Steven Soderbergh has quickly become the most reviewed director on this website, as this is the 5th movie of his I've reviewed. He's made good movies (Ocean's Eleven), OK movies (Contagion) and bad movies (Ocean's Twelve), so as intrigued as I was with Haywire, I knew going into it that it could land anywhere on the map. Looking to other critics didn't help much either. Many film critics really liked the movie, granting it an 80% on Rotten Tomatoes. Many film audience, however, really DIDN'T like this movie, giving it a D Cinemascore. The consensus was split right down the middle.
Haywire follows Mallory (Newcomer Gina Carano), a member of a covet operations team, along side Aaron (Channing Tatum). However, when her boss Kenneth (Ewan McGregor) teams her up with fellow agent Paul (Cinema Won Favorite Michael Fassbender), she is betrayed and has to clear her name. The all-star cast also includes Bill Paxton as Mallory's father, Michael Douglas as a government agent and Antonio Banderas as a spanish contact.
|I think we have found our new Wonder Woman.|
Filmed in a minimalist fashion, with little to no music in the entire movie, the very realistic fight scenes, complete with bone cruching punches and breath-taking kicks, feel fresh and like nothing else in a long time. With is good, because, even with the stellar cast, the film's plot is that spectacular. It's mostly your basic double-cross story, with a few, unimpressive twist thrown in for good measure. It lay a good enough groundwork for the film to build off of, but really the story takes a back seat to the butt-kicking Carano.
|Never overcook Carano's food. Ever.|