Lethal government contractor Mallory Kane has gone rogue after being double-crossed and framed for an assassination while she was carrying out another job. She goes on the run to try and find the truth behind why she was set-up and who is behind it all.

Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s the plot of Haywire. It’s genuinely so hard to follow that most of the time you feel like you’re playing catch-up…

Like every other Steven Soderbergh film it’s beautifully shot and expertly directed with more than one amazing set-piece. All the main cast are great, particularly Michael Fassbender (who steals it all in 5 minutes of screen time), Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas and Bill Paxton (even, shock horror, Ewan McGregor although for god’s sakes please STOP doing an American accent).

Gina Carano as Mallory is…ok. She’s quite wooden at times coz she’s not from an acting background. She’s a professional mixed martial arts champion. But in this she excels – the fight scenes are all amazingly well choreographed and feel very realistic. There’s no music playing during these moments as well so you can hear everything and you feel like you’re right in the middle of it. The fight between her and Michael Fassbender (I may as well mention it seeing as how the film’s trailer gave that away anyway) is a particular highlight.

And while it is somewhat groundbreaking in the fact that it doesn’t slow down to explain things to the audience and it keeps you in the dark for most of the time, you still feel that Haywire is missing something… It’s like the plot isn’t only confusing, but that the whole film itself is confused about what it wants to be: an indie? A thriller? A drama? Maybe if the plot had been focused on it might have felt like a more coherent and interesting film. Sorry Soderbergh, but Contagion was much more of a winner.


~ by square-eyed-geek on February 6, 2012.

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