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The Assignment Blu-ray Review

The Assignment

“The Assignment” gets a failing grade.

After her brother was killed by a hitman (Frank), the deranged Dr. Kay seeks revenge against him by abducting him and forcing a sex change operation on him. Upon waking up from the surgery, Frank discovers he has become a woman and is looking to get revenge against those responsible for this crime.

From the description above, “The Assignment” sounds like quite a movie, right? Not only is the plot different from the norm, but the film is also being helmed by veteran action director Walter Hill of “The Warriors” fame. Additionally, the movie boasts quite a few big names here with Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shaloub, and Anthony LaPaglia. Unfortunately, all of that intrigue and talent goes to waste.

What could have been a weird and unique cult movie about gender and revenge turns into a meandering action thriller/wannabe noir that really does nothing with the concepts it proposes. From the start, it’s clear as day as to why this bypassed a major theatrical release as the movie is stuffed with blaring music that comes out of nowhere, weird time jumps, dopey dramatics, clumsy editing, the worst makeup in cinematic history, out of place comic book style frames (Walter Hill is obsessed with this it seems), and dialogue so bad that you have to wonder how it made it to screen.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? This is not the most visually interesting film, but the gritty and dark style looks solid in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The track does what it needs to do.

Extras:
* DVD copy and Digital copy.
* Lionsgate trailers.
* “Filmmaking Portraits: The Assignment”- A still photo gallery with audio film clips.

Overall Thoughts: Talent aside (which is obviously where the budget went), “The Assignment” isn’t worth your time.

“The Assignment” will be available on Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD June 6, 2017

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May 25, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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