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The Assignment (2016)

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After waking up and discovering that he has undergone gender reassignment surgery, an assassin seeks to find the doctor responsible.

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Walter Hill

Writers:

Walter Hill (screenplay), Denis Hamill (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Rodriguez ... Frank Kitchen
Tony Shalhoub ... Dr. Ralph Galen
Anthony LaPaglia ... Honest John
Caitlin Gerard ... Johnnie
Ken Kirzinger ... Nurse Becker
Darryl Quon ... Jin Tao
Brent Langdon Brent Langdon ... Dr. Turley
Sigourney Weaver ... Doctor Rachel Jane
Caroline Chan ... Ting Li
Adrian Hough ... Sebastian Jane
John Callander John Callander ... Hotel Manager
Bill Croft ... Earl Hawkins
Terry Chen ... Doctor Lin
Zak Santiago ... Lawyer
Ellie Harvie ... Office Nurse
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Storyline

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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One job changed it all. See more »

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Rated R for graphic nudity, violence, sexuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Assignment See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$388,789
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Production Co:

SBS Films See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Frank Kitchen: I killed a lot of guys. They were worthless pieces of shit, 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 get even.
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Interesting ideas but the result is nothing great
7 October 2018 | by destroyerwodSee all my reviews

The idea of this movie is excellent. I think this is one of the worst thing that could happen to a man. It change from the usual revenge flick style you see in movies. The problem is they picked the wrong actress to play the part. Nothing against Michelle Rodriguez or her acting, the problem comes from the fact that she is a very petite and feminine woman.

Before the surgery happen she looks like Michelle Rodriguez with a prostetic beard. They do try to "man her up" with a rather convincing CGI male look (hair and genitals) but this last 30 seconds and its not enough to make you think of her as a man.

They should had pick somebody with a tall muscular body, somebody like Gwendoline Christie who has a body that would be believable for a male hitman. I think she would had still look feminine enough for the woman part later on.

That being said, if the movie was super good i could had let it pass but the rest was nothing to brag about. More like a drama with a few action scenes. Maybe it was because i was expecting an action movie but i tough the movie was a bit dull as a whole.

I enjoyed Sigourney Weaver's performance tough.

In the end its not great, its a bit boring, but its not "bad" either, thus why my rating.


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