Haywire Movie Review – The Most Realistic Female Driven Action Film Ever
If you are tired of seeing skinny actresses kicking the ass of men three times their size, then Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, Haywire is for you.
Starring mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano, Haywire tells the story of Mallory Kane, a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor doing lots of dirty and dangerous jobs at which she excels.
The movie is mostly told in flashbacks as Mallory tells her story to a bystander (Michael Angarano) channeling the audience’s reactions. We soon learn that one of her missions included rescuing a Chinese journalist held hostage. But when she is doubled crossed on her next job by the people she trusted the most, she must not only find a way to stay alive when her equals are sent out to get her, but plan her vengeance.
I first heard about Haywire when I attended the Comic Con panel last year. They showed us a clip from the film and ever since then I’ve been looking forward to seeing it.
So what’s the verdict? I loved it.
Steven Soderbergh did it again, because Haywire is one of the most realistic female driven action films that I have seen when it comes to fight scenes. Not only does Gina Carano physically look like she can kick some ass (she’s actually got muscles!), she literally can fight. The fight sequences in Haywire are so great because they are choreographed very realistically, there is none of that Hollywood magic, and Soderbergh very smartly decided to have every single one of them free of any music. So when you are watching them, they might look less grandiose than typical fight scenes in movies, yet are much more fascinating because it’s like really watching two people fight.
There is one particular fight scene between Michael Fassbender and Gina Carano (the one that was shown at Comic Con), her kicks alone are impressive and there is no doubt that she can hold her own against him.
And that’s only the fight scenes, but even the story is pretty good. Of course it still is an action film, so nothing life changing, but still very entertaining. There were no rolling of the eyes in this one.
As for performances, for a newcomer Gina Carano definitely holds her own opposed to a fantastic cast. In addition to Michael Fassbender and Michael Angarano, the movie also stars Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, and Michael Douglas.
Overall, Steven Soderbergh brought us what is probably one of the best and most realistic female driven action film ever and that’s what makes him such a fantastic director.
So make sure you go see Haywire which comes out to theaters today, January 20th. And if you’re still unsure, I am including a video below of the first 5 minutes from the film in which you can see one of fight scenes from the film and get a visual idea of what I was talking about.