Siebenaler: “Haywire” (Lionsgate/Relativity)Written by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
“You shouldn’t think of her as being a woman. That would be a mistake.”
Master director Steven Soderbergh makes a high technical and aesthetic mark with the high-quality “Haywire” that stars mixed martial artist Gina Carano as special government agent Mallory Kane.
This straightforward action film genre addition features amazing stuntwork and nonsense situations as Mallory finds herself as a target and wants to know why. The simplistic character development is actually built on the genre here. The action filmmaking instantly tells audiences what they need to know.
Mallory knows how to kill people; strives to make herself the best; wants to survive while protecting the innocent and trusts no one except her dad, played by Bill Paxton. This trust factor keeps relationships among the characters to a basic level as the “guilty-by-association” relationships include her boss, played by Ewan McGregor, along with other characters related to her “work life” played by Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender.
Michael Angarano (the teen character from “Forbidden Kingdom”) provides a nice narrative conduit who Mallory encounters in an establishing sequence set in a diner. The varying plot points then branch out into flashbacks among several international locations with minimal dialogue. Carano does her own stunts as the unpredictable plot still follows her predictable end goal – revenge.
The jazzy, 1970s-style musical score echoes Soderbergh’s 1998 film “Out of Sight” and enhances the visuals instead of a beat that only correlates to the action sequences. The quality sound, cinematography and editing all funnel the audience through a compelling, realistic experience.
This home video version includes English, English SDH, and Spanish subtitle options and two featurettes — “Gina Carano in Training” (a great behind-the-scenes stuntwork experience) and “The Men of Haywire” (a disappointingly short showcase almost required due to the high star power). A great addition to the action film genre that gets the message across without resorting to gratuitous content.
Rated R for some violence.