by Justin Stewart and Matt Connolly
The previews before Contagion got me pumped for Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire—about a government-programmed female special-op who is betrayed by dastardly state agents. Her father is Bill Paxton, her second-hand man Ewan McGregor, and the details of the plot also pull in Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, and Michael Fassbender. More stars than there are in heaven. The guy’s contact list is obviously impressive, and one can marvel at his prolificacy and still wonder if it sacrifices value. As crisp as they look and as briskly as they move, there’s an anonymous, assembly-line quality to his last few movies. Outside of a vague political leftiness, there’s not much authorial stamp you can place in The Girlfriend Experience, The Informant!, or this, though all are eminently watchable. Continue reading.