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Directed by Oscar winner* Steven Soderbergh (Contagion), this dynamic action-thriller introduces mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, a black-ops agent for a government security contractor.
After freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, Mallory is double-crossed and left for dead – by someone in her own agency. Suddenly the target of assassins who know her every move, Mallory unleashes the fury of her fighting skills to uncover the truth and turn the tables on her ruthless adversary.
Featuring Carano performing her own high-adrenaline stunts and an all-star cast including Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas and Michael Douglas, HAYWIRE is explosive movie entertainment.
Gentleman filmmaker Steven Soderbergh leads a pretty charmed professional life exploring themes, genres, and intensely personal subjects that capture his fancy any time the spirit moves him. Thanks largely to the huge success of the Ocean's series, he's earned A-list clout and pretty much carte blanche to follow the combination of whimsy or serious interest that has become his M.O. in alternating projects that are either for "them" (Hollywood capitalists) or strictly for him. Hot on the heels of Contagion, his deadly serious and terrifyingly authentic thriller from late 2011, Haywire is a different kind of exercise in genre and formal technique, but cut from the same Soderbergh cloth of enthusiasm and impeccable craftsmanship. Both movies also seem to bring together the for-me and for-them elements of his career, letting him follow a highbrow personal style while also creating terrific pieces of entertainment that are easily accessible to the wants of cinema sophisticates and lovers of thrills, action, and dramatic ingenuity alike. Haywire is certainly more fun than Contagion as an out-and-out action extravaganza, with a silly and largely superfluous plot thread wound around private covert intelligence operatives, the shadowy government entities that employ them, and the double-crosses that ensue when operations go wrong. Using a back-and-forth narrative structure that shifts time and scrambles events as they unfold, Haywire is primarily a showcase for Gina Carano, a superstar in the world of mixed martial arts. Carano makes her screen debut as Mallory Kane with understated hotness and a constant barrage of fighting stunt work that reduces almost every high-profile costar into a mass of broken bones. The series of operations she instigates or participates in take her on a stylishly globetrotting adventure to Spain, Ireland, New Mexico, rural New York State, and points in between. She stumbles into and wriggles out of danger everywhere she goes with aplomb, kicks, punches, strangulations, and gunshots that are spectacularly choreographed and do not rely on flash cuts or the kind of utterly confusing shifts in spatial relationships that mark most run-of-the-mill action sequences. Though the substance is largely beside the point--motivations and resolutions are not nearly as important as the polished, methodical, or frenzied bouts of kinetic energy--there is some semblance of comprehension conveyed in the spare script by Soderbergh's screenwriter collaborator Lem Dobbs. Carano is only able to strike a few notes in her acting ability between kicks, leg strangulations, and other acrobatic acts of violence. Fortunately the rest of the ensemble cast make the most of their supporting roles by lending winking humor and reliable nuance to parts that might otherwise seem like stock caricatures. Ewan McGregor is charmingly devious as the private black-ops chief who is Mallory's boss and also her ex-boyfriend. Michael Fassbender plays an MI6 agent who proves no match for Mallory's Special Forces training; ditto Channing Tatum, who also underestimates Mallory's prowess as a lover and a fighter. Antonio Banderas is a mysterious go-between who plays a crucial role in the fiasco that comes to be known simply as "Barcelona," and Michael Douglas stands tall as an exasperated government pencil pusher who resents yet can't operate without the help of private-sector security and intelligence operatives. In spite of her inexperience, Carano holds the screen with her smoldering charisma as Soderbergh pours on the tense or languorous action with wit and skill. Haywire may be a trifle in the continuing experimental career of Steven Soderbergh, but it is a delicious confection nonetheless. --Ted Fry
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amazing & incredibly tight fight scenes set this apart from most action movies, during all of her fights you get the sense that she's acutely aware of every inch of her body & always in total control.
midway through the movie there's a great fight scene, and where most movies would fall back on in your face music... you get nothing but combat sounds during a life and death struggle.
her acting is great, especially for someone who's so junior... she doesn't mumble or stammer through her lines... her self-confidence really shines through.
my only complaint? WHY IS THIS MOVIE SO CHEAP?! it's insulting to the production, but awesome since you don't really have to think twice about owning this great action flick.
I first saw this movie on standard definition on a dvd I borrowed from the public library. I had never heard of Gina Carano before. She is the second truly female heroine I've ever seen in a motion picture. The first is Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in the 1979 science fiction movie Alien. Even though Gina Carano is no Bruce Lee, this girl can kick some serious ass. She is beautiful, sexy and equal to any man enemy in this movie. For Gina Carano first feature film, this movie has a lot big stars in it. Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas to name a few. Big time movie director Steven Soderbergh as director. This is not the Godfather, but is a great action movie. The guys will like it because Gina Carano is drop dead gorgeous. Girlfriend can kick some serious ass.
That being said, I enjoyed the visual texture of the film, the tight storyline (little to no fluff; just progression of the main story), and, most of all, Gina Carano. On the one hand, they obviously dubbed her voice. Those of us who remember her from her MMA days will notice that more or less right away. It's an odd choice partly because the voice-over actress has a very stern and unpleasant voice that doesn't fit Gina at all, and partly because if you take a big chance by casting an unknown non-actor in a film like this, it seems a bit unsteady and weak to cancel out part of that bravery by dubbing the woman's voice. Neverminding that, the fight scenes are outstanding; most especially the fight in the hotel, which I would rank as one of the better exchanges of its kind captured on film.
All that being said, just remember: it's a genre film. It won't change your mind about the genre or appeal to people who ordinarily hate spy thrillers. But if you are at least somewhat intrigued by that menu option, I'd recommend this film to you.
it seems like the women is meeting an old friend from a past government job,
the movie jumps around so much, from past jobs to whats going at the time and
then, it looks like a future job!