Marcus Reviews Haywire

28 Jan

Synopsis:

Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive

What I Liked:

If there’s one thing that everyone will unanimously agree with walking away from this movie, it’s that Gina Carano (with her fine ass) was the perfect for this particular role. While it didn’t require her to show much in the way of acting (actually no one really did), she was a force of nature on that screen physically. Too often are female action stars very small and slender so it’s hard for you to really believe that they’re taking out people left and right, but there is no need to suspend your belief when watching a well built woman like Carano. The beatdowns that she administered were really a thing of beauty and she made it all look so easy.

While I’m on the subject of violence, the fight sequences in this movie were downright brutal without being unnecessarily graphic. The fight choreography was very well done and Soderbergh’s creative decision to have no background music whatsoever during the fights made it feel that much more realistic and gave them a certain suddenness that completely catches you off guard (I couldn’t help but laugh at how some of the fight scenes just started seemingly out of the blue). You could hear every punch, painful groan and broken bone.

In typical Soderbergh fashion the movie was shot in a very low-fi way that gave the movie a sort of documentary-esque quality which I really appreciated. Nothing was too over the top or grandiose and it was kind of refreshing to see such down-to-earth/bare bones filmmaking in an action film.

The score of the film was very reminiscent of old cop shows or James Bond films which I felt was an inspired choice. The music really gave the film a certain “cool” quality that really added to the overall feel of it.

They decided to keep the plot of the film very straightforward and simple so that it wouldn’t hinder it’s overall cohesiveness which I really appreciated. Sometimes it’s okay for there to not be any ridiculous plot twists or life altering subplots.

What I Didn’t Like:

While I did like how cut and dry the plot was, I do wish that the back story was a bit meatier. While I understood why Mallory was double crossed, due to the lack of a stronger back story, there wasn’t a lot going on in the way of emotional impact. When characters started dying you didn’t really care because you didn’t really know much about them except the small amount that they showed you.

To go along with my slight gripe with the weak back story, I felt like Mallory’s father and Scott were so underdeveloped that they weren’t really even needed in the movie at all. I get that the Scott served as a reason for us to find out what happened leading up to this point but they could’ve just as easily done that without his character being there. Also because he ends up disappearing halfway through the movie you’re left wondering what in the world this kid is going to do with all of that government information.

There were a few moments where the cutting during some of the fight scenes got a little sloppy and as a film geek that made me kind of wince lol. Also the lighting was a bit off in certain

Overall:

While it could’ve used a stronger back story and trimmed some of the characters, I thoroughly enjoyed Haywire. It’s a cut and dry action/thriller that is fully aware of what it is and doesn’t try to be anything but that. With pitch perfect scoring, masterfully brutal fight sequences and a strong lead holding it all together, Haywire should serve as a great starring vehicle for Gina Carano and a hell of an introduction into Hollywood. A new action star seems to born and I can’t wait to see what’s next for her.

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