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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Haywire by Steven Soderbergh, 2011 (R)

with Gina Carano, Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, Shame, A Dangerous Method), Ewan McGregor (Amelia, The Ghost Writer, The Men Who Stare At Goats, I Love You Phillip Morris), Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Mathieu Kassovitz, Michael Angarano, Anthony Brandon Wong

Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive. Using her black-ops military training, she devises an ingenious—and dangerous—trap. But when things go haywire, Mallory realizes she'll be killed in the blink of an eye unless she finds a way to turn the tables on her ruthless adversary.

From the director of Erin Brokovich, Ocean 11, 12, 13, Out of Sight, Contagion, Traffic, The Informant!, a very strange mix of excellent films and over the tops, but he is a machine, very prolific. I really liked this movie for making the risky choice of choosing for main character a mix martial arts figure, turning her into an actress, a believable one. The cast that surrounds her is excellent, with heavy weight actors, not usually chosen to do action movies, more text actors. It balances the movie into not having a 100% action thriller, but also a nuanced film with great performances. The balance is also well done in making an action and character driven film. The cinematography is similar in many ways to the one of traffic, with very defining lighting for each scene, quire saturated, with a lot of post-production filters, which sometimes take over the flow of the movie (I found it disturbing when she runs over the roofs of Dublin, or the neon light corridor when Banderas discusses the interest of the transaction with Douglas. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the movie.

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