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The Jackal [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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The Jackal (Bruce Willis) is an assassin with a thousand faces, and his latest prey is a top US government official. In an attempt to prevent the killing, the FBI's Deputy Director (Sidney Poitier) sets a thief to catch a thief, releasing imprisoned underground operative Declan Mulqueen (Richard Gere) to bring the Jackal to book.
The Jackal is filmmaking by numbers: take two huge stars, Richard Gere and Bruce Willis, and pit them opposite each other in a plot that's already been audience tested. That director Michael Caton Jones' film is based not on Frederick Forsyth's novel but on the script for the 1973 original starring James Fox is the first clue that something here is amiss. Fred Zinneman's The Day of the Jackal was a genuinely taut and claustrophobic thriller; the remake is like a Rocky & Bullwinkle take on international terrorism disguised as an action movie. Dashing IRA terrorist, Declan Mulqueen (Richard Gere), is sprung from jail to help the FBI Deputy Director Carton Preston (Sidney Poitier) track down The Jackal, an amoral international terrorist who is a master of disguise. The FBI believes he is about to assassinate a US political bigwig and is engaged in a race against time to discover exactly who the target is and where they will be felled. Throughout the film Gere sports an Irish accent as ill-fitting and phoney as the bushy lip-wig that Willis adopts at one point as a disguise. The usually warm-hearted Willis plays the steel-jawed terrorist with a cool reserve, but he doesn't have much character development to work with (apart from a misguided attempt to introduce a gay subtext). At over two hours of running time with plenty of exposition and precious few action sequences, this film is a test of will for the audience as well as the protagonists.
On the DVD: The DVD includes a lengthy "making of" featurette, several deleted scenes and an alternate ending with some small dialogue changes. There is also an exceedingly dry director's commentary by Michael Caton Jones which muses on such mind-numbingly dull details as the colour of the subway platform in the film's climactic sequence. The film is presented in a clear print in 2.35:1 anamorphic format with 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. --Chris Campion --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I know and love the original 'Day of the Jackal'. Nothing can compete with or imitate that. However this is an enjoyable thrilleer on its own merits.
I'm not a 'nitpicker'. If I enjoy it I enjoy it despite errors, mistakes goofs etc. I don't notice these or look for them. I'm not intent ion writing a post-mortem on every film I watch with forensic accuracy. I feel sorry for those who feel the need to do this.
I enjoyed Richard Gere. I've heard a lot worse Irish accents. I think some people just have it in for him. I enjoyed his portrayal of an ex-IRA terrorist. But then I like him from Officer and a Gentleman and Pretty Woman.
Bruce Willis; my only criticism. Not the best choice for an assasin. They should have got someone with more natural hidden reserve and menace. Bruce Willis always looks like he's about to smile and wise-crack. He's a 'nice guy', not assassin material. He just can't look mean enough or 'ice-blood in his veins'.
As for everything else it was a decent effort. So 4 stars. And I came away smiling...
We have a professional hit-man hired to assassinate someone ... and that's about as far as the similarities go. Different country, different target, different methods, different reason, different expert helper, different ending. You may as well claim that "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" was a remake of Ben Hur because it contained a high-tech "chariot" race!
So, let's not make comparisons!
It would appear that someone decided that the only way to make this film exciting was to find the biggest, baddest gun available, and build the rest of the script around that. Bad move, as everything then became unbelievably contrived. The HUGE cannon is shipped to Canada rather than The States where it's going to be used (why?) and then has to be taken across The Great Lakes in a boat which is "hidden" in a scheduled regatta. The goodies figure this out, but ...
(a) fail to spot the one person sailing single-handedly (bit of a clue there boys! You know ... the LONE assassin! What were you actually looking for ... a boat with a lumping great gun strapped to the deck and a bloke wearing an "I am The Jackal" tee-shirt?)
(b) only looked at boats registered in Canada ... as surely the baddie wouldn't change the name on the boat! (Hello! Anyone in there???)
(c) took so long to get to the regatta themselves that The Jackal had already unloaded his HUGE cannon, carried it all the way down a narrow pontoon, and loaded it into his mini van ...Read more ›
It is a good thriller with some pretty fair performances from Willis, Gere and Poitier, amongst others.
For some reason this film has been subject to a lot of unfair criticism.
It is not GREAT!! But it is good. Willis is a cool, evil and relentless assassin with Gere, the errant but strangely appealing terrorist anticipating his every move, supported by slightly flawed FBI agent - Poitier.
I could not give it five stars but 3.5/4 is not unreasonable.
I repeat - it is NOT "Day Of The Jackal" which is a darn good film!!
known as 'The Jackal' (Bruce Willis) to exact his revenge.
The F.B.I uncover a plot to kill a high-profile target, to combat the threat deputy Director 'Carter Preston' (Sidney Poitier) and
Russian Intelligence Officer 'Major Valentina Koslova' (Diane Venora) enlist the help of Irish Terrorist 'Declan Mulqueen' (Richard
Gere) to track down and prevent the Jackal from carrying out his mission.
First he'll have to find him........how do you find a shadow ?
This is a very well portrayed Drama which is often tense, sometimes exciting..........there are several familiar faces among the cast-list.
Quite a while since last watching this one, quality is always worth re-visiting in my view.
* The Making Of The Jackal
* Feature Commentary with Director - Michael Caton-Jones
With a different direction (and possibly director) this could have been a really gritty and explosive action thriller.
All that aside Willis gives a great performance as a menacing villain so it's worth it for that.
The characterisation was too formulaic. Richard Gere was playing an Irish terrorist. A man who had seen active service with one of the most sophisticated and ruthless terrorist organisations ever seen. Yet, his character is portrayed as a light hearted folk hero.
At the same time, Bruce Willis, the Jackal is the most feared and skillful assassin on the planet and yet he cannot stick to his job. He has to go out of his way to bait the cops and leave clues as to his intentions. If Gere's Declan Mulqueen is unlikely, Willis' Jackal is simply impossible. OK, derranged psychopaths may taunt their police pusuers but the worlds smartest assassin? I think not.
I thought that some of the violence in the film was not necessary for the plot. I always feel it's a shame if a director feels the need to try to extend the appeal of a film in this way.
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Good film, not the best and Bruce good, Richard Irish accent not so good.Published 2 months ago by Denise Honeyball
I like the Irish Vs Soviet quality to the film and the music. I like the Story as it is based on a true incident that took place.Published 3 months ago by Dr_Sepherpth
Interesting story but the film wasn't as exciting as it could have been.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I ordered this before Christmas for my partner but when we came to watch it this past weekend it contained the wrong disc. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lo Archer
A remake of a great film, that sits happily beside the original. It deserves 6 stars for that alone.Published 6 months ago by Mrs. J. Dale