The main plot, that of an assassin softened by an innocent being, has been done a number of times before. But the movie remains fresh. It's clear that the writer is politically liberal, bordering on provocative. Most notable is the sexual relationship between a young black guy (Cuba Gooding, jnr.) and an elderly white lady (the beautiful Helen Mirren), something I don't remember portrayed in movies before. As a sidenote, it's probably these two roles that got them in later movies (The Hit List and Red, respectively).
The movie pretty much weird, with the sort of direction I haven't seen before. It didn't see much distribution, and I only watched it because I deeply enjoyed the director's later work, Precious.