Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Gina Carano, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas
Quick Synopsis: An ex-marine named Mallory, Gina Carano, turned private contractor is betrayed during a job and set-up as a murderer. She goes on the run sneaking back into the U.S. to clear her name and get revenge on the ones responsible for the set up.
This was an action film with a Soderbergh flare to it, which is evident by the music choice throughout. Unfortunately, this really isn’t in his wheelhouse but a nice try. Not only were you very aware that you were watching an action spy flick by the jargon from the characters but there were plenty points in the film that were just too realistic. Many of the action sequences were very drawn out without music and made it very boring to see her running to catch a bad guy or slamming someone into a table or wall. You would think it would be pretty entertaining to watch her wrapping her legs around someone but alternatively was really sterile to watch. Honestly, if I wanted to see her MMA moves showcased I would just watch one of her matches. The lack of stylization during these sequences was probably meant to be interesting but rather just made me very aware of every move instead of putting me into the anxiety of these situations. It wasn’t until the third act, when Bill Paxton comes in as her father, that I was kind of sold on thinking this film was better then I thought. His fantastic mustache made it worth every penny.
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I would give this a 5 out of 10. Definitely worth seeing but maybe not in a theater. This film had so much potential with its strong actors and a strong director but in the end it really just missed the mark. Unless you want to gush over the very realistic fight scenes, which were probably done by Carano herself, then I would say go for it.
Jess DP ^_^