hit-man knowing that someday a mob doctor would perform witchcraft and turn me into a cis-woman. Hell the $20000+ over the course of 4 years of transitioning would've been way better spent on weaponry and physical training.

Where can I find this doctor and can they please hurry up and share their medical talents with the rest of the world? The amount of trauma a person would have to go through to get bottom surgery, top surgery, facial surgery, voice surgery, and also a complete reset of their endocrine system to flush out, adapt to, and produce the right hormones over the course of one operation must have been mind boggling. Especially the hormone thing considering that's not possible. Hormone replacement takes years and has to continue after surgery indefinitely or the individual essentially begins to experience the symptoms of menopause. Not to mention removing facial hair permanently takes up to a year of regular treatments. The fact that that individual then spirals, I'm assuming immediately, into revenge is amazing. I'm a month into recovering from bottom surgery and I can barely go up and down stairs, let alone reap vengeance upon an entire criminal organization.

So I am to suspend my disbelief and say that the mob spent $30k-90k on this person's complete and total, seemingly magical, "surgical" feminization? Why painstakingly go through the complicated and expensive process of making him into an attractive woman, taking care to ensure that he retains all of his physical prowess and skill?

It's completely absurd and makes an incredibly transphobic spectacle of the life-saving surgeries that real people struggle and fight to obtain.

In all seriousness though I understand that you're supposed to suspend your sense of disbelief when watching a movie and that it's all in good fun and just meant to entertain people, blah blah blah. But this movie* is taking my struggles and life experiences (and the struggles and life experiences of an entire group of people) and reducing it to a cheap and humiliating plot device. Seriously what the hell. I don't expect much from Hollywood but I expect better than this.

*when I say movie I do actually mean "piece of transphobic garbage"

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