Michelle Rodriguez is Out for Revenge in New Trailer for Walter Hill’s ‘The Assignment’

Written by on February 24, 2017 

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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, it’s “ultimately canny in genre-play and unique in its time, factors that don’t necessarily make it great, but, beyond old-man-auteurism apologia, still hold somewhat of a flame in the modern age.”

See the new trailer and poster below.

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.

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The Assignment hits theaters on April 7.


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