Photos and video – Haywire’s Gina Carano
Gina Carano kicks major butt in Steven Soderbergh‘s new action thriller Haywire.
The former mixed martial artist acquits herself well in the role. She isn’t given much dialogue, but she speaks with her actions – and her fists.
Much of the stylish film is set to a groovy score by David Holmes, which hints that Soderbergh is going for a ’70s action film feel but with a real (and female) fighter in the main role.
This definitely lends a more realistic feel to the fight scenes.
In look and style, especially the jumpy chronology, Haywire is reminiscent of Soderbergh’s 1999 flick The Limey with Terence Stamp (both were written by screenwriter Lem Dobbs). Haywire‘s story is somewhat complex (or confusing, depending on how you look at it), but this is due more to the time-jumping than anything inherently tricky about the plot. Soderbergh plays everything so cool though that the movie as a whole is a pleasure to watch.
Antonia Banderas and Michael Douglas are among the heavyweight friends Soderbergh coralled into appearing. Bill Paxton has an interesting supporting role as the father of Mallory Kane, Gina Carano’s character. Ewan McGregor plays the main heavy, and Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender get theirs as well.
The movie currently has an 81 per cent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. J.R. Jones of the Chicago Reader says, “There’s a good deal of pleasure to be had in the clockwork precision of her hand-to-hand combat, which Soderbergh often shoots in profile to showcase her wall-climbing backflips.”
Jeff Bayer of the Scorecard Review writes, “It’s a fantastic minimalist action film where you actually get to see what is happening.”
Interview – Gina Carano at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con:
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