Gina Carano has developed an
interesting pathway to
: through being a professional
fighter. And a good one.
Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that she’s good-looking, in a
girl-next-door, slightly hard-edged but still-a-little-vulnerable kind of
way. You might even enjoy a lunch
date with her. You just wouldn’t
want her after you.
Gina Carano plays Mallory, an
ex-Marine who agrees to be a contractor for an international search and
rescue mission: go in and snatch a
hostage held by terrorists, get out, collect the reward.
Work with a team of trained specialists.
Should be simple, right?
Of course not.
Nothing goes as planned. Somebody
has tipped off the terrorists, and they have set a trap for the
“rescue” team. Mallory barely
escapes, but now she has to try to find out who betrayed her, all the
while dodging her pursuers, and, when necessary, summarily dispatching
them. The rumor mill insists that
Ms. Carano instructed her fellow actors to not look up when she was
choreographing the martial arts scenes, because she was going to
”miss” close, to make it as realistic as she could.
At least one of them failed to listen, and had to seek medical
treatment. It’s the kind of
apocryphal story that lends credibility to the whole “female James
Bond” persona here---except Mallory’s not sure she wants to work for
her government. Because here the
only one she can trust is herself, and her ex-Marine Dad.
OK, so the action sequences are
convincing, but do we have any real acting here?
Oscar-winning Director Steven Soderberg has enough
pull to attract some very strong secondary actors: Michael Douglas,
Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum---all
of whom have been leading men in their own right.
And their participation lends some strong credibility to this
rough-edged tale of clandestine operations and spy ring infiltrators and
oily deceivers and violent double agents. The
complaint about the storytelling is that they utilize both a flashback
method and “real-time” scenarios, and half the time the viewer’s not
sure what, exactly, is transpiring, which is supposed to reflect the
circumstance of the main character, but it makes for choppy suspensions of
disbelief. Those who desire linear
storytelling are going to be a bit frustrated.
So in more ways than one, fasten your seat belts, it’s going to
be a bumpy ride.
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Interim
Pastor, St. Stephen’s