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There was no script, just cool fighting sequences.

Director Steven Soderbergh did the highly overrated Contagion last year. And now with this release, he’s telling people he’s retiring from movies soon. I sure hope so, because these last two movies have really disappointed me.

This action picture is stylish, with some well choreographed fight scenes, but so what? Aside from former mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano going all Jackie Chan on the bad guys, there was nothing else.

Screenwriter Lem Dobbs (who had worked with Soderbergh on The Limey and Kafka) did an amazingly fun film called Dark City years ago. There was lots of interesting stuff written into this alien world where folks had hazy memories.

In this, it’s a minimalist approach where everything is vague. You get locations like Dublin, New York, and Barcelona – and some of the best actors today spitting out dialogue like “Remember the Barcelona job?”

Those actors would include Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender (who I barely recognized with his clothes on), Michael Douglas (who really needs to stop playing these “Wall Street” type older guys who can calmly bark orders and appear menacing), Michael Angarano, and Antonio Banderas (who was a lot scarier and more fun in The Skin I Live In).

I can tell you the story in a few sentences. Carano works as a government security contractor. It’s a job where her co-workers might double-cross her, and not many questions are asked. That’s probably a good thing, because this script didn’t plan on answering any.

Carano’s look and voice reminds me a lot of Linda Fiorentino in The Last Seduction; but at least in that movie we had an interesting story.

Listen…nobody is going to say Carano didn’t rock the part of Mallory Kane in this. She did. The problem is – Andre the Giant worked in The Princess Bride. He wouldn’t have in a movie where he was just crushing bad guys thrown his way. He would’ve just been another Steven Seagal or Van Damme.

Since Soderbergh sought Carano out after watching one of her fights, you’d think the least he could do was provided her with a decent script. If we just want well choreographed fight scenes, we’ll watch WWF.

There was a scene when Carano rides in on a motorcycle, is walking around in a hoodie, and talking tough to an older guy. It made me think of Lizbeth in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; but in that, the female protagonist has a vulnerable side.

There were a few fun scenes (a car chase, a diner fight scene that would’ve been cooler if we hadn’t seen it in the trailers)…but it needed a lot more.

This movie gets 1 ½ stars out of 5.

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