Steven Soderbergh has directed many successful movies ranging from Sex, Lies and Videotapes to Syriana, Michael Clayton and Oceans Eleven. The latter three all starring George Clooney.
So, when he saw MMA fighter Gina Carrano fight he had the idea to build a movie around her character, and Haywire is the result. His fascination with her is understandable, and he takes an appreciable risk casting an unknown and inexpereinced actress in a leading role.
The risk I think does pay off. While she may lack the smooth acting technique of a more established actress, she more than compensates for this with her charisma and presence, her impeccable fighter skills, and fascinating physicality.
When an operation goes wrong members of a shady organisation, intent on cleaning up pursue her with the intent to kill. It's nothing personal just business.
I loved for example that she traveled to Ireland on a mission, and part of the pursuit takes place through Dublin City. The odds aagains her seem insurmountable, and she has to push to get even before she gets squared away.
Because of her fighting skills the fight scenes have a gripping realism, and usually she is fighting men who are also very skilled, and whether she will win is by no means certain. In one fight she is attacked by surprise from behind.
I have to admit I did enjoy this movie a lot more than I expected. It's a refreshing change from the formula where the fight scenes are obviously choreographed, and you MTV style cross cutting and slow motion where the heroines hair doesn't get mussed.
You can watch many clips of Gina Carrano on youtube, and decide for yourself if you are intrigued and I totally enjoyed the movie. I do hope it's not the only movie she makes. Yahwire boasts an impressive cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, and Channing Tatum.
I think you will love it, and I hope this was helfpul