The Jackal (1997)
An imprisoned IRA sniper is freed to help stop a brutal, seemingly “faceless” assassin from completing his next job.
Stars: Bruce Willis, Richard Gere, Sidney Poitier
What can I say that is positive about this movie? Willis has hair, his disguises were great, and Gere does a decent Irish accent. There you go. Otherwise I found this movie needlessly gory, and the language is unnecessarily crude. The plot has holes like Swiss cheese—with the worst being a scene in the subway with the passing trains. If you have watched this movie, you know the scene; if you haven’t watched this movie it might be fun to pop the dvd in, fast-forward to near the end, find this scene and then enjoy a good laugh. Yes, laugh. That is what I did—I laughed out loud. Had to pause the dvd and rewind. I’m all for suspending rational thought and beliefs for movies, but this was ridiculous.
At the end, the Jackal was made to look like a crazy, foolish man, and the Jackal was never crazy, nor foolish. He was a cold blooded, cold hearted, methodical, purposeful killer; but he never acted like a crazy nut.
The only reason I could follow the plot for this movie was because I’ve watched the original The Day of the Jackal, as well as Patriots Game (both of which I highly recommend). Different authors, different storyline altogether, but The Jackal mixed them together and regurgitated out this mess of a movie. I can understand why Forsyth asked that his name be removed from the credit.
With such a good cast, I had hoped for a decent movie. That wasn’t delivered, so obviously I do NOT recommend this movie.