Mallory Kane (Gina Carano
), the lead operative of a Private Military Contractor
that does work for the CIA, is betrayed by her employer after a hostage rescue mission in Barcelona. She must then set out to find out why she was betrayed and take revenge on everyone involved.
Carano is a former MMA fighter, and her background makes her a natural choice for the ass-kicking, hardcase Mallory. Her star-studded supporting cast includes Ewan McGregor
, Michael Fassbender
, Michael Douglas
, Antonio Banderas
, and Bill Paxton
as her father.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
in his realistic mode, the film was well-received by critics but panned by general cinema-goers. It is a sparse, fast-moving action movie with no extra fat, realistic explosions and gunplay, and brutally convincing fight scenes, Carano excelling at her own stunts (and... competent in her acting). However, it has also been criticized for a convoluted plot, failure to wrap up several loose ends and some unnecessarily long, silent shots of doorways and such.
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