The Assignment

The Assignment (1997)

An American naval officer is recruited for an operation to eliminate his lookalike, the infamous terrorist Carlos The Jackal.

Directed by
Christian Duguay


Aidan Quinn, Donald Sutherland, Ben Kingsley, Claudia Ferri, Céline Bonnier, Vlasta Vrana, Liliana Komorowska, Von Flores, Al Waxman, Mitchell David Rothpan, Gregory Hlady, Gabriel Marian Oseciuc, Frédéric Desager, Kliment Denchev, Yonathan Gordon

My Review
I can’t recall if I ever saw this movie before, part of me thinks I have since it is a bit dated now. I guess I can see why I might not have remembered it until now, it is less than memorable.

The idea behind the film is good, base it off a rumored story of what transpired to capture Carlos the Jackal. However, this film really kind of goes all over the place. It spends a lot of time setting up who Carlos the Jackal is and why we should hate him. Then out of nowhere the Naval Officer is captured by mistaken identity and the story finally ensues.

One of the things that bothered me in weird way was the overuse of sex to tell the story. Don’t get me wring, who doesn’t like to see naked women, but it seemed like overkill. Maybe I haven’t taken the time to research Carlos the Jackal, but unless he was a porn star I think the movie went a little overboard on the sex aspect.

Another thing that really bothers me, is when the Naval Officer heads to Libya to impersonate Carlos and meet up with one of Carlos’ exes a shootout ensues and he narrowly escapes. The word gets back tot he real Carlos. Keep in mind 4 French DST agents are killed in the shootout and there are tons of witnesses yet the real Carlos pays no mind to who killed those guys and just focuses on offing the ex.

In the end, this is something you watch on cable late at night when you can’t sleep. Which is probably what I did long ago because as of yesterday i was having flashbacks of seeing the movie long ago and feeling pity for myself having Netflixed it.

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