'Haywire' Director Steven Soderbergh with Star of Film, Gina Carano

Friday, January 20, 2012

Gina Carano and Steven Soderbergh in the WNYC studios (Melissa Eagan)

Steven Soderbergh is a director who is not afraid to try new things. His films range from a remake of the popular rat pack vehicle "Ocean’s Eleven" to the multi-part biopic “Che” to his experimental film "Scizopolis." On Friday his latest risky endeavor, "Haywire," hits theaters. Newcomer Gina Carano stars as a mixed martial arts fighter who seeks revenge after being betrayed during a mission.

Rafer Guzman is film critic for Newsday, and co-host of the Takeaway’s Movie Date Podcast. Kristen Meinzer is culture producer for the Takeaway and also co-hosts the Movie Date podcast. They give their take on Soderbergh's new movie.



Gina Carano and Steven Soderbergh

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [7]

ChristineFreitas from Randolph

Linda Hamilton in Terminator was the original bulked up female lead. Before Angelina, before Halle, before Gina.

Jan. 20 2012 08:43 PM

Female action characters would come a long way if A. their conflicts didn't center around pregnancy (see: "Ultraviolet," "Aeon Flux") and B. they wore clothing that actually makes sense, rather than needing to appear as sex symbols as well as strong characters (raise your hand if you, while fighting for your life, would reduce your chances of victory/survival by wearing heels and a low-cut top. Yeah, I didn't think so).

Jan. 20 2012 02:50 PM
Klydesdale from Michigan

After watching the trilogy on Netflix this past weekend, Lisbeth Salander, the "Girl with the Dragon Tatoo." is my favorite tough girl.

Jan. 20 2012 11:41 AM

Gina (aka Crush) was the ONLY reason I kept watching American Gladiators throughout the 2008 season. It's not only that she's gorgeous, I don't think she ever lost any of the "battles" and always showed great sportswomanship while doing so.

If Soderbergh or any of his buddies are thinking about a Wonder Woman movie, they should seriously consider Gina for the title role. (I know you're reading this, Stevie!)

Jan. 20 2012 10:08 AM
Ketih F. Young from Charleston, SC

My two favorite tough girls are Storm of the X-Men and Sarah Connor of the Terminator films.

Jan. 20 2012 09:04 AM
Theresa from Brooklyn

It's always heartening to see women take a step forward by being as stupidly violent as men. Ridiculousness.

Jan. 20 2012 08:58 AM
Lester from NYC

Diana Rigg in The Avengers.

Jan. 20 2012 07:00 AM

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