Haywire review

Director:
Steven Soderbergh
Cast:
Gina Carano
Channing Tatum
Michael Angarano
Michael Douglas
Antonio Banderas
Ewan McGregor
Rated: R

It was almost surprising not seeing Angelina Jolie in this.

“Haywire” is the latest film from director Steven Soderbergh, it follows the character Mallory (Carano), a spy for hire who is on the run after being betrayed by the company she works for, in particular, her boss Kenneth (McGregor). Because of this she is forced to leave a small diner abruptly with a young man by the name of Scott (Angarano). During their get away she begins to go into flashbacks about how her life got turned upside down.

The first hour of the film is devoted to telling the flashbacks where the second half goes into how she will try to set the record straight. During this time she continues to be hunted and has to be careful and watch her step.

The level of sophistication is heightened in the film mainly due to the direction of Soderbergh and acting of McGregor as well as Michael Douglas. It raises it to a fairly smarter action thriller than it would have been.

However the plot has some issues. After the flashbacks the film just becomes a fairly average revenge film and isn’t all that interesting. Also, the 19 year-old character Scott is abandoned nearly half way through and never has a resolution.

The main character Mallory makes for a good heroine and is easy to root for, yet she does not have much emotional depth besides maybe anger. That being said I liked her a lot more than I did with, say, the title character from last year’s film “Salt.” She does have an experienced cast around her which helps heighten the overall product.

The fight choreography is well done here, especially since the actress Gina Carano is a trained MMA fighter. Many of the fight scenes were also done with out any music which was different and I welcomed it. I was more engaged in the fight scene since all you could hear was things breaking and the connection of every blow.

The plot of Haywire leaves some to be desired and it under uses what I thought would be a main character and under develops some others. That being said, this is one of the better action/spy/thriller films to come out, it goes on the same level as some of Liam Neeson’s recent action films. Normally this would be lower, however, because of the nice direction, good acting on the part of the experienced cast, it makes it a bit smarter. This one manages to get a 3 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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