Russian mobster Terek Murad has declared open season on the Russian militia and the FBI over the shooting of his brother in a Moscow nightclub. He hires the Jackal (Bruce Willis) a nasty assassin whom nobody has even seen to kill the Director of the FBI. with nowhere else to turn (except a woman who used to work with the Basque separatists who is now in the USA but whose exact whereabouts in unknown to all save Mulqueen) FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston (Sidney Poitier) and Major Valentina Koslova of the Russian milita enlist the reluctant services of Declan Mulqueen (Richard Gere) an imprisoned IRA sniper to track the Jackal down for Declan is the only other person who can positively identify the Jackal. Actors: Gere Richard - Poitier Sidney - Willis Bruce. Director: Caton-jones Michael. Format: DVD. Format Size: Widescreen. Runtime: 125 Mins. Language: English. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 1. Rating: R. Genre: Action. Sub genre: Thriller. Release Year: 1997.
The best way to enjoy this 1997 thriller is to forget the much better film that inspired it (1973's The Day of the Jackal
) and get whatever kicks you can from this heavy-metal remake. It's not bad as hokey thrillers go, but all of the original film's suspenseful finesse has been traded in (not traded up) for bigger, bolder action and nonsensical plotting. It's as if Hollywood had forgotten to create excitement without resorting to overblown action and heavy hardware, but there's ample compensation in the casting of Bruce Willis and Richard Gere. Willis is the elusive assassin known only as the Jackal, whose latest target (he uses a cannon-sized gun that's anything but inconspicuous) may be the first lady of the United States. Gere plays a former IRA terrorist who is recruited by the deputy head of the FBI (Sidney Poitier) to trace the Jackal's maneuvers, and Diane Venora offers some gutsy support as a Russian-born agent who assists Gere on his mission. The movie has fun turning Willis into a master of disguise, and Gere adds much-needed gravity to counter the plot's escalating absurdity, but this is the kind of film that falls apart if you think about it too much. --Jeff Shannon
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