The Jackal (1997)

MICHAEL CATON-JONES

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 , based on the screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Michael Caton-Jones, , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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. is the mysterious chameleon assassin who seems to be able to avoid any authorities around the world with his many disguises, and  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 ), 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.

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