Poitier is a classy inclusion in the pack but doesn't have much to do but act tough beside Gere. Yes it's another offensively stuffed turkey in the Butch Bruce canon. While we're on the subject of Gere: why? No, he pulls out a gun and starts firing at Mulqueen! You can't really approach this as a remake of the classic 'The Day of The Jackal. I was riveted and appalled. While we're on the subject of Poitier: why? Rich in detail of a time of world-wide revolutionary fervor before itscollapse with the victory of capitalism in 1990 and its replacement bythe specter of Jihad.
The film uses the perspectives of the ultra-professional assassin as he prepares his work and that of the harried but humble French detective as he uncovers the plot. The story is pretty standard fair - a super villain assassin Willis is going to make a big kill using a huge weapon and leaving a trail of bodies along the way. This is a guy that is the absolute best at his trade? In the original film the detective is the tracker. The Jackal is entertaining and the performances are strong. During the arrest, they are forced to kill Ghazzi. Do they call for backup? Mulqueen takes one look at the plans for the device, which had nothing to do with the weapon itself except to mount it and fire it, and immediately deduces the exact cyclic rate of the weapon's automatic fire. While we're on the subject of Gere: why? They run back into the house, where the Jackal, hiding and waiting for them, kills them both.
During the arrest, they are forced to kill Ghazzi. Now let's move to the premise. They learn of only one person alive who they know has had ties to the Jackal: former Basque separatist Isabella Zanconia, whose whereabouts are unknown. The fact that Gere's accent is not only Southern Irish, but an appalling parody of Southern Irish shows that the filmmakers weren't looking much beyond America to make money from this film. After the gruesome murder scene is quickly discovered, Preston and Declan Mulqueen Richard Gere fly up to Canada and locate the hood's shop, where they find the blueprints for the firing station that were so important for the Jackal to destroy, although after he'd killed Black, the Jackal seems to have decided the blueprints weren't worth going back to the shop for. He chooses a huge Gatling gun that fires monstrous depleted uranium bullets at an advertised 1400 rounds a minute although if you time the actual firing later in the film, it isn't even a third of that rate.
Well, okay, maybe I am a bit like that, but fortunately it's a redundant point in this case. Although The Jackal is one of my favorite films, due to the fine acting of all the principal players especially Diane Venora , and good direction of the action scenes, the plot contains an amazing number of outright ludicrous elements that I must protest. Let's not forget that Gere's character is a killer and therefore a nasty piece of work. The plot of this is a bit silly and doesn't have any intelligence or subtlety. In Jackal, Gere is the tracker.
Ireland to Southern Ireland and back again from one scene to the next. What makes this extraordinary achievement, trulyextraordinary is Edgar Ramirez. Regardless, the story-line never reached much beyond the ordinary thriller fare. I had a great time. The fact that Gere's accent is not only Southern Irish, but an appalling parody of Southern Irish shows that the filmmakers weren't looking much beyond America to make money from this film. So what does Poitier do? Nicely done, and great music.
The Jackal is known only by name and reputation but no one in authority knows who he is, what he looks like or if he even really exists. He tells the hood he doesn't want to attract any attention, and demands that he turn over the blueprints for the thing when he is finished. The ending was a bit short, but in my opinion necessary, because I knew what was going to happen, so why delay it. Respect shown to its mighty progenitor? It's Big Gay Bruce and his Big Gay Death Cannon! Great plan, for someone whose success depends on not being discovered. The result is that he is the most closely guarded man in the world. If Hollywood directors want to cast the Belfast butchers as hookers with hearts of gold, that's up to them.
Considering the competence of the good guys and the bad guy, it's surprising anybody won. I was neither very surprised nor disappointed. Honestly, you'd think with no plot, no characters and no dialogue, it would be over in no time. The situation is historically accurate. Simmons is amazing in Oz but is just an agent here.
As a desperate act, they hire The Jackal, the code name for a hired killer who agrees to kill French President De Gaulle for half a million dollars. A compilation ofunbelievable acts of heroic madness. During the arrest, they are forced to kill Ghazzi. I don't think my companion, or anyone else in the theater, appreciated my snickers and occasional belly laugh. If you want to kill a single person the best weapon is a sniper rifle of some kind, like the one used by the Jackal in the original novel. More egregious, however, is the fact that the film manages to patronise and insult the Irish while trying to support them.