logan j. fowler and bill bodkin look at the newest Bourne-style thriller …
Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided: Rent (but possibly theater).
When I first saw the trailer for Haywire, I was pretty intrigued. Featuring an all-star cast in an action thriller seemed like a good time at the cinema. Add to the fact that director Steven Soderbergh knows how to handle an ensemble like nobody’s business (Ocean’s 11, anyone?) and it pretty made it cemented that I would like to check this out. The only problem I think with the trailer is I feel like it gives too much away, but maybe that’s the point? What I’m saying is, the plot may include more twists that we see in the final product that the trailer does not provide. I don’t know. Just making a judgment call. In any case, Haywire will be getting my money, one way or another.
Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided: Rent.
If this movie wasn’t directed by Steven Soderbergh, it would A.) have been released straight-to-DVD and B.) I would have no interest in watching it. The reason? The film’s star. Who is Gina Carano? She’s a former American Gladiator and MMA fighter. Sure, she’s attractive, and from the trailer, it looks like she can hold her own as an action star, but I have serious doubts about her acting ability. Thoughts of Cynthia Rothrock, David Bradley, Jeff Speakman, Michael Dudikoff, Sasha Mitchell, Don “The Dragon Wilson” and countless other martial artists turned “movie stars” are running through my brain. And let’s just say none of them were good when it came to acting. But let’s stop the hate right there. This is Soderbergh, the man has delivered more times than not. He knows how to shoot great visuals and evoke fun performances from his cast. And the cast? The fact Haywire has Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor and Michael Douglas as supporting actors, has to say something about this film. What I hope it’s saying is that Haywire will be a well-acted and fun action-thriller.