Saturday, January 21, 2012

Molo at the Movies - Haywire

2012 is starting out with a stylish action thriller from Steven Soderbergh, no less, staring ex-American Gladiator Gina Carano as a bad-ass ex-marine turned merc...think Bourne/Bond/Transporter/Seagal/and any number of such things.  Yes, we have been down this road before.  But not with Soderbergh at the helm, and not with this cast.  Michael Douglas, Ewan McGreggor, Michael Fassbender, and even Antonio Bandares - who can really grow a handsome grey beard these days - distinguished.  Hell, between his grey beard, and Clooney's grey beard, I'm thinking there should be a bearded movie with all these aging gents...beard erotica....but I digress...

This film, is about Gina Carano beating the shit out of a lot of people, including Channing Tatum, who is suddenly showing up in every other flick (prepping for a career as the new big action star?  I think so...then again, 21 Jump Street is his next thing....), but doing it in as about a realistic manner as you can imagine from such things.  There's a very Soderbergh moment when her dad witnesses her dispatching a bad guy, when you see his face processing who his daughter has really become, that is precious.  As my friend Trevor said, there's none of that Bourne bullshit in this - the films is a gritty, and it feels real.  Sorry, not million dollar explosions here.

Haywire -  3.5 Molos

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