The United States is trying to help the New Russia in the war against organized crime in that country. Presently, they are after Terek Murad, a deadly crime boss. When they raid one of his establishments, Murads brother is killed. Murad seeks revenge against the ones who killed his brother, FBI agent Carter Preston and Russian Major Valentina Koslova, but most of all, he wants to send a message to the Americans about interfering in matters that dont concern them, so he hires an international assassin to kill the head of the FBI. When the assassin advises Murad to go into hiding until the job is done, he does. Desperate to know what Murad is doing, Preston allows the Russians to abduct Murads errand boy and torture him to find out, and he utters the word Jackal which Preston recognizes as the name of an international assassin. They have to find him but unfortunatly, there is noone who knows who he is except for one person, whom they have to find and the only person who knows where that person is, is Declan Mulqueen, an IRA man, who is in prison, they offer to reduce his sentence is he helps them but refuses because all he wants is to be freed, so they decide to leave but he tells them that he knows who the Jackal is. So they release him and together they try to find the Jackal before he makes his move which wont be easy because he is very wily.
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This review is from: The Jackal - DTS (DVD) Once I got over gere's ridiculous attempt at an Irish accent, the movie was excellent.Great plot, great acting..even by gere.....all star cast.....nice twists.....great action.....a surprise conclusion not many see coming that makes the movie that much better.Worth 4.5 stars...maybe 5, but I am stingy with my starsIf items can be rated overall with half stars due to the average overall vote, they should allow us to rate with half stars instead of single stars only.....
Took a little longer to receive since it came from Europe. Arrived in excellent shape and was worth the wait.
This review is from: The Jackal (Combo Blu-ray and Standard DVD) (Blu-ray) This movie is OUTSTANDING in blu ray. For anyone who liked the movie, this is a must for the collection!
A mysterious assassin known only as The Jackal (Bruce Willis) is beenhired by the Russian mob boss (David Hayman) for his next target for$70 million. The Jackal is also a master of disguise by changing hisidentity, passports and looks. No one could identify The Jackal expectfor one man, Ex-IRA Sniper Delcan Mulqueen (Richard Gere). Which he'sserving his time in the USA. Now FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston(Oscar-Winner:Sidney Poitier) and an Russian Agent Major ValentinaKoslova (Diane Venora) needs Delcan helps, since he could identify him.Which they need his help before he's successful hitting his nexttarget.Directed by Michael Caton-Jones (Basic Instinct 2, City by the Sea, RobRoy) made an watchable global trotting film that is well made and wellacted by the cast. Gere is effective in the lead but he has problemswith his accent at times. Verona is also very good in the movie.Perphas the problem of "The Jackal", it gets to be a bit silly attimes. Especially when we follow "The Jackal" and his disguises gets tobe a bit much at times. But Willis does an fairly good job as thevillain. This picture was a box office disappointment in theaters butit's the kind of movie that does well on DVD or TV. The locations aregood in the film. There's some familiar faces in supporting roles orbit parts, probably the highlight is Jack Black in an infamous deathsequence. The movie lacks credibility but it's pleasant enough as athriller. It's worth a look. Screenplay by Chuck Pfarrer (Darkman, HardTarget, Red Planet). Based on a earlier screenplay by Kenneth Ross(Black Sunday, The Fourth War, The Odessa File). "The Jackal" isloosely based on the novel titled "The Day of the Jackal" by FrederickForsyth (The Dogs of War, The Fourth Protocal). Panavision. (***Â½/*****).
Bruce Willis' role as an assassin in "The Jackal" will give you goosebumps. A well-made cat and mouse film, you will struggle with who to root for in this film, the evil Bruce Willis or mysterious FBI ally Richard Gere. The movie is very suspenseful and only weakened by Gere's attempt to be a cool con. Overall, a great movie that every Willis fan should see.
Not too good, not too bad, "The Jackal" is one of those average action movies that brings nothing new but it`s a competent and mildly pleasant product nonetheless. The plot is derivative and predictable, the characters are bland, yet director Michael Caton-Jones chooses some decent actors (Bruce Willis, Richard Gere), a neat soundtrack (Massive Attack, Primal Scream, Moby) and some decent action sequences that manage to deliver a minimum level of entertainment value. As far as popcorn movies go, there`s certainly worse, so this is a fair choice to spend a couple of mind-numbing hours. Watchable but forgettable.
Take my advice, see Fred Zinnemann's excellent film version of the FredricForsyth novel about a professional killer and toss this version with Willisin the title role in the trash. It lacks tension and suspense all the waythrough.
The original movie "Day of the Jackal" has nothing to worry about fromthis remake.I'd like to know why the Jackal intentionally gives important cluesthroughout. I'd like to know how Isabella knew where Declan (RichardGere) was in the subway and where she got another gun. I'd like to knowwhy the Jackal kills 3 agents in Isabella's hiding place, and then sheshows up. I'd like to know how Willis got the weapon off the boat andto another location. That's enough loose ends for now.The second half was not as good as the first half, but the whole moviewas surprisingly lacking in tension. It had too many hackneyed lines.It seemed tired. Sidney Poitier seemed tired. Willis was very good. Hisexpressions and facial contortions and impassiveness at times made themovie. Gere's part was just too Hollywoodized. I knew that Diane Venorawould bite the dust. She underplayed admirably.A flabby thriller flabbily directed. Apart from Willis, it had a neatmonster weapon and method of assassination.
**some spoilers**Unlike many others out there, I actually thought that "The Jackal" was aquite good movie. Not a classic, but good.I like Bruce Willis as "The Jackal", but I hate Richard Gere, and he is whatruins this movie for me."The Jackal" is a villain, and as in 99,99% of all action-movies, thevillain must die in the end. This movie could`ve been better if BruceWillis`s character had killed Richard Gere`s character in the end, and thenhave mysteriously disappeared.Sadly, this is not how it happens in this movie. It seems like "TheJackal"(the character, not the movie) is sloppy just because Richard Gere`scharacter can stop him.7/10
This is an OK movie. It has its memorable moments, and the fight scenes are pretty good to a point. But there are also a lot of very boring parts. This movie is pretty good in terms of fights, quotes, and determination, but along with a reasonable amount of boredom, it is not nearly as gruesome as a shoot-em up/beat-em up movie is meant to be. It has blood here and there, some scenes more than others, but there are plenty of R-Rated thrillers that are better not only in terms of blood, violence, and language, but also better period. Overall, this movie is average, and if I had my choice, I MIGHT see my favorite scenes of it again. See this flick only if every other movie sucks or if you can find absolutely nothing to do.
Note: I saw this movie with XFinity On Demand.SPOILER ALERT!!!This film from 1997 is very interesting and boasts an all-star cast led by Bruce Willis (in his first role as a villain) which includes Richard Gere, Academy Award winner Sidney Poitier (Best Actor, Lillies Of The Field, 1963) and Diane Venora. The film's plot is very nicely written. I know that this movie is based on the film The Day Of The Jackal, which I have NOT yet seen, so I can't compare the two. Let me just say that this film stands well. Great acting, especially from Willis, who is ice-cold and calculating as the nameless assassin known only as The Jackal. There's one scene which I think should have been cut entirely from the film: it's a disgusting bit in a club where The Jackal kisses a homo...not once, but TWICE.The Jackal also caresses the homo and the homo looks fondly at The Jackal. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!!! A movie site said that a man kisses another man on the head, which is not what happens in the movie. That bit should NOT have been filmed. I literally had to cover my eyes and nearly gagged during that bit, which seemed to go on forever. That's why I give the film four stars instead of five. Had I known that THAT would happen in the movie, I would have fast-forwarded that disgusting bit. With a warning about that disgusting part, I recommend the movie. Rated R, but were it not for that disgusting and abominable scene, I'd rate the film PG-13.
Loosely based on the classic `The Day of The Jackal' the plot revolvesaround cold war politics and the attempt to assassinate a leadinggovernmentofficial. If you like your guns big then The Jackal does not disappoint,butif you like your films to have someone you can identify with then TheJackalis sadly lacking. Willis usually excels as the likable all-American hero,this time he is asked to be the ruthless assassin. The Jackal has manyaliases, much like Val Kilmer in the Saint they all look like Willis with awig and fake moustache, but he just about gets away with it. By hispursuers, he is described as `cold' in the movie, and throughout themysterious `Jackal' is just that as he despatches various people that standin his path. He is an assassin, he is allowed to be cold, Willis portrayshim as such adequately, but we don't like him so who do we identifywith?The Russian MIV agent is strong and unyielding, but her part isrelatively minor and I am afraid to say that this film was calling out forastrong male hero. You would think that was the purpose of casting RichardGere as his foil Â they have a past, and Gere can offer the FBI informationon how the Jackal operates - but he is a convicted IRA terrorist (with onedodgy accent!) who wants freedom in return for his services, can we reallyidentify with him and hope he succeeds? So what about the FBI Agent playedby Poitier? Honourable and charming yes, he also does not take a centralrole and his principles are willingly compromised in theend.The Jackal gives us little opportunity to involve ourselves with thecharacters, it does not encourage us to care, but even more importantly theplot is contrived with developments just happening as a matter of course.The Jackal moves to a new destination or assumes a new identity, and theFBIjust know it as if he is sending them post cards. The Jackal equally seemsto be able to find out anything he wants at the drop of a hat. Little or noexplanation is offered, the film-makers seems to concerned in making surethat Willis and Gere WILL meet in a show-down no matter what and this isobvious from the start.Predictable, uninvolving and contrived. Laughable really, more a hyenaof a film than a jackal.3 out of 10 (to be generous)
As cop thrillers go, this film is better than average but it carries some heavy flaws. The film was slick and well made, it looked good though lacking art. The acting was as good as you would expect from Gere and Willis and the script was sharp. So what was wrong with this film?The characterisation was too formulaic. Richard Gere was playing an Irish terrorist. A man who had seen active service with one of the most sophisticated and ruthless terrorist organisations ever seen. Yet, his character is portrayed as a light hearted folk hero.At the same time, Bruce Willis, the Jackal is the most feared and skillful assassin on the planet and yet he cannot stick to his job. He has to go out of his way to bait the cops and leave clues as to his intentions. If Gere's Declan Mulqueen is unlikely, Willis' Jackal is simply impossible. OK, derranged psychopaths may taunt their police pusuers but the worlds smartest assassin? I think not.I thought that some of the violence in the film was not necessary for the plot. I always feel it's a shame if a director feels the need to try to extend the appeal of a film in this way.
I do not realy understand the problem people have with this movie. In fact I found it more interesting than the original 'Day of the Jackal' The pace is faster, there is more action and the storie has been less drawn out. Being shorter the Jackal keeps the attention in a way the original failed to do. So it is not Shakespeare, but then again, it does not pretend to be. With the use of good actors; Willis, Gere, Poitier this movie rises above the usual action level. The plot is not anything to shout about, but it is not bad and the characters are well developed, even if Richard Gere's Irish accent tends to slip. A good movie, as long as you don't expect more than entertainment.
The movie was very promising, I enjoyed it a lot to bad that in the end it had to be a Hollywood Ending.****** SPOILER *****If he as a killer would really be that clumpsy as he is in the end he would never have become number 1.
Dont you just HATE it when the good-guy just "knows" everything!? The one star is for the nifty cannon. Dont waste your time.
This review is from: The Jackal [VHS] (VHS Tape) I bought this as a gift for a family member yrs ago.They like Willis, Gere, and this type of thing.They loved it. I watched it later my self and thought is was decent.The acting was alright and the story was pretty good.It's worth the watch and some find it much more entertaining than I did,but it's not a bad flick. It has a few intense and thrilling parts,but it's not a white-knuckler imho.(3*)
One of my most watched DVDs. This movie is ingenious. The mix of sarcastic/subtle humor and action is what keeps drawing me going back every few months to watch it again. Maybe it's the cool soundtrack or the over the top but hilariously timed choreography. The director knew what he was doing. Those that get it will love the movie and watch it again and again. Those that compare it too the original or get their meat torqued over anything they think is implausable or those that consider themsleves too 'sophisticated' are better off staying away. This is a great movie. I like it in a similiar way as I do The Saint with Val Kilmer. It would appear that unless a movie has a 80 pound woman with a large cranium skilled in martial arts or a gay cowboy or a rapper turned actor, it will be looked down upon over an upturned nose.
bruce willis and richard gere plus sidney poitior in the story of an hit-man out to kill someone in the u.s. and we don't know who. russiaian mob men are looking for payback after u.s. and russian police kill one of the mobs boys in russia. they hire the "jackel" a hit-man who no one has ever seen and ask him to do the job. willis is the killer and he looks mean and enjoys killing. gere is an i.r.a. killer in jail who also has seen the "jackel" and poitior is the f.b.i. man that is tracking the hit-man down. logic never gets in the way of the action as this movie pulls out all the stops to tell this story. i makes no sence at all but it is fun if you let it be. willis is ok , gere's accent slips as much as his acting and poitior is his fine acting self and he never lets his age keep him out of the action . not great but fun .
this movie is so cool... it has 4 yes 4 great actors and actress.bruce w. gives one of his best performance ever.the only movie the bruce plays a badguy so far.this movie is better than the old one `the day of the jackal`...its a really good movie. you shoud BUY it NOW. if i liked you probly woud like it too.