Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
If The Assignment was released in the ’70s, its ridiculous, politically incorrect premise would have ensured it a cult following for years to come. But this is 2017, so a thriller about a hitman forced to undergo gender reassignment surgery by a vengeful physician is (let’s break out the “P” word) problematic. There’s a conversation to be had about this: does the simple passage of time allow us to accept yesterday’s trash as something endearing and quaint? If director Walter Hill, who has been making movies since 1975, directed this 40 years ago, would it inspire an instant cringe?
I’m not going to make any sweeping proclamations until I get around to actually seeing this one, but I can’t help but admire the audacity of its mere existence, even as my brain is on fire with how wrong it all feels.