Haywire

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>4</span>/5

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Time Out says

Posted: Tue Jan 17 2012

Only Steven Soderbergh could produce a slick, modern, cineliterate deconstruction of the Hollywood action caper that also manages to be a rollicking good ride. With the high-style ‘Haywire’, Soderbergh takes the most hackneyed, secret-agent-double-crossed-by-her-paymasters storyline imaginable, and directs the living hell out of it. In a move similar to his casting of pornstar Sasha Grey in 2009’s ‘The Girlfriend Experience’, he drafts in Gina Carano – AKA ex-American Gladiator, Crush – as svelte, skull-smashing special operative Mallory Kane.

What follows is a feminist tirade in the mould of ‘Kill Bill’ as Mallory navigates the globe and coolly makes a string of potential assassins – Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum and a ratty, side-parted Ewan McGregor – her unwitting punchbags. The combat scenes are ferocious, beautiful and refreshingly original, with the conventional frantic editing and ear-splitting techno stripped away to leave something closer to silent ballet (with pained grunting). David Holmes’s moodily effective Martini-time jazz soundtrack only kicks in when Mallory takes to tracking down her various shady aggressors. A horribly realistic hotel room fracas with Fassbender could even be deemed one of the all-time great fight scenes.

To prove that he’s taking all the pseudo-serious expositionary dialogue with a pinch of salt, Soderbergh infuses the material with various nods to Hitchcock classics like ‘Notorious’ and ‘North by Northwest’, and the finale is a brutal comic inversion of the iconic beach canoodling scene in ‘From Here to Eternity’.

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UK release:

Fri Jan 20, 2012

Cast and crew

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Screenwriter:

Lem Dobbs

Cast:

Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender

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Andy S

Ok, not bad…pretty decent fight scenes and lead Gina Carano gives a solid performance given she’s not a natural actress. She’s a tad wooden at times, but the supporting cast is pretty decent (aside from McGregor, who is either fabulous or weedy…here he’s by far the latter and utterly unconvincing as an ‘evil’ crime boss). With so many big names, many are wasted (Douglas and Banderas phone in their performances), including Paxton (looking bored) and Fassbender (aside from his epic hotel-room scrap with Carano). Still, it’s short, swift, pretty decent but the ending makes you feel cheated and undercooked. Rent only.

Brooks

I don't understand these comments. The review is spot on. This is a terrific film with a great script that rewards a little thought! And the fight scenes are brilliant.

Brooks

I don't understand these comments. The review is spot on. This is a terrific film with a great script that rewards a little thought! And the fight scenes are brilliant.

CKL

Bland and boring. A storyline was all over the place, characters that were completely pointless and I can't even remember the ending. don't waste your time or money.

Josh

''A horribly realistic hotel room fracas with Fassbender could even be deemed one of the all-time great fight scenes.'' Probably one of the worst reviews i've ever read so inaccurate it's astonishing and the quote about best fight scene is clearly coming from someone who doesn't watch many action films. The film as a whole lacks any type of substance and however much you try and cover that up with jazzed up music and decent camera work (although not sure it suited the film much) you can't hide a very bad script. 'Content is key' must be one of the first things they teach you a film school and I didn't even go. Films lucky it got 2stars from me. Time Out sort it out.

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Chester Copperpot

I've always trusted TO's film reviews so was very disappointed to end up watching such a dull, empty film. I tried to find the good points but couldn't.

MARCBATEZ

I've got three words for this film: dull, dull and dull. Time Out 4 star rating is nonsense and clearly sponsored

VioletP

The sort of film you'd see on repeat on Film4 throughout any given week of the year. This is a mediocre action thriller. It's not a 4 star film - that would put it up in possible Oscar nomination categories - this is a two star film.

Mike

Zzzzzzzzzz.  David Jenkins/TO:  4 stars? You must be kidding.

Marsellus

Watched this the other day and was disappointed. After all the reviews that mentioned 'deconstruction of the genre', I was expecting something with far more wit. You can tell from the lazy storyline (simple bad guys, simple motives) that the writer(s) didn't think there was much point in creating anything memorable as 'all action films are the same'. That's fair enough. Action films are formulaic. However, if you show contempt for the genre by not bothering to create anything half memorable - then what you end up with is not a 'deconstruction of the genre'. What you end up with is just a pretty crap action film - like Haywire. Look at the Bourne films (formulaic and unoriginal) but they are great films because they are done with so much conviction (great directing, writing and acting). Conversely with Haywire, you have a talented cast and director completely wasted with a half-arsed script. Carano stands out in her action scenes. She certainly shows that she's more than just acting - she knows what she's doing. Apart from that, there really are no other plus points with Haywire.

KentishTowner

Time Out's film reviews get more unreliable with every issue. Awful film, laughably bad in places. Complete waste of time and money.

Joe

A yawn from start to finish. A classic all image/ no substance affair. Cool, supersexy Gina Carano gets punched and pulverised in the face yet still manages to overpower all the guys. The soundtrack is just as daft. The only thing about the film that kept my attention, was her incredible likeness to Brian Molko from the band Placebo...

long cat

Pretty dull overworn story that felt like a remake of Salt. The damn music partly spoilt what could've been a half decent pic but it still moved too slow to stop me from slipping down in my seat to get comfy enough to doze off which fortunately I didn't. Some fight scenes are well choreographed but the A list cast is largley wasted.

audrey

not at all impressed.I could have spent the 2 hours at home reading my book which would have been more productive.

Ian

I agree with Andy and Archgate. Yes it is a feminist Bourne and I could see the best of Paul Greengrass in this. Carano is good lithe and muscly enough to be believed as an assassin yet still feminine enough to be more than a musclebound killing machine. Douglas is good as the government puppet master and McGregor is excellent as the devious boss. I agree with the reviewers Kill Bill analogy. Enough baddies left to make another film and the ending was perhaps too sudden for there not already to be a Haywire 2 plotted and planned. Good and worth seeing. I can also see the point raised re the style over substance by Scrumpyjack. Worth 3 stars but not 4. More of Carano less of the rest.

JOHN O SULLIVAN

Enjoyable romp.. was it a tribute to in Cynthia Rothrock ? I tried to check if Lalo Scifrin ever did the score to any of her films to no avail But what was the soundtrack about ? Still the lead weont win any acting awards but does kick ass in jaw dropping style So i would recommend even if to see Euan get a kicking

andy

Well,just got back from seeing this and while entertaining I did have my reservations.First off I have to say I thought Gino Carano was great.Not a bad actress and great in the fight scenes.Just not too sure about the editing.A little disjointed I thought.Main thing was though somehow never really drew me into what was going on.I know it was only an action movie but still you still expect to get a little more emotionally involved.Still worth a look though.

Blaize67

Mr Soderberg produces a wholly superior action movie. Lighting, soundtrack, acting, scripting and all are pure class. He really knows how to tell a story and you're on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Gina Carano is truly fantastic, lithe - gorgeous - menacing throughput. The whole cast is brilliant in fact. Great fun. Highly recommended.

Blaize67

Mr Soderberg produces a wholly superior action movie. Lighting, soundtrack, acting, scripting and all are pure class. He really knows how to tell a story and you're on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Gina Carano is truly fantastic, lithe - gorgeous - menacing throughput. The whole cast is brilliant in fact. Great fun. Highly recommended.

good but not great

Disagree - the music was one of the best things about it! That and Antonio Banderas's beard. Some amusing fights, and an amazing cast, but ultimately not great. Low point was that braided hair-do. I actually preferred Contagion.

scrumpyjack

More Soderberg "love in" eh? When will you learn T.O?! I saw a decent action flick with a really beautiful lead and GOD AWFUL intrusive music...as if a jazz band keep their chirpy tempo, playing in a bar while a nail bomb detonates! Far better than the sniggersome CONTAGION, file with HOLMES 2. Skin of teeth good. 7/10