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If they still made B movies this would be one of the top ten best B movies ever made. Weaver is absolutely fascinating, and she is finally given some disturbingly poetic language for her beautiful voice. Rodriguez was the most adorable psychotic hit-man ever, and she gives a very brave performance here. I read the negative reviews for this movie, and frankly, I don't just think they are wrong; they are deliberately dishonest. The script is well-written and logically consistent. If the characters are negative....well, this is a CRIME THRILLER and the characters should be easy to distinguish from a basket of puppies. If elements of the plot are lurid and unpleasant.....well, this is a CRIME THRILLER and the story should not be set at family game night at the Romney household. I hear they made another Transformers movie. Perhaps you drips should have gone to see that instead.
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2018
Spoiler Alert. Two top shelf actresses, two roles...one played to perfection, a man (even down to the naked display of facial and chest hair and other "male" anatomy), who was medically changed into a woman against his will...and the other who played an intelligent, but cold, emotionally sterile doctor who obviously wished her whole life that she had been born the son instead of her pathetic brother whom she supported and eventually took revenge for. You knew this not only from her short hair and men's suits, vests and ties she always wore, but from the author's she quoted and her stating she was always sympathetic to transgender people. Excellent acting by both. The twist at the end was...nope, you'll just have to watch to find out. Enjoy.
Very cool. I liked Sigourney Weaver much better as an Alien eradicator. As an opponent who battles with psychological wits, she does well enough. . I liked Michelle Rodriguez ass both variations of the assassin much better. In fact I have sort of followed her ever since the first Resident Evil movie.
The best part of this film was Michelle Rodriguez. She was perfect for the role of Frank Kitchen. There's also a lot of good actors in this movie like Tony Shalhoub, Anthony LaPaglia, and of course Sigourney Weaver. Unfortunately the direction and script let everyone down. Some of the dialogue is cringe worthy, but you see the actors especially Weaver doing their best with what they've been given. The film moves back and forwards thru time, they try doing some narration by the main character and then switch to a video journal. It throws a lot of gimmicks like these out there not settling on one, but all it does is show how all over the place the direction is. It wanted to be a neo-noir type of story, but its just a mess with weak writing. Some of the background incidental music sounded like it was from some old tv show from back in the 1970s or 80s, which means it was probably something stock that they had in a studio library.
Not to say that there wasn't possibilities. I think it could have said something decent about being transgender or it could have gone in an opposite direction towards black comedy. It certainly had potential for humor with the wacky characters. Think about it, the surgeon who is a mad scientist type, the not very good weirdo psychologist, the not very nice hitman who maybe has it coming and all the other strange characters. This could have easily been turned into a dark comedy. It needed someone like Robert Rodriguez (Machete, Dusk till Dawn, Desperado, Sin City) at the helm. According to the trivia the script was written in 1978 and just sat in someone's drawer for years. Perhaps it needed updating or at least serious overhaul. All I can say is that about 1/2 way I couldn't wait for it to be over.
This is a suspense thriller. Rodriguez is a hired assassin and Weaver is a doctor specializing in gender transition surgery. This is a movie about constant revenge, and it demonstrates how unhealthy it can be as everyone gets back at everyone. Rodriquez is a guy, and the movie shows you with her being naked with male parts. At one point she was assigned a hit on Weaver's brother. Weaver finds out who did it and tricks Rodriguez to be captured and surgically changes Rodriquez into a woman. Rodriquez is angry and takes revenge on those who captured her and the doctor who changed her. The story is partially narrated by Weaver in an asylum explaining what had happened. Good performance by all actors, but Weaver is very monotone in this movie, which I don't know if that's just the character or if she is just being herself. Always enjoy seeing Weaver perform though.
2.0 out of 5 starsA leopard doesn't change his spots.
Reviewed in Canada on October 16, 2017
I didn't like this movie. A lot of people get killed, one after another. There's no technique or method. It was about as interesting as watching people die by firing squad. The twist in the plot was supposed to be that the contract killer undergoes a sex change operation against his will. So the hit-man becomes a hit-woman. The message here, I guess, is that gender is irrelevant. Because Frankie's behavior, after the operation, doesn't change one iota, towards men, or women. And that was a bit of a disappointment. There were a lot of talented actors, led by Sigourney Weaver. But the story just didn't appeal.