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Ten Word or Less Review – Hot chick wanted for face punching.

Not every movie needs a 1000 word critique but when Steven Soderbergh is the director you expect to be able to invest at least a few paragraphs of prose to the endeavor.  That’s a hard task on this one.  Steve sat down one afternoon and said to himself, ‘Self, I want to make a movie where a badass woman MERC beats the shit out of top tier actors but without any of that zany Bourne editing or plot.’  So he explained his idea to occasional screenwriting collaborator Lem Dobbs (The Limey) who wrote out a plot that couldn’t have taken more than 15 minutes and two beers to polish off.  Soderbergh hired MMA fighter/hottie Gina Carano as his star, then used his Oscar winning clout to get Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender and even the mighty Bill Paxton to come on board as Carano’s punching bags.  The fight scenes are furious and fierce.  There’s no CGI accentuation or razzy dazzy editing, ala Beckinsale or Jovovich, just good old fashioned knuckle to face, foot to ball, knife to throat brutality.  Soderbergh clearly has a hard on for watching Carano beat the life out of any and all comers.  If straight up, bone breaking fights are all you want, that’s all that’s here.  Anyone seeking an actual movie with an actual story need not linger.  Am I the only person who thinks Soderbergh is bored with making movies?


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