"Haywire" - Steven Soderbergh's Female "Bourne"

Posted 12:02 PM November 7th, 2011 by Senh Duong

When Jeffrey Wells says the following about "Haywire" - "Asian martial-arts films can go suck it on their knees, but this movie is the shit" - you gotta go and see what he’s talking about. Also, when Steven Soderbergh directs a spy thriller featuring martial arts mayhem, you gotta go and check it out too. So I did.

If you go to the official website, you can watch the trailer in its slightly slanted form. I kinda like it, but if you can’t take that, then watch the horizontally aligned version below:

First of all, what a supporting cast: Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Fassbender, and Channing Tatum.

In the lead role is Gina Carano. She’s the real deal: a Muay Thai specialist with a fight record of 12-1-1. It shows on-screen. Her punches and kicks have power and impact, and I agree with Wells that she can believably beat the crap out of all those guys.

The fight choreographer for the film is J.J. 'Loco' Perry, a U.S. army veteran, martial artist, stuntman, and fight choreographer who has worked with Chuck Norris, Jet Li, Tony Jaa, Scott Adkins, and Randy Couture. The choreography in the trailer looks impressive so far - realistic, grounded, and not super gaudy.

I got all of this info about Carano and Perry from a Carano fansite.

Here’s the synopsis from IMDB: "A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission." Copy-and-pasted here because you can only write that in so many ways.

Now back to Wells, he "hate hate HATE Asian action films," so take his comment in the opening paragraph with that in mind. I also don’t think he’s well-versed in the genre when he calls Johnny To a "chopsocky director." In spite of that, the trailer for "Haywire" does impress. Looks like I have another movie to look forward to in January, 2012.

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