[dropcap style="font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;"] H [/dropcap] aywire is a film you may not have heard about, but which has an amazing cast, Steven Soderbergh as its director and lots of action. It is a somewhat classic story of a high-impact spy (private sector variety) who has to fight her own in order to avoid being pinned with wrong-doing or, more likely, terminated altogether. This is SALT without Angelina Jolie, but with a very serious kick-ass star, Gina Carano, who’s claim to fame is that she does all her own Marshall Arts stunts and she is very good at it.
First of all, you have to love a privatized spy world where the senior government bureaucrat (played by Michael Douglas) negotiates contract terms and “hazard fee bumps” with the scrambling private contractor (Ewan McGregor plays the entrepreneur who has all the usual cash flow problems and sexual harassment foibles of any hedge fund manager). Take this as my prediction that we are beginning to long for the laissez faire government days of the Reagan days. After 4 years + of government control of the economy, we ALL. want to see more privatization ….. But expect a tougher negotiation with the government than ever before. If you spy services are tough, you should see the fight brewing over the huge housing sector privatization shift just starting.
But back to the film…who else’s ass does Carano kick? Well, let’s see….Michael Fassbender gets stratled and throttled. Channing Tatum gets a taste of honey and then a taste of blood in his mouth. Antonio Banderas gets his bearded Spanish face punched in mercilessly. Only Bill Paxton escapes her wrath….since he’s her Daddy who lives the solitary Santa Fe life.
There is little complexity in this movie, but the action and fun are well worth the two hours.