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An action film directed by Steven Soderbergh

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  • Jan 21, 2012
Steven Sogerbergh has been talking about retiring from the film industry for some time now, that being said this is his 25th film in a little over 20 years. He has never done a movie involving so much fighting as he is usually known for his dark shots and dialogue heavy stories. He is still able to put his own spin on the genre and makes Haywire an enjoyable movie even if it leaves no long lasting impression.

Newcomer Gina Carano stars as a black ops agent seeking revenge after being set-up on her latest mission. She was plucked from television after Steven Soderbergh saw her beating up a woman in a cage. At one point she was ranked number three in her weight class and was referred to as the face of women's MMA. It didn't hurt that she was also listed as number 16 on Maxim's Hot 100 List. Taking all that into account while she is a very talented and blessed woman, acting is not one of her strong suites. Soderbergh seems to understand that and builds up the movie around this fact. She is asked to deliver very little dialogue and instead just be herself whether it calls for total bad ass or drop dead gorgeous. He also puts a litany of huge and talented male counterparts at her disposal to carry any scene and also get lined up for an ass whooping.

It is clear that Steven Soderbergh is one of those directors that can get any actor he wants. With almost no money in his budget he is able to go out there and gather amazing talent to surround his leading lady. He is clearly able to get his actors to do anything he wants as well, he gets Antonio Banderas to put on a horrific beard, Ewan McGregor to sport a dorky looking hair cut, and puts Bill Paxton in a mustache which is always a ridiculous look, with some notable exceptions. The limited dialogue which is important to getting the story across is delivered by men who have more training than Carano. She instead is put in her comfort zone and handles the hand to hand combat throughout the movie with nameless punks along with Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender. Despite his much larger size her encounter with Tatum still looks believable and her sequence with Fassbender in a hotel room is the coolest in the movie. The opening sequence may be jarring for those who are not comfortable watching a woman get her ass handed to her but as McGregor's character states in the movie "You shouldn’t think of her as a woman. No, that would be a mistake." She knows how to handle herself.

In a time when fight sequences have become full of quick cuts and body doubles Soderbergh takes a refreshing look. He shoots most of the sequences in long view and wide shots. He also uses long continuous shots to show off just how talented his leading lady is. He cast her for the very purpose of being a believable action hero who could handle the men around her. There is also no music over these sequences, he isn't trying to over-dramatize the scenes and lets the audience hear every hit and grunt. This is Soderbergh's first attempt at a martial arts film and makes it his own allowing the actors to do the heavy lifting instead of over dubbing everything with effects.

Soderbergh's head is clearly involved in the action and not so much the plot. The story is kind of ridiculous so don't try and overly concern yourself with it. Even Len Dobbs, who wrote the story and has worked previously with Steven, boils the plot points down by the end of the movie. It lacks any kind of convincing story to get the audience to care about his characters. The story seems more concerned with the visuals whether it be an action sequence or the background as he takes his movie to various locations across the globe. And if the writing staff isn't worried about the story I wouldn't either, just sit back and enjoy

Haywire is a solid action movie that runs at a brief 90 minutes. Gina Carano does a fine job as the indie-female version of Jason Bourne. It is a fun movie and much of that is clearly attributed to Soderbergh. He does a great job getting what he needs out of everyone on his staff and knows when to take his foot off the gas and let the audience enjoy the view. Plus it is always fun watching a woman kick ass. B-

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  • Gina Carano as Mallory Kane in ``Haywire.''
  • Opened January 20, 2012 | Runtime:1 hr. 32 min.
  • R
    some violence
  • Information for parents: Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+.
  • Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) is a highly trained operative for a government security contractor. Her missions take her to the world's most dangerous areas. After Mallory successfully frees a hostage journalist, she's betrayed and left for dead by someone in her own agency. Knowing her survival depends on learning the truth behind the double-cross, Mallory uses her black-ops training to set a trap. But when things go awry, Mallory knows she'll die unless she can turn the tables on her adversary.


  • Cast: Gina Carano, Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Michael Angarano, Antonio Banderas, Mathieu Kassovitz
  • Director: Steven Soderbergh
  • Genres: Action/Adventure
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    Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
    Release Date: Jan. 20, 2012

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