Starring: Gina Carano, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
So here’s the first film of 2012, that I’ve just seen today. Before the film, I picked up a few video games, I picked a pre-owned copy “Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion” and “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim”. I haven’t started those two video games yet, I am going to wait a while ’cause there are still a few games, I need to play before them. On with my review of, “Haywire”.
Plot/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.
Gina Carano, a sexy MMA Strikeforce fighter, has been getting a lot of popularity in the sport, that she gets a major leading role in a huge action film directed by Steven Soderbergh. Steven Soderbergh is the director of such movies as “Erin Brockovich”, the Oceans trilogy, “Traffic”, “Solaris”, “Contagion”, etc. Sodergh is a director who I’ve admired for a longtime. I’ve seen most of his movies.
This film, “Haywire”, is getting mixed reviews, but I liked this film quite a lot. It told a good plot, and the directing style was pretty unique like Soderbergh’s always is. There have been a lot of actresses starring the leading roles in action films over the years but none of them, really had the athleticism to be considered an action star. Gina Carano is an actual athlete who has it all. She has the sexy looks, a fit body, and she’s also a talented athlete. Gina was perfect for the role and she acted well in the movie too.
The fight scenes she did in this movie, makes you wanting more up ahead. She’ll make you cheer for her as if you’re watching an actual MMA fight which is what the film felt like. During the fight scenes, there was no music playing during the scenes, which is one reason they made it fun. They made her look like a tough badass chick you don’t want to mess with. She made it look like that a man wouldn’t even dare try to pick a fight with a woman, or she’ll kick your ass.
I was also impressed with the supporting cast. We could do without Channing Tatum ’cause I’m not a fan of his acting, but I did like Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, and Bill Paxton being part of the film who all delivered excellent performances.
I think this film is going to be a trilogy ’cause there is more to the story that needs to be told. The ending left open for another movie, of course. I thought it was a fun action flick. My only disappointment was that we need a naked Gina in these films, or show more skin at least. There was a little cleavage here and there, but they only showed them a quick few seconds. If Steven’s goal with these movies is to be sexy as hell, he needs to make her even more sexier for the sequel.
Score for “Haywire” = *** (3 stars as in “Good”)