Steven Soderbergh‘s film Haywire, starring MMA babe Gina Carano, hits theaters today. Yes, the poster looks like straight to DVD action schlock, but having Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, and C Tates (C TATES!) shows it means business…in a very Steven Soderbergh way.
I’ll sum up the movie in one sentence, using my best “trailer” voice tone (imagine it).
She was their best Agent…
CUT TO: Carano kicking ass…
…but then they betrayed her!”
CUT TO: Carano kicking more ass.
If that didn’t make enough sense — Gina Carano gets betrayed by her employer (Ewan McGregor), and she gets revenge by showing off her awesome MMA skills. The action may not be Bourne level hollywood insanity, but it’s cool to know it’s from a real life ass kicker (who’s also painfully attractive).
Like most Soderbergh movies, Haywire is much more style over substance. Instead of trying to do a new take on an old story, he does a throwback that makes you feel like you’re watching an action movie from the 60s…in 2012. I always like giving props to Soderbergh for trying new things, but I will say tone felt…well…like those Xtranormal Conversations you can create online for free. Don’t know what I’m talking about? See Below:
This video pretty much sums up the style of the movie. There’s lots of weird pauses and odd blocking that make for a very robotic viewing experience. That being said, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s definitely a nice return to some of his earlier movies like The Limey (also written by Lem Dobbs) and is thoroughly entertaining. Carano does a great job in her acting debut, and is well complimented by her co-stars…Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, and C Tates (C TATES!).
All in all, Haywire is worth the watch if you’re in to Soderbergh’s “hey guys…let’s make another movie” movies that he seems to churn out every month. It may not be as fun as his Oceans films, but it certainly won’t disappoint.