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The Dark Soul of the Jackal. Film review

Metaphysical Review - The Day of the Jackal (1973)

Film Review: The Day of the Jackal

By Metaphysical Reviewer Jacklyn A. Lo

The Day of the Jackal is a 1973 political thriller film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Edward Fox. The film is based on the 1971 novel of the same name by Frederick Forsyth.

Mature and Dark-Souled

The assassin, code-named “The Jackal” accepted an offer to kill a high-ranked politician.

It is likely that the Jackal possesses a mature and dark soul that is in its final incarnation.

The maturity of his soul is demonstrated through exceptional organizational, planning, and entrepreneurial skills. For instance, he adeptly orchestrates the theft of a passport from someone who resembles him, cleverly assuming the role of the victim.

He is also highly disciplined and capable of working independently in unpredictable situations.


In a constantly changing environment, the Jackal swiftly adapts to avoid obstacles, such as altering the appearance of his car, stealing license plates, etc.

The Jackal is highly focused on achieving his assigned goal. All his actions are dedicated to this defined objective.

Resistance to Temptations

He displays a remarkable resistance to temptations if any exist for him.

For instance, he could easily take upfront payment for a challenging and dangerous project and disappear, but he chooses to continue working on the assignment. He does not succumb to distractions, whether in the form of sexual relationships, leisure, or substance abuse, for example, alcohol, and remains dedicated to his task.

Lack of Interest in Earthly Possessions

All listed qualities indicate that the Jackal is a mature soul who has transcended the allure of worldly possessions.

In other words, he has almost transcended the physical realm.

One might wonder why, despite possessing many high-end qualities, the Jackal is depicted as a spiritual entity moving toward Darkness rather than Light.

Movement towards Darkness

A professional killer cannot adhere to the fundamental values of Light, such as Peace, Human Life, and Compassion. Therefore, the Jackal gravitates towards the opposite direction from the Light, accepting values associated with War, Cruelty, and Ruthlessness, thereby moving further towards Darkness.

In terms of energy quality and quantity, Jackal’s soul is comparable to that of John Doe, one of the main characters in David Fincher‘s film Se7en (1995).


The Day of the Jackal (1973) is a suspenseful thriller that follows the story of an individual with a mature and dark soul. From a spiritual, metaphysical point of view, the Jackal can be seen as a man who made multiple choices toward values of Darkness such as Hatred, Revenge, and Violence.

It is a film that can help us to become more conscious of our own dark impulses and make the Right Spiritual Choice.


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  • Image in the article: ©IMDb 
  • Edited using Bard, an experimental large language model from Google AI


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