Starring: Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Written By: Lem Dobbs
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 33 min
Imagine you’re out on the town on a cold winter evening. You’ve happened upon a club that’s playing the coolest sixties movie soundtrack style jazz music you’ve ever heard. Inside the moodily lit club, you find a perfect table with a good view of the band, and you order yourself a scotch, no ice, no water. As you listen to the music, you slip into a kind of trance that’s only possible when you’re completely at ease. It’s just you and the music, and everything is perfect.
Then, without any warning at all a stunning young woman called Mallory (Gina Carano) crashes into the room, and proceeds to beat the living snot out of anyone stupid enough to fight her. You’re not alarmed by this. You watch with passive amusement as the band plays on. It’s not spoiling your evening. On the contrary it’s just another element of your perfect night. That’s what the experience of watching Haywire was like for me.
This is sold as an action flick, but it’s a little more subtle than that. Steven Soderbergh’s brilliant less is more approach to the action scenes makes them more brutal and realistic, and you may find that a little uncomfortable to watch. Gina Carano was a mixed martial artist, and that experience really adds a lot of credibility to her action scenes in this movie.
This is a slick looking movie but a nice digital matinée would do. At home a HD viewing is recommended.
Gina Carano. There have been a lot of action movies that put a female as the action hero. Gina Carano is one of a few that are actually credible in that role.