Monday, June 18, 2012

Haywire Review.

Thoughts: Haywire, is a surprisingly great action, espionage movie, with one of the best new female action heroines in recent years. Haywire reminded some of another one of my favorite movie franchises The Jason Bourne Trilogy, although it is not near as good as the Bourne movies. However the action scenes are some of the best realistic action scenes that have been filmed. That is only one scene in the beginning were it was not realistic, other than that it was very believable. This is mostly due to the lead actress, Gina Carano, who is a  professional MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter and was one of the best in the world. So her fight style is very realistic and you do not have a hard time believe that she can really beat all of those guys in the movie. Even the chase scenes are not  outlandish. Also, unlike many action movies, there are not any explosions and it is void of many of the clichés that plague many other action movies. Although, it is no were near a "Masterpiece of the genre" by any means due to the plot not being the most original and it had a few odd scenes. The movie is surprisingly suspenseful and the espionage in it was very good. Since this is Gina Carano's first movie, Steven Soderbergh gave her an amazing supporting cast including, Michael Fassbender (Magneto in X-Men), Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan in Star Wars), Bill Paxton (Tombstone, Hatfields and McCoys, True Lies), Channing Tatum (The Eagle, G.I. Joe), Antonio Banderas (Zorro), Michael Douglas (Wall Street) although the actors are not in the movie a lot. Some of the early action scenes in the movie tries to be a little artistic during with the color scale and camera angles.

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Genre: Action, Spy, Espionage, Thriller, Suspense,
Release Date: November 6, 2011 , January 20, 2012 (2012-01-20)
Running Time: 93 minutes
MMPA rating: R

The Good: Excellent realistically choreographed fight scenes, All-Star Cast,

The Bad:

Warning: Haywire is rated "R", although this is one of tamest "R" movies in recent years in my opinion.

Plot: The following plot summery is copied from
Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) enters a diner in Upstate New York and waits. A car arrives and Aaron (Channing Tatum) joins her. After a short conversation, Aaron orders Mallory to get in his car. She refuses, and they fight, with Aaron nearly capturing Mallory. But the intervention of Scott (Michael Angarano), a young customer in the diner, allows Mallory to break Aaron's arm and escape with Scott in his car. As they flee, Mallory tells Scott who she is and what she's experienced in the last week, and these sequences are intermixed with scenes of their flight as flashbacks.
Mallory tells Scott that she and Aaron work for a private firm employed by the American government for covert operations. One week before, the firm's director (and Mallory's ex-boyfriend) Kenneth (Ewan McGregor) attended a meeting in Washington DC arranged by government agent Coblenz (Michael Douglas). Kenneth's firm was hired to rescue Jiang (Anthony Brandon Wong), who is allegedly being held hostage in an apartment in Barcelona. Also present at the meeting was Coblenz' Spanish contact, Rodrigo (Antonio Banderas). Watch the movie to see what happens next.

Plot: 7.5/10- Not the most original plot for a spy action movie but it still worked well enough.

Action: 9.5/10- As I said above, the action scenes in Haywire are realistic and awesome to watch at the same time. Gina Carano as Mallory Kane kicks all kinds of butt in the movie and the camera angles during the fight scenes are not too close up like many other movies and you can actually see what is happening.
Note: Haywire is not an action-packed were action is always happening, there is some good Espionage and Suspense in between.

Acting: 7.9/10- Gina Carano was very good for her first time acting and the supporting cast around her was fantastic as I stated aboved.
Note: After watching the movie, I discovered that Gina Carano' voice was dubbed over in post-production to edit the pitch but the only way you could notice it was if you knew what she sounded like before watching the movie, which I did not.

Special effects: N/A-

Soundtrack: 5.0/10- During one of the scenes, the soundtrack was annoying but other than that the tracks that were used worked well enough. Also something that differentiates Haywire from other movies is the lack of a soundtrack during action scenes, although it only added to the intensity of the scene for me. However, this might put off some viewers, who are not use to this.

Comedy: 6.0/10- There was a few humorous lines n the movie.

Would I Watch This Again: Haywire is a movie with some good re-watch value, so I would probably watch it again at some point.

Overall: 8.2/10- Overall Haywire is a surprisingly good action movie with some excellent fight scenes.

Closing comments: Haywire is unique action movie, that is a must see for action movie fans.

Recommended for: Spy fans, Espionage fans, Thriller fans, Action fans,

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  1. Sounds really good! I love the fact that the main character is a girl who can fight really good. And my favorite actor is in the film as well(yay!). I really want to check this film out sometime :D
    What is in it that gives it an R rating?

  2. Looks very interesting. I was like, "EWAN MCGREGOR? *rewatches trailer*" Lol. The main character reminds me a bit of Black Widow--at least her fighting style anyway. :D


  3. @Shena Tokala: It had one f-word, and the s-word used 4 or 5 times but I have heard much worse in movies like Super 8. The only thing I could think that would make it R would be the violence, although it was not gory at all, just some intense hand-to-hand fighting so I really not for sure but it was cleaner than The Matrix.

    @Jamie: Yep, I thought that too when I saw McGregor. :D Her fighting does look similar to Black Widow's doesn't it. ;)


  4. Okay, thanks! :) Cursing in films doesn't bother me and neither does violence so I will definitely watch it sometime :)

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