Steven Soderbergh has often talked about his admiration for Point Blank
, John Boorman’s stylish 1967 gangster revenge film. The Limey
, Soderbergh’s previous collaboration with screenwriter Lem Dobbs, was in many ways an homage to it. Their newest project together, Haywire
, merges their appreciation for that classic Lee Marvin film with modern fight choreography. The result is a lean and vastly entertaining picture.
The movie stars MMA fighter Gina Carano as Mallory, a former Marine working as a private-contract soldier of fortune who must use her prodigious skills in order to figure out who set her up to take the fall for a murder during a...