The Jackal

Question: Why did the Jackal tell Koslova how she is going to die?

Chosen answer: He's sadistic, and it's a way to torment her during her final moments.

raywest

Question: What is the title and author of the music played at Isabella's house on the stereo?

Chosen answer: It's called "Red Tape" by Agent Provocateur.

Question: Why does Major Koslova seem relaxed after the jackal presses her hand in the wound?

Chosen answer: By putting pressure on the wound, blood flow was decreased and it can give some pain relief. It also increases her chance of survival, till someone can get to her.

Question: Did The Jackal let Koslova die slowly in punishment for trying to kill him at the pier?

Chosen answer: He wants her to pass a taunting message to Devlin. So much so, that he even helps her to slow the bleeding down before she dies too soon.

Question: Why is Bruce Willis mad when the gun rig was off by 3 mm when Devlin later says that the rig is actually meant to be off by 100 bullets until one hits the target?

johnsonson

Chosen answer: He's upset that the sights are off because he needs it to be as accurate as possible. Richard Gere was not referring to the accuracy of the gun, he was referring to the firing rate. "It could send off 100 bullets before the first one hits the target." They'd all be on target, it just fires that quickly.

Question: The Jackal shot Koslova just one time. Why do we see two bullet wounds on her shirt?

Chosen answer: It's not known if it's a bullet wound or just blood that somehow was transferred to that part of her shirt. She was bleeding heavily and moving around quite a bit when she is first shot.

raywest

Question: Why has Koslova got two bullet wounds on her abdomen? The Jackal only shot her once.

Chosen answer: There are two blood spots close together on the front of her shirt, but it's not known if it was from two separate wounds or one. When she was shot, she was rolling and moving around on the floor and her shirt could have gotten twisted in such a way that blood was transferred to the other side.

raywest

Question: Why did the Jackal shoot only one bullet through the sofa?

Chosen answer: The Jackal is a precise killer, as seen when he takes his sweet time lining up his shot on The First Lady near the end of the film. He only needed one shot for Koslova.

Question: Why didn't Koslova try to fight while the Jackal is talking to her?

Chosen answer: Because she's dying, in shock, losing blood, and in pain.

raywest

Question: When The Jackal said to Koslova that she has been hit in the liver he said that her blood was almost black. Why is her blood black coloured?

Chosen answer: Because the blood was coming from her liver, meaning it was punctured by the bullet, allowing bile and other fluids to mix with the blood.

rswarrior

Question: When The Jackal ambushes Whiterspoon and Koslova, why he doesn't kill her first?

Chosen answer: He seems intent on making her death slow and painful. He could not do that with the other agents still alive.

raywest

Question: Did The Jackal enjoy Koslova's moans of pain?

Chosen answer: Probably. He is sadistic and seems to enjoy watching her suffer.

raywest

Question: Why does Major Koslova's hair look longer after she is shot by The Jackal?

Chosen answer: Either this is just an illusion or it is possible that parts of this scene were shot at different intervals, allowing time for her hair to grow somewhat.

raywest

Question: Why does The Jackal looks sorry when he's telling Koslova that she will die in 20 minutes?

Chosen answer: There's no way of knowing if he was sorry or not. He obviously is treating her differently than he does his other victims. It seems it has something to do with her being a woman, though just why he acts this way is never known.

raywest

Question: Why didn't Koslova look behind the sofa when entering the living room? And why did she shoot like a crazy person?

Chosen answer: Basically she was somewhat sloppy. She was caught off guard by the unexpected turn of events.

raywest

Question: Why did The Jackal draw a heart on Koslova's cheek after shooting her?

Chosen answer: It seems to be his way of noting her gender, and also belittling her. He may consider shooting a woman less significant than killing a man.

raywest

Question: Why did Major Koslova smile after telling The Jackal to remember her?

Chosen answer: For one, she refuses to show fear or any other emotion that makes her look weak in the face of death. Also, she knows Mulqueen will be more determined to kill him, and she wants the Jackal to be thinking about that.

raywest

Question: Why did The Jackal dive his finger into Koslova's wound after shooting her?

Chosen answer: To see how far the bullet penetrated.

raywest

Question: Why does Major Koslova always wear a shirt and a jacket throughout the movie?

Chosen answer: She is a Russian agent and wears clothes that are professional, gender-neutral, and also functional while she's on a dangerous assignment. She may also not have brought many clothes with her, and she is not trying to impress anyone--she is only focused on having a serious job to do.

raywest

Question: After Major Koslova is shot by The Jackal, we see her clothes full of blood. How can she have lost so much blood in few seconds?

Chosen answer: A variety of reasons: the type of bullet he used could have caused severe internal damage. He might also have hit an artery, causing more bleeding.

raywest

Question: Why did The Jackal put a pillow under Major Koslova's head after shooting her?

Chosen answer: I believe it's to keep her head elevated, to keep the pain and swelling down.

Cubs Fan

Question: Why didn't Jackal execute Koslova after shooting her through the sofa ?

Chosen answer: He needs her alive to deliver his message to Mulqueen about how he can't protect the women in his life. Executing her wouldn't achieve anything.

Cubs Fan

Question: Why did the Jackal pick up Douglas at the gay bar? How did that fit into his plan?

Chosen answer: A couple of reasons. Douglas was a presidential aide, and could be giving Jackal information about the president and family's movements, even without meaning to. Secondly, he needed to be near DC to carry out the assassination attempt, and since the FBI et al were looking for him since they knew he had entered the States, having a place to live without having to go to a hotel where it is likely the staff would have been notified to be on the lookout for him gave him some anonymity.

Question: What did the Jackal put on the rear handle of his van that caused such a severe and swift reaction on contact?

Chosen answer: It's a shellfish poison that goes straight into the bloodstream and attacks the respiratory system (as stated on the director's commentary).

Jason Riley

Question: What was the name of the large weapon that Bruce Willis's character purchased to assassinate the first lady.

Chosen answer: It's a Polish produced version of a Russian GSh series 23 or 30mm cannon.

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Declan Mulqueen: This man is no clown. He knows all your moves, back to front. Right now you've got a name; that's all you've got. The Jackal has got a target: you. He's got a timetable. And as to making mistakes, he's spent twenty years in a trade that doesn't forgive error. And he's prevailed. You think he's the one up against it? It's the other way around.

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When the Jackal shoots Lamont, only the lower arm is shot off. Then we cut to the Jackal, who says 'I told you it was off', and when we cut back to Lamont, the arm is cut way up at the shoulder.

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The scene in which the Jackal kills Douglas was re-shot at Bruce Willis' request. He wanted to show that Douglas was killed because he knew too much about the Jackal's identity, instead of simply because he was gay.

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