Plot: A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.
Cast: Gina Carano, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton ("Big Love"), Michael Angarano (The Forbidden Kingdom)
Verdict: Steven Soderbergh plus such amazing heavyweight actors as Douglas, Banderas, and Fassbender all seem like a desperate attempt at making an uninteresting character appealing. Honestly, I really wanted to like this film for so many reasons. If not for the stellar cast or my love for indie poster-boy Angarano, then for the fact that I was intrigued by the idea of hiring a real MMA fighter to be the lead of this film—and for that fighter to be a woman. All signs pointed to a winner, but then I saw the trailer and it was anti-climactic. The action looked really well-orchestrated and the collection of big names certainly peaked my interest, but in the end she's not very charismatic. Unfortunately, actresses have to "romance" the audience whether they're in a romantic comedy or in an action film. They have to make us care, especially if they're newcomers and they don't already have that built-in audience.
Release Date: January 20, 2012