|12.04.12||Netflix|| Whatever's driving Soderberghs little dabbles in whatever remaining genres he hasn't tried yet is certainly paying off for me because now he has the cred to attract real top actors to very small roles in movies that, with a lesser caliber of credits, would seems like very minor efforts. This for example goes from a by-the-numbers revenge action thing to some grand experiment with Gina Carano and layered flashback and obtuse spy-world storytelling. I really enjoyed it.|
Something about Gina Carano just works for me. I know they altered her voice which is weird in theory but I can't say I noticed it while watching, and I know she's not an actress and in a couple places it shows but for the most part it really doesn't, but mostly her extraordinary physique and appearance. She's like a super woman who is completely believable as a badass. I can see how it doesn't work for some people but it did for me. I didn't have any problem staring at her for 90 minutes.
With this and Contagion, I really wish Soderbergh wasn't retiring. Maybe Magic Mike will change my mind but probably not. Could you imagine like 14 more of these? Like a Soderbergh horror movie? or Soderbergh doing a western!?
Soderbergh's whole thing with cutting out to just score while presenting exposition is getting a tad bit old but certainly not unenjoyable... just a little expected at this point.
Plus what's up with David Holmes straight up ripping off RJD2 for the song during the end credits!? I've always been a fan of his stuff and especially his Soderbergh collaborations but this was just blatant. Real disappointed in that. Like they couldn't've just used RJ's song and had it fit perfectly with the score anyway? cheap.
Thos little things aside, I really liked this.