Thursday, 3 November 2016

Forced Sexchange Film Reassignment (aka Tomboy) New Exploitation Film With Michelle Rodriguez

Forced Sexchange Film (Re)Assignment (Tomboy) First Look & Thoughts

(Re) Assignment 2016, the new film by Walter Hill with Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver will be getting its release very soon. What's it about? It's a Forced Feminisation fantasy movie which has a forced Gender Reassignment (a sexchange) followed by revenge as part of the plot line.

Reassignment aka Tomboy Film Poster
Forced Sexchange & Revenge
Highly Offensive
This film has generated quite a bit of interest for all of the wrong reasons, even before a film trailer has been released. All of the marketing of this film has been at the hands of Trans Activists who have not seen the movie and are offended by the 'forced sexchange and revenge' plot line. It does remain to be seen if they are justified in being offended we will just have to wait and see.

It is worth pointing out that in 2011 Pedro Almodovar directed his own Forced Sexchange tour de force The Skin I Live In. This film had a mad surgeon played by Antonio Banderas, forcing SRS upon a young chap whom he had kidnapped. For some reason this film did not seem to offend anyone, I can only presume it was because the film had English subtitles and was not really a mainstream release. Some effort had to be made to see the film. Personally I found the film highly creative and very stylish.

 Forced Sexchange as Exploitation?

So why is (Re)Assignment considered an exploitation film?   Is it exploiting transgender people, even though there are no transgendered characters in the movie? It's only the device or gimmick of gender reassignment surgery as part of the story that seems to be causing the offence. If the story had another life saving surgery gimmick would it offend people who had/due to have that alternative life saving surgery?

First we have to understand what exactly an exploitation film is.

Forced Sexchange & Revenge
Not Offensive
Wikipedia states:
An exploitation film is a film which attempts to succeed financially by exploiting current trends, niche genres, or lurid content. Exploitation films are generally low-quality "B movies". Even so, they sometimes attract critical attention and cult followings.

The film already has attracted negative reviews from those critics who have already seen it, and it has been classed as a 'B Movie' by many. The story, from what we understand, is very basic and perhaps designed to simply shock. The revenge part also has many parallels with other older Grindhouse type movies from the 70s and 80s. I Spit on Your Grave, Vigilante, Death Wish etc etc.

IMDB has this user comment regarding the plot line:
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.

The Guardian Newspaper reports:
There are many thoughts that run through one’s head while watching a film for the first time. What will happen next? Is the twist that he’s really dead? Why am I so alone? But the most fascinating, and perhaps ultimately frustrating, process begins by asking: what the hell were they thinking?

When films are not just bad but incompetent, incoherent and incomprehensible, you start to wonder whether an actual human being was in charge or if a group of monkeys was given free rein on a soundstage for a month and this is what they produced. Such is the case with [re]Assignment (previously Tomboy), a B-movie in which the b stands for bad.....(see more)

I will not be persuaded by the Guardian review. The review they gave was pretty much the expected 'political correct' review they would give considering the films controversy. I personally enjoy low budget exploitation movies and review them myself in a completely different manner to a big budget mainstream project. The expectations are totally different.

The photo below is supposed to be a still from the film. It has been suggested that this photo shows 'her' escape after having the Gender Reassignment surgery.

At the moment I am reserving judgement on this film until I have seen it, at this stage I really don't think the film makers have set out to offend the transgender community. However once I have seen the film I may feel differently. Time will tell.

Here we have a video of Michelle Rodriguez telling us what it's like to 'have cock and balls', whilst working on the film.

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