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Critical Distance: THE ASSIGNMENT, Man-Made Women Impeccably made and persuasively acted, The Assignment is a thriller that7;s a throwback to director Walter Hill7;s prime period in the late 70s and 80s. It never throws off the stink of its odious premise, but it7;s so otherwise entertaining that it makes for a discomfiting watch. The outlandish premise, which understandably drew condemnation and scorn when out of context, appears to be that the greatest punishment that a man can receive is to be transformed into a woman. It7;s the kind of idea that two men might cook up while drunk in a bar late at night: 6;Hey, you know what would be worse than death?7; In context, however, the confines of the film7;s story and its characterizations, it becomes apparent 2; eventually 2; that the "punishment" is more a reflection of a certain villain7;s extremely twisted, comic book . Because the entire film reflects the skewed, possibly offensive, perspective, some viewers may be able to swallow objections and accept The Assignment on its own terms. It7;s meant to be provocative and it certainly delivers on that intention. Journalist Denis Hamill wrote the first draft of the […]

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