Here’s a caveat: Steven Soderbergh is one of my favorite director and thus I framed his movies on a higher judgement inevitably leveraged by my higher expectations whenever I went into one of his movies.
What got me excited about this movie is almost the same with what got me excited on “The Girlfriend Experience” where he casts Sasha Grey. “Haywire” immediately went blipping ominously into my radar when the name Soderbergh and a quirk that he casts a real Mixed Martial Arts (see “The Fighter”) sportswoman, Gina Carano to headline a movie littered with male casts that absolutely doesn’t need any introduction (McGregor, Fassbender, Douglas, Banderas, Paxton, and to some extent, Tatum). Tough I’m bit lukewarm with the end result (just like I was with “The Girlfriend Experience”), I liked how Soderbergh presents his tale, style, sounds, and all, and there are some select scenes that particularly shines. Also, I’m pleasantly surprised with how Gina Carano held her own and not falter away when it comes the time for her to put her acting hat. But more importantly, this is still by and large a Soderbergh’s film. And even a good Soderbergh film would qualify as many other’s great film.
“Haywire” is a story of a special agent, Mallory (Gina Carano). She, and her employer Kenneth (Ewan McGregor) specializes in a government sub-contract for, let’s say, a bit grey territory. However, someone (or ones) wants her out of the picture and before long, she was out, seeking for revenge.
I was taken by surprise during the first scenes of this movie. The sudden fistfight between Mallory and Aaron (Channing Tatum), one of her team crew, was so effective and sounds wise, very different than many other action movies I had seen out there. It’s, to describe it simply, the opposite of loud and thankfully, the trend continues all the way to the end. In itself, this is a two bladed sword. One group would gives it a much credit (I was obviously a proud member of this group), and the other, and I imagined it would be the majority, is definitely going to be adamant with it. At best. All in all, this scene showcased Gina Carano natural talent in fighting, and although I found out that some of her moves elicit some chagrin from the audiences I’m seeing this movie with, these moves are, as ridiculous as they may look, is a legit (not to mention, deadly) locking technique you would see at any MMA match. Of course, here, there’s no referee to stop the fight when you’re tapping out.
Presented in a flashback, the movie had some freedom to bridge the narration between locations and key events. Some plot hole may jumped out and showed itself, and it’s inevitable. However, I personally found that the script is plausible enough and the movie had held itself pretty well and not letting these holes to become a nuisance.
In short word, the movie first scenes is a good indicator whether you’re going to like the journey or not. As I’ve said, I loved the way the scenes and sounds traveled through the screen and the first scenes had taken me by surprise. A delight surprise. I mean, when the gun went off and hit the floor, even if I had described it as the opposite of loud, it hooked me right away.
A bit side note, my wife had drooled for the most of the movie due to its uniformly handsome casts. Even down to the non-speaking role actor. Her words, not mine, but I’m not going to argue.