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Video of the day. Trailer for Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire"

The American filmmaker's new action movie.

We're very curious about this one (alongside the other S.S. film this year, Contagion). How does an academic-cerebral filmmaker like Soderbergh approach the dynamism of an action movie? (Sideline solutions seem to be giving supporting actors great hair: Paxton's mustache, Banderas' beard, McGregor's sinister pointy 'do.)  Filmmaking as an activity can often be seen as persons coming together to solve specific problems, ones grouped under the general aegis of how to film a particular something.  Action cinema, the most pragmatic and materialistic of genres, is one of the most obvious indicators of how problems are solved—the way space, movement, interaction, and dynamism are invoked and evoked.   Viewing William Friedkin's The Brink's Job over the weekend had me pull up Dan Sallit's auteurist piece on Friedkin, about the filmmaker's 2003 film The Hunted, which similarly sees generic tropes and conventions (not to mention a mediocre screenplay) as fertile ground for figuring out how a director directs.  I hope Haywire proves better than The Hunted, but in any event, it will certainly prove revealing about this recent, digital period of Soderbergh's career.

Lori
I think it is worth to see.
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Yeah, the trailer does seem a bit too simplistic and pedestrian, but I am looking forward to this one quite a bit. Soderbergh’s films a lot of times can be short-changed by trailers. To be sure this is one of the first times he has had a more direct action film, but he has directed action before in both the great Out of Sight and the underrated and wonderful film, The Limey. I’m glad he’s working with Dobbs again and even though this looks far more specific to genre I hope that the film could be a companion piece in some ways to The Girlfriend Experience and have Carano used similarly to Grey was in GFE.
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So what is this supposed to be, “Salt”? The female “Bourne Identity”? Boring…
Mac
And Introducing Steven Soderberg as ‘David Mamet.’
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This may be fascinating. Soderbergh’s really come into his own as an artist.
I don’t doubt this will work as a companion to GFE if only because Soderbergh’s the kind of artist whose art reflects a specific world view, a world that could allow for rogue special ops badass chicks and hemmed in pros looking for outs. And if HAYWIRE has anything to do with economics, which I suspect it might, it will be yet easier, Matthew, to draw the link you desire.

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