You must thought you are in another movie page,no one could say that about Haywire..
This summer I'm working my way through the filmographies of my favourite directors, rather than sampling a little bit of everything as I usually do. Looks like the next few months will be Soderbergh and Antonioni. Which of course brings me to Haywire, a kinetic action film that might lack soul but has a lot of fun getting to its endpoint nonetheless. If nothing else, I'm a sucker for Ewan McGregor.
I appreciate seeing a woman who kicks ass and looks convincing doing it, and I'll take that any time over another Kate Beckinsale or Milla Jovovich, but even with an all-star cast and a stylish look/score everything about this film feels like a phoned-in genre exercise. The tone is completely detached; a whole lot of nothing hinging on a series of fight setpieces and awkwardly delivered lines.
A refreshing take on the spy action thriller genre. I love the way the score emphasizes the instrumentation that's usually muted in other movies.
The fight sequences were very well choreographed but besides that is failed on all other accounts for me. The story was just the most recycled story in Hollywood except it's a woman who got double crossed. That's it no great twist at the end, acting was so-so. All said and done this movie was a bust. I had to watch another movie because if I died in my sleep I didn't want this to be the last movie I ever saw.
Haywire had lots going for it: Great actors, realistic fight and action sequences (none of that shaky-cam CGI riddled stuff), a stylish look, a range of international on-location shoots, terrific soundtrack, and overall a great all-round feel. The one issue is that this was more a collection of good set pieces without an overall involving consistent story line. Still, well worth a look.
Yes I did love Haywire, I guess I'm one of the few who got such a kick out of this smart, savvy, stylish espionage action flick showcasing phenomenol real life women's mixed martial arts athlete Gina Carano, supported by a sterling cast including a fantastic (as always) Michael Fassbender). Here's my Review of "Haywire". http://guitarinternational.com/2012/01/29/haywire-film-and-score-review/
What you're probably looking at is "Ohhhh, this is so boring. The title is a lie!" What I'm looking at is something quite refreshing and unique.
Oh, Steven, Steven... you're loosing it! I'm worried this film missed the cutting room... and the screenplay, and the... ok I'll stop
not sure why so many people feel this is a misfire. worked for me - delivered coherent, well-choreographed fight sequences. was also briskly paced at 92 minutes, featured great camera work as per usual from Soderbergh... and oh yeah, that Gina Carano - she can kick my ass any day.
Soderbergh's first 'miss' since The Good German. I suspect the problem here (as well as there) is that this is a genre that demands some level of connection; something needs to be at stake. There's something almost perfunctory about the use of the plot here, almost secondary, as if S.S. is just using it as an excuse to show off his various formalist strategies; a jump-cut here, some black and white there, let's try this with music, now without, etc. The balance was perfect in his last few movies - 'form' and 'content' perfectly interwoven; a beautiful accord - but here it never really develops into something of substance.
Carano is great in the lead (the camera loves her), but there's nothing to support her. She's lost in this system of deconstructed conventions and action movie clichés. I guess the film is ultimately too conventional to be exciting, but too different to be conventional. It doesn't play by the rules, like Out of Sight or Traffic, but neither does it thrown them out of the window, like The Informant! or Ocean's Twelve.
Haywire will not be remembered as Soderberg's best piece, but watching Carano kick, choke, crack and crush men about twice her size in a rampant revenge story is thoroughly entertaining.
The king of the cut really dropped the ball on this. The dialogue is too hip for its own good. The score is extremely obnoxious -this isn't a french heist film. Bizarre pacing throughout and then frankly disrespectful recap edits eliminating any opportunity for cognitive enjoyment. The fight scenes were good, i'll give it that. So disappointed.
Finally! A movie where the impact of a fight scene isn't completely lost in a flurry of camera movement. These fights are brutal and beautifully choreographed. More than that, the script is tight and no-nonsense, helped immensely by a fantastic cast and Soderbergh (as always) directs the hell out of all of it.
What a piece of shit,, had the misfortune watching this and i couldn't believe how B-Movie/late night TV kind of film this was..hard to even take it seriously, as said below, it almost seems like a parody of spy-thrillers, sadly there are no indications whatsoever that this was the case.
Stylish thriller from director Steven Soderbergh tells the story of a sexy agent for hire who finds herself betrayed and on the run from unknown assailants. A terrific ensemble casts headlines this highly entertaining action yarn, featuring stunning action sequences and gorgeous cinematography. Great fun all the way around.