Soderbergh's Haywire gets a trailer
Steven Soderbergh is extending what he's done with adult star Sasha Grey in The The Girlfriend Experience (Filmstalker review) and widened the scope even further, for now he's taken the mixed martial arts star Gina Carano and turned her into an action film star, and not just any action film but a Steven Soderbergh thriller.
The film was previously titled Knockout and has now had a change of title and a trailer, and the what we see looks really good not just for Carano and her own stunt sequences, but for the entire film.
Alongside Gina Carano Steven Soderbergh has pitched Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton and Mathieu Kassovitz in an action thriller that looks high on both points.
The release of the trailer for Haywire brings with it a non-carriage returned blurb which I've trimmed down a little to get to the point:
Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive. Using her black-ops military training, she devises an ingenious--and dangerous--trap. But when things go haywire, Mallory realizes she'll be killed in the blink of an eye unless she finds a way to turn the tables on her ruthless adversary.
Now for the trailer which you can see over at Apple Trailers or right here:
It's a damn fine trailer and not only does she look great on screen and perform her own stunts with ease, but the thriller aspect around it looks really strong. I'm rather excited for this film.
If you watch the trailer you'll see that the fact that she's been performing her own stunts has most likely resulted in the film stars having to do more of their own, that battle with Michael Fassbender shows that he was doing a lot more than you'd usually expect to see, and that's something I like in a fight sequence.
I do hate the overly blocked and edited scenes to hide the fact that the actor is doing next to nothing in it, it results in a confusing fight sequence. I wonder if Steven Soderbergh will pull back the camera, block less, and let us see more of the wider fight going on, it's certainly something he's done in the clip of the Fassbender fight here.