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Movie review: Haywire (plus some additional Gina Carano shine)

A brief synopsis (courtesy of the official website):

This dynamic action-thriller directed by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) boasts a talented cast that includes Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zoro), Bill Paxton (“Big Love”), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Michael Angarano (Almost Famous); and introduces mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, in a demanding lead role that has her performing her own high-adrenaline stunts.

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.

I have a bit of a girl crush on Gina Carano (which my husband fully knows and supports because he thinks she’s pretty cool too), as much as she scares me. She could kick my butt with one swipe of her leg. As an MMA fighter, she was pretty hardcore. She retired from the ring a couple of years ago, but who knows, perhaps she’ll start again.

A few years ago there was a revamp of my old favorite 90s show, American Gladiators. Carano’s Gladiator name was Crush, and she absolutely did crush all the amateur competitors. Take a gander at a couple of examples:

Remember though, she made her name as “Conviction” Carano, and for a good reason:

Now that I’ve gotten my Gina Carano fangirl stuff out of the way, Haywire fared better in the action sequences than the dramatic ones. That’s surprising, considering her costars include Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, and Michael Douglas. The plot just had way too many unexplained holes.

It’s fun to watch though to see her kick all the boys’ butts. Total popcorn flick.

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