In Hollywood there are many different types of action movies. From the huge blockbusters with tons of money and lots of CGI. Then there are the independent-ish type of action films. Still large-budget action films that push a creative spin on things. (Hannah, Kick-Ass) Then there is Haywire, a film that feels like you are in stop and go traffic. Where at moments you are blown away by its style, craft, and pure rawness and at others bored to death (I miss you already Bored to Death)
As basically a Bourne Identity with a female lead, Haywire follows Mallory, (Gina Carano) who may look familiar from her time on American Gladiators, a rogue agent who is double-crossed by her agency. Now she’s on the run and fighting for her life back. Okay… So it really is a female lead Bourne movie….. Director Steven Soderbergh (The Girlfriend Experience and all the ‘Oceans’ movies) through raw and violent cut scenes creates heart-pounding thrills in every single action scene in the film. The problem here is that everything in between lacks any sort of craft. Gina may be an excellent fighter (and her boobs will keep anyone distracted) but her pure lack of acting talent and emotion keeps the audience from giving a shit. At times in the action scenes you don’t care if she gets away, you are only just sitting there enjoying the fight. Gina is so bad that she made Channing Tatum’s acting look great and holy shit is that an accomplishment. Even with Michael Douglas, Ewan McGreggor, and the Shame-less Michael Fassbender Gina’s lack of skill brought the whole film down on top of her.
As action scenes go, this is where Haywire really shines. They are creative, rough, and will keep your jaw dropped to the floor. If anything you see this year could be classified as an Action-porn this is it.
For those who enjoy the fighting and the action you won’t be really disappointed. Maybe slightly though. Haywire is a good watch. For anyone who expects any more than an action flick with a crappy plot and crappy acting you will be highly disappointed. And yes….. I did expect more.
6 famous actors can’t make up for one shitty one out of 10