If you’re like me, you love a good secret agent/black ops movie, but they are relatively hard to come by. Haywire’s trailers looked good enough. The main character is played by Gina Carano, the unbelievable Muay Thai and MMA fighter. And it was also directed by Steven Soderbergh, which I am a fan of his Ocean’s trilogy…I know, a lot of people are not too keen on them. “Haywire” had mixed reviews, and with nothing to do on a Saturday night, I thought I’d give it a shot.
One of the first things you’ll notice is that it is definitely a Steven Soderburgh movie. It’s filmed in the exact same style as the Ocean’s movies, similar music and camera movements. It’s pretty much like watching “Ocean’s 11”, but with more guns and intense ass kicking kung fu sessions.
The story line is decent enough, for the first portion of the movie, it was kind of difficult to figure out what was going on, who people were, and how they all were connected, but towards the middle of the movie it was all sorted out. It may be a bit confusing because it jumps from present to the past then to the present over and over again. There’s also a random character from the beginning of the movie that sticks around for the rest of the film with no real explanation that I caught.
Overall, the plot is alright, the cinematography is enjoyable, and the action sequences are excellent. The fighting scenes are so realistic it’s amazing to watch. Gina Carano makes every strike seem like they’re actually being landed on the opposing actor.
Unfortunately, with the plot being what it is, not very original, and lacking in detail at some portions, “Haywire” was not as good as it could have been. If you’re looking to go see a movie that will get mentioned by the Academy, you’d better go with a different option. But if you are in the mood to see some ass kicking this weekend, definitely go see it.
G.I.A. Rating – 7/10
MPAA Rating – R
Runtime – 93 minutes
More information on Haywire can be found on their website at http://www.haywiremovie.com/