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Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire" and the Virtues of Getting Physical with Gina Carano

It’s probably a dereliction of my sworn duties as a dilettantish semi-pro occasional pretend critic to characterize this new Steven Soderbergh joint entirely in terms of genre slop cinema—there’s a prominent visual cite to Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep, for god’s sake—but I was still pretty pissed that nobody in my sparse, 50-and-up weekend evening art movie crowd was moved to stand up and scream “she’s going haywire!!!” This thing whisked me back like nothing else to days of sitting in a friend’s basement at age 13 with rented Don “The Dragon” Wilson vehicles on VHS, or maybe a good Godfrey Ho/Cynthia Rothrock feature—at one point there’s a fight in a dry cleaners where Gina Carano starts up a conveyor belt and I almost had a stroke thinking someone was going up on a hook like in Undefeatable, though I