Then, in 2011 there was Contagion (infectious at the box office I guess) and Haywire, with its sparse but amazing action sequences featuring Gina Carano and her randomly altered voice.
This year he executive produced a sympathetic Roman Polanski documentary called Odd Man Out, The Bitter Pill where he works with Channing Tatum for the second time (and Rooney Mara for the first). Then there’s Magic Mike – a movie about male strippers. [“You don’t want to know what I have to do for twenties”]
Perhaps it’s more than that? Though I don’t see much else. Just dancing, partying and the occaisional ‘maybe I’m better than this’ comment from Channing, all set to Rihanna’s “We Found Love.”
Soderbergh said in a statement early on that the idea came from Tatum and is based on his past as an exotic dancer:
“When Channing talked to me about this, I thought it was one of the best ideas I’d ever heard for a movie. I said I wanted in immediately. It’s sexy, funny and shocking. We’re using ‘Saturday Night Fever’ as our model, so hopefully we’re on the right track.”To me, this is a talented director who sometimes unnecessarily exploits things. Casting Jennifer Lopez in Out Of Sight, for instance. Julia Robert’s chest exposure in Erin Brockovich became memorable than the film, and the starpower of the two Ocean’s Eleven sequels, where he lost the plot makes me wonder…
Is Magic Mike and its cast of Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Olivia Munn, Matthew McConaughey and Joe Manganiello another gimmick that loses sight of everything or a good old-fashioned bowl of humorous, female-friendly entertainment?