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'Haywire' Clip: Gina Carano Beats Up Channing Tatum

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.

Source: Hulu

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