Survival of the Fittest
Starring: ** Survival of the Fittest **
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 93 minutes
Distributor: Relativity Media
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Executive Producer: Allen Moloney, Michael
Polaire, Tucker Tooley
Producer: Gregory Jacobs
Writer: ** Survival of the Fittest **
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In the story, a female special operations agent named Mallory (real-life mixed martial arts champion Gina Carano in an impressive debut) is set up to take the fall after a Chinese dissident she rescued from a kidnapping is killed by the people who hired her. She goes on the run across the planet, from Dublin and Barcelona to New Mexico and the woods of Colorado, alternating impressive fights, chases, and other stunt work with a high-class cast led by Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum, and Antonio Banderas.
At the center of it all, Carano is an impressive force of nature, able to do anything the top male action stars can do and then some. She is also gorgeous and handles her rare quiet moments solidly, creating one of the more impressive debut performances in recent years. Director Steven Soderbergh employs a number of stylized shots and locations throughout the movie, while also not layering in any politically correct or anti-American plot elements, as he occasionally does in other films. The tight script by Lem Dobbs jumps the action around the planet and across multiple time frames in the tradition of Quentin Tarantino, but most impressive of all is the fantastic score by David Holmes, who counterpoints the action scenes with a propulsive mix of jazz, orchestration, and heavy grooves that are thrilling to hear.
HAYWIRE is very well made with lots of stunning action thrills, but, as noted above, little is explained about the motivations of the people trying to kill the likeable heroine. The movie also contains plenty of violence and some foul language and sexual innuendo, so extreme caution is advised. The new MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE movie still playing, GHOST PROTOCOL, is just as exciting but more family friendly, so it’s a better choice.
Real-life mixed martial arts champion Gina Carano stars in HAYWIRE in an impressive debut. Supporting her efforts is a high-class cast of actors led by Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum, and Antonio Banderas, directed by Steven Soderbergh. HAYWIRE is very well made with lots of stunning action thrills and a great score, but little is explained about the motivations of the people trying to kill the likeable heroine. Thus, the movie basically comes down to a tale of survival of the fittest. HAYWIRE also contains plenty of violence and some foul language and sexual innuendo, so extreme caution is advised.