Steven Soderbergh is known for his ability to infuse any number of cinematic genres with slick, unique, stylistic flair. He turned the heist film into the all-star meta party that was the Ocean’s Eleven, series; offered broad-yet-intimate looks at both the war on drugs and the spread of disease in Traffic and Contagion (respectively); and even found a way to examine the 2008 economic crisis through the eyes of a porn star in The Girlfriend Experience.
In that sense, the thought of Soderbergh taking on a espionage revenge thriller seems almost mundane – but that’s exactly what he’s doing with Haywire, and today we have the first 5 minutes of the movie to share. See for yourself how this tried-and-true movie sub-genre looks after getting the Soderbergh makeover.
Haywire stars MMA fighter Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, a “black ops super soldier seeking payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.” Along the way, Mallory runs afoul of shady government agents on her tail, played by an all-star lineup of leading men that includes Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, and Michael Douglas – with Bill Paxton playing Mallory’s father, John Kane.
While that synopsis might sound like your average spy-thriller (with a notable girl vs. boys twist), you of course have to account for Soderbergh’s stylistic influence, which you can observe by watching the 5-minute Haywire clip below.
[THE CLIP MAY NOT BE VIEWABLE IN CERTAIN NON-U.S. AREAS.]
Crisp digital photography (courtesy of the Red One camera system), no ambient music, snappy, banter-heavy dialogue (courtesy of screenwriter Lem Dobbs) and Carano’s martial arts prowess on full display in the fight choreography…yep, this is definitely a Steven Soderbergh flick. While Haywire might seem like a thousand other movies that came before it, given Soderbergh’s aforementioned auteur flair, hopefully the final product will feel refreshingly enjoyable.
One thing that can be said after seeing that clip: the movie starts off on a good foot – as would any movie that begins with Channing Tatum getting pistol whipped.
We’ll know for sure whether Haywire is a standout or a forgettable clone once the movie hits theaters on January 20, 2012.