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Steven Soderbergh Blogathon- Day 2

January 15, 2014

 

The Steven Soderbergh blogathon, enters it’s 2nd Day, after kicking off with this post by me on Out of Sight.  On Day 2, Niles Schwartz, looks at  Haywire in this post. He  blogs on movies at the NilesFiles, which in his own words are “A little long and wordy, assembled with too much haste, but this blog is like the Death Star, and it’s always under construction”.   True to Niles own description about himself,  his review on Haywire,  like his earlier one on Polanski’s The Ghost Writer, is more an exploration of the art of movie making, than just a post on the movie here.  Niles examines Haywire, scene by scene, and keeps referring back to Soderbergh’s own body of work,  tracing his career path, examining his another movie Contagion. Reading Niles post is basically to get an insight into the mind of Soderbergh, and his movie making. In his words

Haywire is all about the threat of losing yourself in the simulations of role playing. The cliché about actors is that there isn’t a “there” there. This is why casting an MMA champ as the lead makes some sense: a good way to remind you that there is a “there” there is to have your face pummeled. And when bodies fall in Haywire, in contrast to many other beat’em up movies, they have weight. The fights in Soderbergh’s cubist combat movie are the most coherent scenes of Haywire. Early in the film, Mallory chases a goon, going out of her way to finish him off. “Why did you chase him?” she’s asked. “I don’t like to leave loose ends,” she replies. Beating up a thug is like putting a period at the end of a complete sentence.

 

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