Some motion pictures manage to be two different movies within the same film. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragonis, for example, is both a martial arts epic and a beautiful dramatic love story. Magic Mike tries hard to be several movies – and ends up being none of them.
[rating=3]Starring: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Cody Horn, Matthew McConaughy, Matt Bomer, Joe Mangianello Director(s): Steven Soderbergh Writer(s): Reid Carolin
Did you know Channing Tatum is hot? It’s true! And Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh’s inside-but-not-probing look at a club full of male strippers, puts a lot (but not all) of the goods on display. And boy does he want to be a major star. Who needs chops when you have abs? Credited to Reid Carolin, Tatum’s producing partner, Mike broaches an interesting subject but plays it so safe that it loses any sense of urgency. It’s a star vehicle in which all players stay belted into the passenger seat.
Gina Carano steps out of the Mixed Martial Arts octagon and in front of the camera and proves herself capable of carrying a film in Haywire, the latest offering from the prolific director Steven Soderbergh.