During the latest episode of CinemAddicts, I expressed a few reservations about watching Scorched Earth. Upon first blush, the post-apocalyptic/Western mash-up seemed like a cheap B-movie that would end up as a huge waste of time.
The good news is that the film is directed by Peter Howitt, the director behind the excellent Gwyneth Patrow flick Sliding Doors, and Gina Carano, so memorable in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, serves as the lead. Along with Sliding Doors co-star John Hannah in the mix, the movie actually surpassed my low expectations.
Earth is now a wasteland where breathing clear air and drinking clean water is a luxury, as survivors need breathing masks and filtering systems simply to stay above ground. Attica Gage (Carano) is a no-nonsense bounty hunter who tracks down criminals simply for profit, refusing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Her biggest target is Jackson (a delightful, scenery chewing Ryan Robbins), a ruthless leader of cutthroats who’s lording over a fear ridden town. Attica eventually ingratiates herself into Jackson and his crew, hoping to find a moment to catch him off guard and compete her mission.
Hannah is Doc, Attica’s nurturing and sarcastic mentor who advises her not to steer clear of Jackson to no avail, and the story’s third act features the pair attempting to ride out of this destructive, one-horse town alive and kicking.
Howitt is clearly a fan of Westerns, and Sergio Leone’s Man with No Name trilogy is clearly an influence on this picture. Though it doesn’t have the narrative gravitas of a Leone flick, Scorched Earth has its share of solid action scenes (along with a refreshingly game Carano) to keep this boat afloat. As proven by Haywire and now Scorched Earth, Carano is more than capable of carrying her own film – hopefully there’s much more lead roles to come down the pike.
Scorched Earth, now playing in select theaters, is also available on Digital HD and On Demand.
Gina Carano proved that she can carry her own film amidst an all-star cast in director Steven Soderbergh’s fantastic Haywire, and now she hopes to throw down once again in Scorched Earth. The narrative centers on a bounty hunter (Carano) who is determined to eliminate a savage outlaw. She eventually infiltrates his gang, but before she can zero in on her mark she becomes involved in ensuring the safety of a slave girl. Though Scorched Earth doesn’t have the budget of a studio driven action flick, the movie’s Western/post-apocalyptic mash-up seems to actually work.
The flick is directed by Peter Howitt, the filmmaker behind the Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah romantic drama Sliding Doors. Hannah is also featured in Scorched Earth, and it’s great to see them work once again almost 20 years later.
Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Scorched Earth hits theaters and On Demand February 2, 2018.
She may be an experienced MMA fighter, but Gina Carano still underwent rigorous training to prepare for her role as a betrayed operative in Haywire. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the film is a virtual showcase for Carano, whose physical prowess is put through the limits in the picture. During the story, Carano pulls off very tough fight scenes with co-stars Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, and Michael Fassbender (the Fassbender sequence, which has the actors fighting like cats and dogs in a hotel room, is particularly brutal).
At the Haywire press conference, Carano talked about the extensive training she went through to play her character:
Haywire’s top action sequence occurs between Gina Carano and Michael Fassbender. Hired to eliminate a fellow operative (Carano), Paul’s job is to initially gain Mallory’s (Carano) trust during a mission and, when they return to their hotel room, eliminate her.
The fight just doesn’t go well for Paul or for that matter, any of the dudes that get in Mallory’s way to exacting vengeance on her ex-lover (Ewan McGregor). During the Haywire press conference, Carano talked about her intense fight sequence with Fassbender, who actually slammed her head against the wall (co-star Channing Tatum is also in the clip):
Although it’s littered with guys (Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Bill Paxton), Haywire’s main star is a novice actress, MMA fighter Gina Carano. Playing an operative who gets double crossed by her ex-lover (Ewan McGregor), Carano spends most of the film beating the living tar out of dudes, and if Haywire gets the proper attention it deserves, the 29-year-old will see more movie offers come her way.
Before her MMA success and nascent film career took shape, Carano was just another tomboy getting into trouble – until Muay Thai took hold of her life. Click on the media bar and listen to Carano explain how Muay Thai profoundly altered her life direction: