The Assignment (2016)

There aren’t many movies out there like “The Assignment.” It’s at once a gleeful B-movie, a serio-comic assassin action entry, and a second-grade Quentin Tarantino rip-off. Yet, it’s so deeply peculiar and unpredictable that it becomes irresistible. Both Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver are terrific here, in roles that could be disastrous in the hands of lesser actors, while the entire thing moves at a brisk, entertaining pace and unfurls its secrets one at a time, scene by scene. It’s at once both demented and straightforward, making terrific use of Weaver’s natural command of the screen by gradually subverting and negating it, while Rodriguez tackles her challenging role with fury and creates a surprisingly compelling, multi-faceted character. It’s best to experience this one sight unseen, not unlike 2013’s “American Mary” or 2011’s “The Skin I Live In.”

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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