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Steven Soderbergh's HAYWIRE Looks Crazy As Hell!

Nordling here.

Okay, Steven Soderbergh's going to have an interesting year, with this opening in January and CONTAGION in the fall, and these two films couldn't look more different from each other.  This looks like Soderbergh's first balls-out action film, and MMA star Gina Carano looks like she can handle herself.  This has a great supporting cast - Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor - and I can't wait to see it.  Apparently some footage screened today at Comic-Con and it killed.  Here's the trailer:

HAYWIRE opens next January.  Nordling, out.

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  • July 22, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST


    by ATARI

  • July 22, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Freddy Kreuger

    by coolhanddave

    is the new mortal kombat character

  • July 22, 2011, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Bourne Again AKA Salt

    by sadclown

    Maybe it's good. But I'm getting some deja vu, monsieur.

  • July 22, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    That said, Carano can put me in the triangle any day.

    by tylerzero

  • July 22, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Crush will

    by vicmackey1268

    be a HORRIBLE actress but no one is really going to see this for her acting she's #2 on my Celebrity 5 so I have to see it. 1) Danielle Fishel 2) Gina Carano 3) Emma Watson 4) Gabrielle Union 4) Jane Seymore (especially after the "cougar" episode of How I Met Your Mother..rrrraaawwwrrrr)

  • July 22, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Carano seems to be a terrible actress

    by Billy_D_Williams

    Why not hire an actual ACTOR and teach them to fight ala The Matrix??? rather than try and teach an MMA fighter to act which is infinitely harder???

  • July 22, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Hayley Atwell is climbing up tho...

    by vicmackey1268

    the interview with Collider I just watched made her friggin adorable and a little shy but dear lord on Late Night she was friggin hot

  • This looks soo generic and bland just like Contagion. I've never thought much of Soderbergh as he has no flavor or real style to his work unlike, say, Brian DePalma (my favorite Director) who is a fucking master. I do like the fact that he's embraced shooting digital and is fairly prolific, doing movies in multiple genres, but his flicks come off as cold, clinical and antiseptic. I have no interest in seeing either Contagion or Haywire.

  • July 22, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST


    by vanchimera

    That voiceover guy ruins trailers every time. If I just overheard someone watching this trailer I'd think it was direct to OnDemand or some such shit. Whoever they got makin' the trailers for this needs to tighten it up, because this is a very interesting movie to me, but the trailer sells it as complete drek.

  • July 22, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Soderbergh doesn't have a style? hahahahaha

    by Billy_D_Williams

    The guy has a very distinctive "style" if you pay attention... I think what you mean is he has no "hangups" like Spielberg, Bay, Lucas, theme he keeps hammering home in every fucking movie he makes, which is refreshing actually.

  • July 22, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Spoilers like crazy in this too

    by vicmackey1268

    I understand that we need to want to see the movies but it's like "hey here's channing tatum" oh wait, nope, dead....oh there's Magneto, sweet!...nope, gets shot and left in bathtub....

  • July 22, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    B grade

    by smitme

    This looks bad. this girl is very wooden.

  • July 22, 2011, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Bjork Identity

    by meta4

    amirite? Hello? fooey. Looks cool, Gina Carano is a great fighter but sounds kind of wooden in some of her scenes (or is that me? *bahdumbump*) But looks interesting nonetheless

  • July 22, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    FUCK SALT!!!

    by Daniel

    as if i got to use that line for real and it applied to something...this is a entirely different sitch, for once the woman in an action movie is believable, if your a guy and you liked tomb raider, watch it again, they fucking suck, salt sucked, not all girl action movies suck, there are lots of awesome ones, but usually its a little girl, or someone like jolie or someone else that just isnt believable, mila is an exception cause shes hot as balls and plays a super human who can do everything she does in the res evil movies, as oppose to salt being above superhuman and yet only being a frail leading actress with a giant head gina carino on the other hand is an awesome mma fighter who was awesome on american gladiators and is hot who could also beat me up most likely, so this looks awesome, cause its believable, cause its fact, shes a tank and could kill you with her bare hands

  • July 22, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    She's in over her head here

    by DiscreetFighterAlpha

    Can you have a total non-actor in the lead with an A grade cast and have it not be super noticeable? The answer from this trailer so far seems to be no. She looks like she can kick ass, but with scenes that require some sort of espionage, I think I'm gonna be groaning. Her face is sort of frozen in some scenes, as in she's not being natural. Kind of like a deer in headlights.

  • July 22, 2011, 5:06 p.m. CST


    by johnnyrandom

    ...just send in Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. She'll punch her lights out. Again.

  • July 22, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Now THERE'S somebody that can play WONDER WOMAN!

    by leroygrey

    ...hope she can act.

  • July 22, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST

    So this is a less artistic sequel to Hanna?

    by Brannagins Law

  • July 22, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    What a waste of a good cast

    by ShamelessElitist

    I can't believe this many experienced actors decided to waste their time on this piece of shit movie. I bet she let them fuck her muscular vagina for a year as incentive.

  • July 22, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Or, generic as hell

    by MaxCalifornia.

    Seriously, if you didn't know who directed this, would Soderbergh be one of your first 50 guesses? Looks like EVERY other Bourne ripoff from the last 2-3 years, with Jason Statham level uninspiring action.

  • July 22, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    You guys are insane, this looks absolutely awesome

    by Nabster

    The action looks super slick and very awesome. Sick and tired of superhero films, refreshing to see some badass action and sic fi films.

  • You got all that from the Haywire trailer, did ya? LOL. And lumping Spielberg in the same vein as Bay? No wonder movies like Haywire keep getting made. People like you guys keep seeing them. I can't believe this has Soderberghs name on it. It's the only reason I'm remotely interested in seeing this. Hopefully the trailer is misleading. I just assumed this was the SALT spinoff called PEPPER.

  • July 22, 2011, 5:33 p.m. CST


    by golden tribw

    not interested

  • July 22, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    This looks how do i say it.....generic...cliche?

    by sunwukong86

    Seriously, how many movies have had a similar story line?

  • So much for any suspense in the first half or so of the movie, from the look of the plot points the trailer gives away. Looks decent enough, though this looks like one of those cases where a woman doing something helps us see how ridiculous it is when a man does it. Watching this, I'm not so much impressed by her (though she does a good job) as I am a little embarrassed for all the implausible macho-man fare I've consumed. Won't stop me from seeing Captain America in the next few days, but then again, that's more pure fantasy than this makes itself out to be.

  • July 22, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    leroygrey, good call re: Wonder Woman

    by kevred

    There she is, someone cast her now for the JLA film.

  • July 22, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Is this real or he he making a parody of action movies?

    by moorE12

  • July 22, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Did Anyone Just Watch The Same Trailer I Just Watched?!

    by dancinggopher01

    That looked bad ass! You don't go to these movies for the acting you turds. And Gina Carano is smoking hot.

  • July 22, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    horrible title

    by SkiBum

    I have an idea, let's make the Bourne Identity, but with a chick.

  • July 22, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Another thin pretty lady unconvincingly beating people up

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    when she would get pasted by the first guy she tried to fight. Here's an idea how about getting a woman that actually looks like her arm wouldn't break the first time she tries to hit someone, she isn't photogenic and thin enough? But I thought this was about female empowerment mr producer?

  • July 22, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Uhhhmmmm... No thanks

    by The Fuck

    Didn't get me very excited. Real shit trailer too, far too much footage being shown. Better just short and effective. Have they really just forgotten the most important rule about advertisement, less is more? And will more then 2 minutes of trailer they still need a fucking voice over!!

  • July 22, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    looks like what an action movie should look like

    by crazybubba

    with cool, believable action scenes. There is a huge drop off in the acting but sometimes its worth it.

  • July 22, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    HEY, JUDGE...

    by johnnyrandom your research. She's an ex MMA champ. Could probably break you blindfolded.

  • July 22, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Looks liek a rental. She looks like Rachel Weisz on Bane's Venom

    by MJDeViant

    That was mean, I take that back. I am glad she is an actual physical person. I'm all for these these films (because hopefully it keeps studios busy so they don't remake I Saw The Devil or The Man From Nowhere)

  • July 22, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    female bourne, even more then godawful salt


  • July 22, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    How can you call her wooden...

    by OldDickLemon

    When on the screen with Channing Tatum? I'll watch this just to see her beat the piss out of that tool. The worlds first legit female action star, I'm down.

  • July 22, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    this doesn't seem like a Soderbergh film

    by Titus05

    looks like something Luc Besson or Justin Lin should be directing

  • July 22, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Here's hoping Carano shows some skin in this pic.

    by Mark One

    I'm not asking for titty shots, but I guess I'm one on those rare men who likes a girl with some abs, toned arms, and muscular legs.

  • July 22, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST


    by meta4

    Touche Sir...Touche indeed.

  • July 22, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    La Femme M

    by D o o d

  • July 22, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Already said but SALT


  • July 22, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Lol I got owned

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    But still she doesn't fight male mma fighters does she, cos she would get her ass kicked.

  • July 22, 2011, 6:55 p.m. CST

    La Femme Nikkita

    by D o o d


  • July 22, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    generic female spy: the trailer

    by silverdog

    aka: nikita salt bourne

  • July 22, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Looks too standard for Dobbs and Soderbergh

    by JuanSanchez

  • July 22, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    I agree with all the meh responses

    by Superturd

    Carano looks like she cant act, the cast looks wasted, and there is FAR too much spoilery nonsense for me to be intrigued. The jurys out on soderberghs asofyet unproven handling of hand to hand action.

  • July 22, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Bourne, Salt, Hanna, blah blah blah...

    by Raymar

    So sick of this shit already.

  • You know how when you watch a DePalma, Cronenberg, Oliver Stone or Tim Burton move, there's a distinctive taste to their work. Yeah, they may revisit certain theme's and whatnot but their movies have a look and stye to them. That's not to say that every Director has to have a Distinctive visual style, shit, Sidney Lumet is one of my favorite Directors, made movies in almost every genre and was considered to be a "craftsman", someone without the flair of, say, Scorsese. But even Lumet's work had character and felt like it had more weight to it than anything Soderbergh has done.

  • July 22, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Jane Matrix

    by David Cloverfield

    Looks cool. I've been a Carrano The Female Action Hero advocate for years. Go Crush!

  • July 22, 2011, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Soderberg's films are sanitary...that's the best I can think of

    by kidicarus

    That said, Gina Carano can break my neck as long as we get to have wild animal sex before.

  • July 22, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Gina Carrano IS: Brian Bosworth AS: Stone Cold!

    by doodler

    this looks ok, but don't get your hopes up - January RELEASE = mediocre at best (see: Taken) Soderbergh is just jacking off here, like he did with Bubble or GFE - it's his "playing around flick after the prestige studio picture". what's the surprise? each of the "name" actors probably didn't spend more than a week or two on the film, and will spend their time in 2-3 scenes/sets each, to keep costs down. Hell, Paxton probably did it for free as an excuse to get out of Utah for a while.

  • July 22, 2011, 8:06 p.m. CST

    That looks fucking amazing.

    by MainMan2001

    seriously that is amazing. no way it isn't gonna be.

  • July 22, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Also, if it works it works

    by MainMan2001

    who cares what the story is when a great director takes on a project it becomes interesting. simple as it that. actors know this. it doesn't matter what else is going on. if the director sucks then the movie will suck. director and movie are one. simple.

  • July 22, 2011, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Didn't see anything "crazy" but it does look solid.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    My face didn't melt off but it seems like it should be good. Great cast, nice premise. Soderbergh's a little overrated, but he's got talent. I'll check it out.

  • July 22, 2011, 8:32 p.m. CST

    This sure looks better than that piece of shit "Salt" was.

    by Jerry Piper

  • July 22, 2011, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Soderbergh talked to me about this.

    by AzarN

    I met Soderbergh at a film school seminar in 2009 when he was still conceiving this. Despite his usual cold demeanour he seemed genuinely giddy and excited about making this film, given that the star wasn't a trained actor and the kind of presence she brings. Curious to see that he's kept that blown out exposure and palette from 'The Informant!' though.

  • July 22, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST



    And he looks like PUMPKINHEAD!!! The Amazing Spider-Man looks AWESOME!!

  • July 22, 2011, 9:49 p.m. CST

    looks pretty good to me


    Yeah she's not much of an actress, but at least she looks the part in the action scenes. Skinny hollywood bitches kicking the ass of trained killers always looks a bit silly.

  • July 22, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    This looks awesome. January belongs to low budget action

    by theneonsamurai

  • July 22, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    why didn't they hire a real actor and teach her to fight?

    by Vern

    There are a thousand movies like that for you to watch. Soderbergh intentionally wanted to build a movie around a real fighter. As a fan of action movies I'm tired of what I call post-action, which is these bullshit movies where the camera shakes around and you can't tell what the fuck is going on and they obviously think the audience doesn't even want to see the action scenes. That's most theatrically released action movies today. This promises to be different. It's built around Carano, the fight choreographer is JJ Perry (Undisputed II) and they claim they're going for crisp, show-everything type of fight scenes. It's about fucking time, and it's nice to have it come from a director of this caliber, working with the writer of one of his best movies and with this supporting cast. You know, nothing against Matt Damon and those guys but most of the best action movies don't star "real actors," they star former athletes and martial artists like Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Schwarzenegger, Van Damme, etc. I like those type of movies. This is my most anticipated movie right now. (note: I'm on a shitty computer where the trailer's not playing properly so if the action sucks in the trailer I could take this back)

  • July 22, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    because real actors are a bunch of wimps

    by chien_sale

  • July 22, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    this movie is like they hired me and put great actors around me

    by chien_sale

    to make me like good. it's like finding a homeless man and make him run a big corporation but where he would be surrounded by guys at the top of their fields.

  • July 22, 2011, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Looks so damn cliched

    by BigTuna

    I've seen it so many times before.

  • July 23, 2011, 12:26 a.m. CST

    This looks like direct to dvd bullshit.

    by David Hinson

    Like the next three named Seagal movie. Ish.

  • July 23, 2011, 12:36 a.m. CST

    haywire ? Hmmmmm

    by skiff

  • July 23, 2011, 2:59 a.m. CST

    This is your big screen Wonder Woman!

    by Edison

  • July 23, 2011, 2:59 a.m. CST

    This is your big screen Wonder Woman!

    by Edison

  • July 23, 2011, 3:18 a.m. CST

    Hey Vern, why don't you have a black box for your posts?

    by tamethecunt

    And yes, she looks passable to me. I was expecting a lot worse than what she should me.

  • July 23, 2011, 3:28 a.m. CST

    I thought this dude was retiring>?

    by Mel

  • July 23, 2011, 3:34 a.m. CST

    This looks on par with all those Cuba Gooding Jr. DTV action movies

    by Detective_Fingerling

    except those Cuba Gooding Jr. in them instead of some MMA chick.

  • July 23, 2011, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Those guys are doing it wrong.

    by buggerbugger

    Instead of smacking her in the head, they should just punch her as hard as they can right in the tit. Yeah, not so hard now that you've been punched in the tit, are you? Titty-punch FTW. Now go and readjust your implant, it's been knocked under your armpit.

  • July 23, 2011, 4:15 a.m. CST

    Is that a Nissan Skyline? Sweet!

    by AsimovLives

  • July 23, 2011, 4:17 a.m. CST

    It seems that badassery is back to the theaters this year.

    by AsimovLives

    After all that faggotry made by nancy-fags boys like JJ Abrams and Michelle Bay, it's good to see that we are going to get proper badass action movies this year. First it was HANNA, now this and DRIVE. Oh yeah! Bring them on. Finally, proper badass movies! I missed them!

  • Though it mostly goes more like as seen in SYRIANA then in the Bourne movies. Still, that's the least implausable aspect of the movie.

  • July 23, 2011, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Some of you geeks hate on anything and everything

    by Nabster

    This looks absolutely fucking awesome. It's just a trailer, but it looks like it might be an amazing action film. Maybe one of the best in a long time. And yea the weak link might be the mma chick, but the rest of the cast is so amazing I doubt it will matter. And at least she looks very convincing in her action scenes.

  • I dislike violence and fighting, but there's something quite enthralling and mesmerising in watching two top athlet women fighting and beating the shit out of each other (and one of them being as cute as Carano). Aside from that, it really was a good fight. Two top fighters at their best. One had had to be the winner. And Cristiane Santos really deserves to be called Cyborg. The woman is huge.

  • Even for the action genre i think that a character should come first. And though there are some notable exceptions, most athlets and amrtial artists can't act for shit. One could say, why it would matter acting in an action movie? Well, one could say thr same for any genre, why it would matter acting for a SF genre? Why it would matter acting for a romance movie? I mean, a romance movie doesn't really need acting, right? Just shove a bunch of pretty people onscreen and that's it, instant movie. Same with action. Shove a fight athlet and it's instant movie making. I call bullshit to that. It does matter that an actor can act in a action movie. It makes a whole lot of difference. An actor, a good actor that doe shis job well, help us engage us with the story and the character hismelf. so when the final fight comes, we are engaged to the character and actuively rooting for him, suffering for every punch or shot he gets. With just using an athlet, all we are seeing is just detatched fight in which who gives a fuck who wins or not, and if the movie ends? Vern makes an excelent point in that too many mvoies today use, and badly, the shakycam technique for the fight scenes. Inicially, when such movies as BATMAN BEGINS and THE BROUNE MOVIES did that, it was not so much because the actors couldn't deliever the goods but more to present the audience that this protagonists were even better at fighting then any real person we could see in any match on Tv or real life. There was a deliberate point, to show them as almost super-human in their absolute fighting skills. It was hyper-reality. Sadly, too many movies took the wrong cue from those movies and decided to just shke the cam for any and each fight just because it was the "kewl" and the "in" thing to do. and that's the bullshit that Vern complains, which is also a complain of mine as well. Unliek Vern, i rather see a well trainer actor deliver an action scene then a real athlel with minimal acting skills. Becasue the actor can really deliever more then just a few punches. He can deliever a character. And that makes or breaks a movie. Fortunatly, some fighters have proved to actually have acting abilities of their own and mannage to be engaging onscreen presences and actually act. Guys like Dwane Johnson. Even Jet Li. Most people know Li in his americna movies, where his acting skills seem limited. but watch in in his own native China where she speaks in his native chinese, and the man is a really good actor. In fact, Jet Li is a bit of a subvertionin that he is in fact an actor first. Buit he was trained in the Opera Of Pequin, which means that past of an actor's training is also to be trained in martial arts because of martial arts movies. And they really train real martial arts. But for the sake of acting training. It's small wonder that those actors can actually become real fighters and compete in professional fights, because they actually have the real deal training. In the end, movies are illusions. and for me, a movie is far better delivered if a real actor is trained to fight and can then deliever both a fight and a peformance. Think of the case of John Cusack and his excelent fight in GROSSE POINT BLANK against Benny Urquidez. that fight is excelent because Cusack himself is a very experienced and well trained in martial arts, but he's also a damn good actor who until that scene he sould to us a full character we could find interesting and exciting. We were invested in him. The excelency of his skills at fighting together with Benny Urquidez and the very good choreography that went with it just came as bonus and made it so much better. As for this movie, what seems is that Soderbergh must have realised that besides her cute looks, Carano must have something of an emerging talent for acting and since he's such a brillant director of actors, he can coach a performance out of her. But that's because he's Soderbergh, and not some barely talented action movie director who only knows how to point a camera at the action and barely at that (Michael Bay comes to mind).

  • July 23, 2011, 5:46 a.m. CST

    Bourne with boobs

    by DanboJohnJ

    looks all too familiar.

  • July 23, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Those fight scenes sold me...

    by Andrew Coleman

    Most action movies these days either shake the camera so bad you have no idea what is happening. Or they do really quick cuts because those involved are horrible and can't fight. I'm not some sexist moron but women action heroes always come off fake. Salt almost had it right but added too much wire-foo shit. This looks so bad ass. Don't get those hating on it.... Oh wait it's AICN most of you can't do anything but be bitter.

  • July 23, 2011, 9:02 a.m. CST

    nice cinematography but looks kind of derivative

    by Rupee88

    But Soderbergh rarely blows it, so got to stay curious.

  • July 23, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST


    by Waspo

    Not even Obi Wan can save this from looking so Generic, like Female Bourne but with a steady cam.

  • July 23, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    What's with Fugitive Harrison Ford looking Antonio Banderas?

    by TheMcflyFarm

    And what's with Soderbergh casting these non actresses who can't act as leads in his movies? First Sasha Grey and now this person. And what's with the release dates for these Soderbergh movies if they're so good. Contagion in September and this in January. The studio must have sooooo much faith in these movies...

  • July 23, 2011, noon CST

    by Kev

    Ok...I never reply to these things but now I must. While her acting ability is still in question...there is NO doubt about Gina Carano's fighting ability!! She is a former kickboxing and MMA champ. She is one of the best, if not the best, women fighters in the world. Google her name and her record is there to see. She is the real deal and has been featured in many fight magazines. What you see in the trailer are things that she as an athelete has done many times in the ring!

  • Ermm... dunno if Cyborg should get a she there. She's a beast. Earlier I saw a Tito Ortiz vid and he said he sparred with her and said he had to bring his A game. That's right, an ex-UFC light-heavyweight champ who can still fight said Cyborg tested him. I bet she's got a six inch "clit". p.s. oh and to Asimovlives the reason John Cusack looks good in fights is because he is a martial artist. He's been training in kickboxing, mostly under Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, for like 20 years. Still dunno why he won't make a real action movie. I think he'd be cool as a schlub-looking guy who takes apart bad guys.

  • July 23, 2011, 1:36 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Ovaries are ball-shaped.

  • July 23, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Very right about John Cusack. That's why his fight in GORSSE POINT BLANK with his teacher Benny Urquidez is so awesome. You're right about why has Cusack showed off his martial arts skills in an action movie. However, it seems that Cusack only considers his martial arts training merely as a way to chill out and let out steam, and he mght think using his training for a movie to be degrating to the spirit to which he trains martial arts.

  • July 23, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Grosse Point Blank Action scene

    by crazybubba

    I thought Cusack looked very unathletic in that flick. He may be a well trained kickboxer but he is obviously not a natural athlete. To me, sometimes the action is part of the acting. A lot of non-athletic actors take me out of a movie when I watch them play athletes. John Cusack in 8 Men Out is a great example. He did not come off as a baseball player in the few action scenes he had but Charlie Sheen is believable as a baseball player because he actually played high school ball. Asimov if your only example is a weak fight scene in a non-action flick than I think Vern easily wins the debate.

  • July 23, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    I like that they give her top billing

    by SnootyBoots

    Unlike, say, the True Grit remake where the male movie stars get their names above the title and the new girl gets dropped in after even though she has the lead role.

  • July 23, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    it's like finding a homeless man and make him run a big corporation

    by ragingfluff

    What a fantastic idea for a movie! :) No, wait, wasn't this already made as Trading Places? :) Perhaps it could be played as straight drama: Will Smith, in his most daring role, plays a deaf-mute squeegee guy and male hustler with a genius IQ and a drinking problem. One day as he's aggressively washing the windshield of a limousine, he is run over by the car. Mortified, the limo's owner, a Wall Street executive with a conscience (an against type Michael Douglas) takes him home to his Westchester mansion and offers to clean him up and help him out. After a moving scene when the newly bathed Smith realizes that this man doesn't just want him for anal sex, there is a touching moment where he shows - by means of mime - Douglas's reckless but sexy granddaughter (Mila Kunis) the correct way to wash her Porsche, and reveals an uncanny ability to guess the car's weight by the depth of the tracks the tires make in the gravel. Douglas is intrigued by this trick, and asks Smith to help him with his crossword; instead, Smith is transfixed by the stock prices in the Wall Street Journal and scribbles an illegible scrawl for Douglas that turns out to be a correct stock prediction. Amazed, Douglas brings Smith to his office and Smith picks stocks that make the company a fortune. But Douglas' right hand and heir-apparent (Michael Fassbender) is threatened by Smith, not least because Fassbender is Kunis' fiancee and it turns out Kunis is falling for the deaf-mute. Fassbender discovers that Smith is a former hobo/rentboy and an alcoholic (he is told by an ageing tranny streetwalker: Denzel Washington in a daring cameo) and uses the knowledge against Smith: he spikes his Dr Pepper just before Smith is about to make the biggest stock-picks of the year. Smith, drunk, chooses badly and the company loses a fortune. Fassbender (who sold all the bad stocks before they fell) elbows his way to the top and convinces Douglas and the Board that Smith can no longer be relied upon. Douglas confronts Smith and Kunis finds issues of Playgirl in his room (planted by Fassbender) Smith runs away and back to the streets (scenes of drunken debauchery, blubbering, begging for handouts). Meanwhile, Fassbender and Kunis prepare to get married. Douglas, now a broken man resigned to losing his company and his granddaughter, discovers that Fassbender sold his stock right before it fell. Suspicious, he walks the streets and finds Smith and begs him to come back, telling him "you squeegeed my grand-daughter's heart. Can you guess the weight of my remorse?" Douglas and Smith (and Smith's fellow squeegee guys, and Denzel Washington) run to the church and interrupt the wedding right as the Minister asks "if anyone has any objection..." The Squeegee Guys cause mayhem to distract the wedding guests while Smith attempts to dumb-show his love for Kunis. She is unmoved until Denzel Washington yells out "honey, trust me, that boy doesn't like the taste of c**k at all. He's straighter than John Wayne" Fassbender and Smith fight and Smith is victorious (in an earlier scene he noticed that Fassbender walks with his weight on his instep; knowing this, he is able to predict where Fassbender will throw his punches). Smith and Kunis get married. Smith picks good stocks and saves Douglas' company. The End It's Rainman meets Pygmalion meets The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter meets Wall Street ... Oscars all round.

  • July 23, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Steven Soderbergh's HAYWIRE Looks STUPID As Hell!!!

    by drdoom_v

    Hey everyone it's SALT Part2! We really can't get enough of the "unstoppable" female agent! The only time that ever worked was in La Fem Nikita and Aeon Flux--NOW LETS MOVE ON!

  • July 23, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    You think the fight scene in GROSSE POINT BLANK is weak? Give up on movies right now and althogether. Your geek card is expired and revoked for life.

  • July 23, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    drdoom_v, your loss.

    by AsimovLives

  • July 24, 2011, 9:54 a.m. CST

    a few thoughts...

    by solitaire

    yes, the idea is cliche', and not only that, it is right up there with the top three: (1)mysterious__who is actually a former __ winds up in a remote__and defends the people/trains them to defend themselves (2) ugly, unpopular__is taught beauty and charm by upperclass__who naturally falls in love(3) recently moved __takes the uptight/douchbag population of__and teaches them to relax. That being said, when this cliche works, like in Bourne, it works really well. When it doesn't, we get anna nicole smith in a helicopter. Jury is out on this one, but the girl can scrap, make no mistake. Also, I love the Grosse Point Blank fight for the same reason I love Matt Damon's fights in the bourne series and Daniel Craigs fights in the new bonds -you have two people who are clearly trained to kill trying to kill, not beat up, and it is sweaty, nasty and each does whatever it takes to get the job done.

  • July 24, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST


    by CrusherKawa

    Anyone thats seen the clip shown at the con or read anyone's take on it? It's the most visceral and legit movie scene there's been in awhile! Negativity/ruin perceived from the neophyte/athlete actress and what's come of Soderbergh...well, at very least it'll ruin(redefine) your perception of a good fight scene.

  • July 25, 2011, 2:15 a.m. CST

    I haven't closed my eyes since you were born

    by BigDan

    they actually pay people to write this shit?

  • July 25, 2011, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Natural Bourne Killer Hanna Salt goes Haywire

    by impossibledreamers

    Steven, buddy... You're kinda' late to the betrayed spy table aren't you? This is as poorly timed on the trend curve as Spaceballs was to making fun of Star Wars over 15 years too late. Nothing against Ms. Gina. She looked fine, came across well and very believeable. Of course it helps when your fight choreography isn't a Peter Pan show. And we can be honest - this sounds like Steven had a little woody wanting to make a fem bad-ass movie so at least that's understandable. Hey, coulda' been worse. He could have hired Chyna or even worst - some skinny Hollywood starlet that weighs 10 lbs and couldn't fight her way out of a paperbag. That said - keeping my money in my pocket this round.

  • July 25, 2011, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Mr. Mystery - The Mummy wasn't an action movie? Really?

    by impossibledreamers

    Are you being sarcastic?

  • July 25, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    Anyone here remember Cynthia Rothrock?

    by v3d

    She had a whole career in these kinds of movies.

  • July 25, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Yes v3d I remember Cynthia Rothrock

    by MrMajestic

    Yes I remember the horrors of Ladydragon 1 & 2. But also some pretty kick ass movies, like the few she made in Hong Kong like Righting Wrongs and a bunch of good American B-movies such as China O'Brien 1 & 2 and Tiger Claws(a personal fave). So yes I do remember her wooden acting, her solid kung fu(she'd annihilate Zoe Bell even now at her age) and last but not least her beautiful, stunning and awe-inspiring butt.

  • ...first one he's ever directed, I think.