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The Assignment [DVD] (1997)
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American naval officer Annibal Ramirez (Aidan Quinn) bears an uncanny resemblance to the infamous terrorist Carlos 'The Jackal'. CIA spy Jack Shaw (Donald Sutherland) and his Israeli counterpart Amos (Ben Kingsley) hatch a plan to lure Carlos into a trap, using his doppelganger as bait. However, Annibal must first adopt The Jackal's ruthless disposition, a transformation that risks robbing him of his humanity.
The intense thriller The Assignment is a work of fiction with a factual basis. Aidan Quinn stars as Annibal Ramirez, an American naval officer with a striking resemblance to real-life international terrorist Carlos "the Jackal" Sanchez, the scourge of innocent people all over the world in the 1970s and 80s. Mistaken for Sanchez by the Israeli Mossad, Ramirez is arrested but subsequently recruited by the Mossad and the CIA to pose as Sanchez and set him up as a traitor to his underwriters. Ramirez leaves his family, receives training in all aspects of Sanchez's life, and is pulled into the netherworld of terrorism and espionage. Director Christian Duguay (Screamers) wisely emphasises character growth over obligatory action, drawing compelling portraits of an American intelligence official (Donald Sutherland) preoccupied with Sanchez; his Israeli counterpart (Ben Kingsley) and Ramirez himself, a man whose identity has merged with a monster's. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is an extremely well put together and well written thriller. It is based around the recruitment of a lookalike for Carlos the Jackal, and the attempt to use him to kill the original terrorist. There are high production values, consistently believable acting, and although the plots is at times far fetched, it remains engaging, believable and convincing.
In common with the best thrillers there is as much psychology as there is acting, it never becomes over anguished, but these feel like people making real choices, that will have real and costly impacts for them.
There are some memorable action sequences, although at times brutal, it is a grown up and satisfying film. In the context of a quality film I don't think the violence and language are inappropriate. Classed as an 18, there is some sex and sexual references that are unsuitable for children.
This is one of those films that feels long, not because it is dull, but because it takes you on a real journey with characters that you care about.
Anyway because this poor sod looks so much like this terrorist (mainly because its the same actor playing him), the CIA take it upon themselves to use him to trap the terrorist they have been trying to get for about 20 odd years... (which kind of makes you understand why no one seems to have anything good to say about the CIA - never seen a film putting them in a positive light!)..
Anyway, this navy lad has his own young family and is a little wierded out by having to leave them in the dark while he goes undercover....the CIA takes him in the middle of nowhere to train him - sticking him in prison, feeding him gruel and basically taking pot shots at him, not only with guns but also giving him hallucinogenic drugs to test him out. They even get the real terrorist's sometime girlfriend to help out by getting him to do the deed in the persona of the real terrorist - which takes a nice gentle young man into a bit of a sod really...- something that doesn't go amiss with his wife when he returns home..
I could give the ending away...but then what would be the point of you buying the film...and it is a really good film to buy - starring that handsome young man...Aiden Quinn...(from Desperately Seeking Susan), and Donald Sutherland as the CIA chappie...from well practically everything...Read more ›
All actors, excellent.