I finally got around to catching Haywire, and I have to say, it is an interesting movie, to say the least. And thus, an overdue PPV movie review.
Haywire stars Gina Carano as secret agent/black ops/ super soldier butt-kicker in a movie about a betrayed secret agent, mainly, her.
Other cast includes appearances by Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor (more than brief), Michael Fassbender, Bill Paxton and a few more.
The movie starts out with a quick ass-beating between her and a work peer played by Channing Tatum. We then get a flashback that felt more like a 70′s action flick.
All the while, in the present, she’s telling all this to a total stranger that she kidnapped earlier.
Talking to a third-party stranger in present time, telling him all this background info… for what reason, I’m not sure of. We’ve not been made privy to this reason.
It took forty-two (42) minutes to get the point in the story where she gets betrayed and hence, her motivation for her rampaging revenge. Or at least to the point of what I expected to see from the movie synopsis.
The action fun starts with about 25 minutes left in the film.
This movie felt like an attempt to be an artsy action flick. It all does come together, but after a hefty dose of patience by this movie viewer.
Yet director Steven Soderbergh took no qualms in demonstrating that he’s not afraid to hit a woman. Or more to the point, showing Carano getting punched and beaten repeatedly by men.
Yet even though she’s portrayed as a tough scrapper, she seemed to continually step into the path of fists, going toe-to-toe with her opponents. It was odd to see that she’s treated like any other man in a fight and for some, can be upsetting to watch.
But moments like someone running away on the beach, and heads in the only direction where there’s a cliff, getting trapped, confuses me. And there were a few disjointed scenes like that throughout.
This “Joe the Plumber” movie-goer is glad he didn’t spend the money at the movie theater and is almost having buyers remorse for dropping money on the rental.
I think it will be a likable movie if you already pay for a movie channel and it comes up.
Haywire isn’t bad. I’ll give it that. It’s just not my cup of tea.