Genre: Action, thriller
Running Time: 1 Hour 36 Minutes
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Bill Paxton, Michael Fassbender
Synopsis: “Beautiful freelance covert operative Mallory Kane is hired out by her handler to various global entities to perform jobs which governments can’t authorize and heads of state would rather not know about. After a mission to rescue a hostage in Barcelona, Mallory is quickly dispatched on another mission to Dublin. When the operation goes awry and Mallory finds she has been double crossed, she needs to use all of her skills, tricks and abilities to escape an international manhunt, make it back to the United States, protect her family, and exact revenge on those that have betrayed her” (IMDB).
Verdict: It’s almost like a decent slow-paced low-budget indie film with a star-studded cast of cameos, only that it was neither low budget nor independent. Haywire‘s plot may be overused with scenes that may be a little puzzling but the action and fight scenes are gritty, shows how Mixed Martial
Arts (MMA) can be used in real life situations. Gina Carano‘s acting is quite horrible but her experienced MMA skills is entertainingly showcased in the fight scenes. This may be the film that has given birth to a new female martial arts movie star. The scores of the movie are pretty cool, sound like the type of music on Bruce Lee‘s Enter the Dragon.
Most corny line: “You better run…”
covert ops: [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] Not setting the cellphone to silent
mode when sneaking around spying, seriously? Kenneth (Ewan McGregor) casually revealing that he double-crossed Mallory (Gina Carano) by asking, “Is the divorce final?”, seriously? Kenneth has the chance to lure Mallory out by taking her father hostage but didn’t, seriously? [SPOILER ENDS HERE]
Pointless or realistic? [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] The part where Mallory runs into a
building from a cellphone shop – what is the point of having her carry
the white board (that looks like door) and then dropping it off for no
reason at all? And then the part where she climbs down the building and
falls? Not to mention about the part where Kenneth tries to climb the huge rock by the beach when he was being chased by Mallory at the end? All seemed pointless to me but they may had done it on purpose for the sake of realism
[SPOILER ENDS HERE].
The fights are realistic: Those who aren’t familiar with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) might not be able to relate to the fight scenes to enjoy them. Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques are obvious when Gina Carano fights in the movie. [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] Common viewers may laugh at the Triangle Choke that she does on Paul (Michael Fassbender) at the end of their fight but it actually really does work in real life combat. [SPOILER ENDS HERE]
Rating: 3 / 5
Second opinion: “Not bad, I was impressed with the camera works and the action scenes; the chick can really fight” (Josh Chow).