Following an ace assassin who is double crossed by gangsters and falls into the hands of rogue surgeon known as The Doctor who turns him into a woman. The hitman now a hitwoman sets out for revenge, aided by a nurse named Johnnie who also has secrets. Written by
The main issue I have with this film is that when playing her male counterpart, Michelle Rodriguez never looks like anything much more a woman with a beard. Her gait, physique voice and mannerisms are all very feminine and it is quite difficult to get past these shortcomings and focus on the film... which also, is unfortunately sadly lacking.
She's a strange choice for the role, and given she is so well recognised - as her assets as an attractive sexy woman are pretty well established, her placement here was somewhat surprising. It may be that producers have misjudged the aspects of the strong, no nonsense, female characters she tends to play, as having masculine qualities which are transferable to a male counterpart... to their detriment in my opinion.
The story has Rodriguez recounting the tale from a sort of 'before - after' perspective which really doesn't work, and I get the impression this was deliberately chosen to emphasise the physical changes she undergoes. Perhaps if these said changes had been convincing, this would have been a successful choice, but as it stands it only emphasises the problems with this perspective. Weaver is good as always with a solid convincing performance given what she has to work with, but she is largely wasted here.
I'd recommend the film only as satisfaction to any notions you may have heard about it being controversial, or perhaps to see for yourself if the transformation is anything to write home about.
If your going to see it for how it may represent or identify with the trans-gendered community don't bother. This film has absolutely nothing to do with that... and I mean nothing. This is a simple revenge flick with an odd premise.
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