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January 21, 2012

Kenneth: You shouldn’t think of her as being a woman. That would be your first mistake.

A fantastic way to approach a film by Steven Soderbergh is to have a good sense of what you are getting into. His newest film, Haywire, is a throwback to 70’s revenge thrillers that takes us on a globe-trotting journey. What elevates the film has nothing to do with the director, it has to do with the brutal action-sequences done by our female lead, played by MMA fighter Gina Carano, who manages to kick some serious ass throughout, but does not have much talent acting-wise. My main beef with Haywire is that it does not feature an engaging story, nor does it have a satisfying conclusion, but the well-handled action sequences are able to keep your attention in this uneven flick.

Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) is a contract for hire; taking various jobs involving government-related activity. She currently works for Kenneth (Ewan McGregor), who has her perform various assignments, most notably assassinations and escorts. Life seems pretty good for a spy, right? Well, everything goes haywire when Mallory is betrayed by her partner for a mission (played by Michael Fassbender) and she finds herself traveling from places including Barcelona and Dublin, where she searches for the answers to questions that the audience does not care about.

Haywire was number twenty on my most anticipated films for the year; boy, do I regret that. Haywire is nowhere near as good as I had hoped. I expected an extremely brutal, smooth action thriller that kept me on the edge of my feet. Haywire fails in that category due to the scattershot pacing. Right when the audience is all pumped up, we cut to a court room with Michael Douglas, or some time-wasting plot point that is immediately forgotten. Haywire is rated-R for “some violence”, which I should have taken for granted when I did not get the action film I hoped for. However, the few action sequences there were, were uproariously impressive. 

While she still needs some acting lessons, Gina Carano is an amazing fighter. As a professional MMA fighter, she performed all of her own stunts, including building jumps, flips, kicks, and a whole lot of punching. There is no music during the fighting sequences, making it even more suspenseful and realistic. In future pictures, I would absolutely love to see her with a more substantial action role. The rest of the cast elevates the film as well: Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Michael Fassbender, and even Channing Tatum all do fantastic jobs. In the long run, a bunch of no-name actors would have brought this film down heavily. 

Haywire is not a great film, it’s not even very good. While it may not have been expected for a film from Steven Soderbergh, it is expected for a January release.

Haywire: 3 out of 5

3 Comments leave one →
  1. kunderemp permalink
    February 16, 2012 12:56 am

    If you want to watch action movie, wait for Gareth Evan’s THE RAID. It will have limited release in US in March 23.

    I have watched both of the movie.


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