i went into this movie knowing that a lot of stars were in it and that was all. meryl sets our movie agenda and i told her a while back i wanted to see it, but had completely forgotten about it by the time we saw it. as i was watching it i kept thinking that it felt and awful lot like a steven soderbergh film. the long takes, the movement of the camera, the david holmes-esque music. it felt like a laid back ocean’s eleven. then the credits roll and it says directed by steven soderbergh and suddenly the world makes sense. and then it says music by david holmes and i feel like a genius for about 2 seconds. then i find out that the lead is gina carano who is an mma star. this makes sense for two reasons. she’s a pretty convincing fighter in the film (though the editing needed some work to make the fights tighter) and it fits the girlfriend experience mold that soderbergh made with sasha grey. in that film he got a porn star to play a prostitute and here he gets an mma fighter to play a mercenary.
the plot wasn’t exactly clear, but it was interesting enough to keep me engaged. carano cleans up nice, too. all in all it wasn’t a bad movie, but it wasn’t as good as you expect from soderbergh.Watched in theater