Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA/United Kingdom/France/Germany/Japan, 1997. Universal Pictures, Mutual Film Company, , Tele München Fernseh Produktionsgesellschaft, UGC PH, British Broadcasting Corporation, Marubeni, Toho-Towa, Mel’s Cite du Cinema. Screen story and Screenplay by Chuck Pfarrer, based on the screenplay by Kenneth Ross. Cinematography by Karl Walter Lindenlaub. Produced by Michael Caton-Jones, Sean Daniel, James Jacks, Kevin Jarre. Music by Carter Burwell. Production Design by Michael White. Costume Design by Albert Wolsky. Film Editing by Jim Clark.
Remake of Fred Zinnemann’s Day of the Jackal tries to update the original story’s political climate to today but ends up being a routine thriller with nothing original to offer. Bruce Willis is the mysterious chameleon assassin who seems to be able to avoid any authorities around the world with his many disguises, and Richard Gere is an Irish prisoner who is recruited by the FBI to help catch him. Despite its many attractions (it features a rare performance by Sidney Poitier and a supporting role by Diane Venora), there’s nothing that will catch you by surprise here, even the flaccid ending that threatens to let a woman save the world until the last moment.