There Can Be Only One – The Podcast 68: “The Assignment”

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TCBOO-Podcast-logoTwo movies titled The Assignment enter, only one will leave (with that title) as Herman “OmegaPrime” Davis, Vaughan Veillon, and Robert Rau watch Michelle Rodriguez pretend to be a man pretending to be a woman — and Donald Sutherland’s obsession with turning people into Carlos the Jackal — to see which should be called The Assignment.

Director Walter Hill will always hold a special place in our hearts for making some of the finest movies in the ’70s and ’80s. The problem is he’s still trying to capture this magic in his recent films, including this one where Michelle Rodriguez is a hitman who gets a revenge sex change by Sigourney Weaver and is forced to live life as a woman. The action is stale, the dialogue painful, and the title is completely underselling this ludicrous plot device.

The second of these movies was released around the same time as the Bruce Willis-helmed The Jackal, forcing this bland name change. Donald Sutherland is a guy intent on catching the notorious terrorist Carlos the Jackal, including dressing another guy up with a passing resemblance and forcing him through Carlos the Jackal fantasy camp. While the film is a bit long and completely silly, its title also is very vague when describing the bizarre things you’re about to watch.

Do either of these films have enough to keep their title, or will they face the wrath of our discerning panel? Listen if you dare.

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Show credits:

    • Director/Producer: Robert Rau
    • Executive Producer: Jeremy White

About Robert Rau

Considered a poor man's Pat Sajak, Robert is a mild mannered state employee by day, entertainer by night.

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