As an action-revenge thriller rendered as cool jazz (literally and figuratively), Steven Soderbergh's efficient but exhilarating latest simply gets the job done ... no muss or fuss. With a taut narrative cast against a stylish but minimalist background, this 93-minute bauble shares similarities with Soderbergh's The Limey
, not surprising since Lem Dobbs wrote both screenplays. Mixed-martial arts star Gina Carano proves an inspired choice to play Mallory Kane, an ex-Marine and a black ops private contractor globetrotting for payback after being set up during an overseas mission. Carano is equally credible whether she's being seductive or kicking ass—the film's primary action are periodic fight scenes that Carano and co. stage like brutal ballets. Better still, she gets to hold her own against the likes of Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum and, in an especially well-done sequence, Michael Fassbender. While the action is often bloody, the emotions remain conspicuously bloodless. Still, this is more about watching Carano and Soderbergh flex their respective muscles.