Bottom Line: Soderbergh goes Haywire.
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Aaron Cohen, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Gina Carano, Mathieu Kassovitz, Michael Angarano, Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender
It’s official: Hollywood is finally straying away from their sexist assessments of the spy genre. For years, spies have been distinctly male. It seems that a trend is beginning now in which a spy film with a female heroine is released each year. In 2010, it was Angelina Jolie in SALT. Last year, it was Saoirse Ronan in HANNA. HAYWIRE is the introduction of MMA fighter Gina Carano into the film industry. It’s ironic that her name drowns in a see of well-known actors, yet her fresh lead performance stands out above all those actors.