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Blu-ray review: 'Haywire'

Blu-ray review: ‘Haywire'
by Brandy McDonnell Published: April 27, 2012


Between Katniss Everdeen and Mallory Kane, there's hope for smart and strong big-screen action heroines yet.

While Jennifer Lawrence's bow-wielding “The Hunger Games” protagonist continues to dominate the box office, mixed-martial arts slugger Gina Carano's ex-Marine-turned-mercenary-for-hire is sprinting onto Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday in Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh's unfortunately little-seen espionage flick “Haywire.”

For moviegoers who got queasy from the shaky-camera battles in “The Hunger Games” or have wearied of the Michael Bay style of bombastic, implausible, jump-cut action sequences, Soderbergh offers a perfectly hard-hitting antidote with “Haywire.”

The maverick filmmaker built the film around Carano's impressive Muay Thai kickboxing skills, and he compensates for her acting inexperience by surrounding her with A-list men: Channing Tatum as a fellow freelance covert operative, Ewan McGregor as their boss and Mallory's former lover, Antonio Banderas, and Michael Douglas as the government officials willing to pay big bucks for their services, Michael Fassbender as a British agent who teams with Mallory on an ill-fated mission, and Bill Paxton as Mallory's former soldier/novelist father. All of them demonstrate a willingness to get beaten up by, or at least play second banana to, a woman and an eagerness to work with the “Traffic” helmer.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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