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Move over Angelina, this is how its done!,
This review is from: Haywire [DVD] (DVD)Gina Carano makes her bid for stardom under the watchful eye of director Steven Soderbergh and with a supporting cast full of Hollywood A-listers in this fast moving actioner.
In her first lead role mixed martial artist Carano gets to showcase her incredible fighting skills alongside acting talent that is certainly reasonable; albeit unlikely to trouble the Bafta voting panel. With the first fight scene arriving barely two minutes in, the story is revealed through a narrative flashback. In truth the plot is nothing special and could have been lifted from an average Van Damme or Seagal film although neither of those veterans have ever worked with so talented a cast or director. The plot is secondary though and merely serves as a vehicle to showcase Carano's talents and as such it does its job well. Leading men Tatum, McGregor and Fassbender get to go one-on-one with Carano while Douglas and Banderas make the most of cameo roles.
The film is slightly different from most action movies, rather than quick edits Soderbergh leaves the camera on a single view longer than most directors and sometimes we see sections of fights as though viewing from afar with the volume turned down. Despite the unusual touches this is a good if not great movie and I hope the so-so box office doesn't mean this is a one off for Carano. She makes a great leading lady and I hope to see her kicking ass on screen again in the near future.