Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Bill Paxton, Michael Angarano
Released to little fanfare (outside of critical acclaim) earlier this year, Steven Soderbergh's lean, mean revenge flick Haywire is one of 2012's best action films by a longshot. The chief reason why? First-time actress, and experienced MMA brawler, Gina Carano, a sexy but deadly spitfire whose lack of thespian polish is overshadowed by sheer toughness and Haywire's minimally stylized, pulverizing fight sequences—all of which Carano performs without any stunt doubles.
Playing a government agent hell-bent on destroying the superiors who left her for dead, Carano lays waste to Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, and countless others with a ferocity unseen from a lady since the days of Cynthia Rothrock.