The previous trailers for Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire didn’t really do much for me, though as TK noted at the time, the second was markedly better than the first. I’ve never watched a complete mixed martial arts fight in my life, but I really like the idea of former MMA fighter Gina Carano becoming an action star. I never watched wrestling after a certain age, either, but that hasn’t stopped me from being a fan of The Rock. Even so, the trailers just felt like standard action fare, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t expect a helluvalot more than that from Soderbergh, even if his leading lady may only have the acting chops of a porn star.
Thankfully, what’s being billed as “the first five minutes” of Haywire has been released and it kicks so much ass. Specifically, it kicks Charming Potato’s ass. But the scene also showcases precisely why I’m excited for a Steven Soderbergh Action Movie — it looks like the best parts of Kill Bill and The Long Kiss Goodnight were remade in the style of The Limey. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve been dying to see that combo forever, so I really hope Haywire doesn’t disappoint. Though, I’d wager the woman who expected Drive to be faster and furiouser might want to sit this one out.
Unfortunately, the HD clip is from Hulu, so it’s only available to watch in the U.S., but I did find a YouTube version of lesser quality for some of our other readers. The scene is good enough that I don’t think it really matters, but if you have a choice, why would you choose to watch Gina Carano in anything less than the clearest, sharpest resolution possible? Both are embedded below, so pick your poison.
If you couldn’t watch either of those, or if you just want to see more from Haywire (and who could blame you after that?), here’s a much, much shorter clip of a chase/fight scene in which Carano slams a metal gate down on some poor fool’s already beaten chest. Bask in the glory of his likely collapsed lung:
Haywire hits theaters next Friday. Are you ready to be knocked on your ass?
Rob Payne also writes the indie comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his ware can be purchased here (if you’re into that sort of thing). He also read that Soderbergh altered Caranos’ voice in post, which was probably a wise decision.