Haywire ***

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“Haywire” is director Steven Soderbergh’s first foray in to balls out action. He has made some good crime films but none of them starred a butt kicking heroine who shoots and fights her way through a legion of assassins and trained killers.

The film stars newcomer Gina Carano, a former MMA fighter, as Mallory. She is as deadly as they come. The film opens with her character meeting a contact in a run down diner. This turns into a vicious showdown. We then delve in to a back story on what brought her to that point.

Carano is quite good here. I imagine that she learned a lot from working with a cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas and Bill Paxton. Only a director like Soderbergh can summon this group in to supporting roles.

What the movie lacks is a compelling story. There really isn’t much connecting the gloriously choreographed fight sequences. There are the usual double crosses and revenge killings. Nothing here to write home about.

What kept my attention was the performances and action which were all first rate.

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