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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Haywire Quick Review

Haywire Quick Review
2012, 93 minutes
Rated R for some language

Haywire is the other new film by Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Contagion) starring Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas and Antonio Banderas.  It follows a Black Ops woman, Malory Kane (Carano), who, when betrayed, goes out for revenge.  Sounds interesting, right?  I was not expecting a great film, but I did expect a fun, action-packed thrill ride. I didn't get it.  This movie fails on nearly all levels, save for a nice score, and one great action scene towards the beginning.  Carano is a phenomenal martial artist, but she does not match that in the acting department.  Even Fassbender and the supporting cast don't deliver.  The script is poorly-written and is not original.  I don't always need originality, but this one literally adds nothing to the genre.  The action scenes, which are not exciting, have no music during them, making them bland.  Even the ending of the film and the reason for betrayal is dumb and uninteresting.  Overall, this film felt like an Indian dish without the curry: a base with no spice.

-Joshua Handler

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