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.
positives: I believed the capability of Carano in the fight scenes. The film seemed realistic. Full of tight sequences and a good cast negatives: Carano's character is completely boring, unmemorable, uninteresting. the cinematography is most often stale except for a few moments
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.
It's a pity that so many use Tarkovsky's most famous observation to the recipient of this medium (which is worn by a lot as a banner in front of their own competence) but never really take it seriously when a film suddenly requires it. Best Soderbergh film so far.
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/