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4.0 out of 5 stars Haywire - An Underappreciated Gem!, March 4, 2012
This review is from: Haywire (DVD)
If you've ever seen the movie, "Point Blank" with Lee Marvin (which you probably haven't, poor you), you're familiar with the wronged agent/criminal/whatever seeking recompense from the baddies. Granted, it is a simple formula, but because it is so straightforward, it is difficult to pull off, much less with the style that Steven Soderbergh so gracefully stamps "Haywire" with.

Perhaps too generic a title, "Haywire" still is a feat that is hard to achieve - an action movie solely devoted to one character seeking revenge on another (or others), and yet being appealing in its atmosphere and storyline. "Haywire" is lush in location detail, efficient in its storytelling, and not insulting to its audience.

Big-screen newcomer Gina Carano is actually quite good as the protagonist out to right the wrong done to her. There is never a dull or predictable moment in this hard-driving story, yet the humanity is not lost in the shuffle. The performances are solid throughout with no duds in the mix (not even Channing Tatum!). Who does our feminine, but take-it-to-the-mat heroine need to dispatch with next? That question would normally fall into cliche, but in this film's case, it literally is a you-don't-know who to trust game that she must discern correctly.

What makes this film especially fun is the creative angles and shots cinematographer-for-life Soderbergh takes. There is not a wasted opportunity to make an old estate look beautiful, backed with a distance-shot of a full-speed Gina Carano closing in to jump onto an adversary and into the audience's direct vision.

This is a creative, illuminating, and original film which got sorely overlooked by the ticket-buying public. It is well worth the price of admission: an entertaining and engaging ride through a world which looks new, yet familiar under the steady hand of the director. Well worth a look for the entertainment value, and alone for the beautiful way in which it was shot. This is not your run-of-the-mill shot-em-up: this not only has emotional heft, it's got style, baby.
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