Haywire review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
From the prolific director Steven Soderbergh comes what at first sight looks like a run of the mill high octane action movie; any Soderbergh’s fan will tell you however that that’s just not how Steve does it.
For starters just take a look at the cast; Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas and Michael Douglas, as if the promise of such an eclectic selection of some of Hollywood’s finest wasn’t enough there’s the appearance of ex American Gladiator Gina Carano as the leading lady. The world number 3 brings a sense of realism to the film that could only be brought out by someone with the talents of Soderbergh; where most action movies are plagued by a lack of story and an over indulgence on visual effects and over dramatic fight scenes, Haywire has a wince making realism that is due in large part to Soderbergh’s choice to cast Carano.
Beyond the painful but thrilling fights lies a complex espionage storyline that is challenging and intriguing: black ops solider takes revenge after she is betrayed and set up during a secret mission. This is no masterpiece however, the action will keep you on the edge of your seat but the narrative is a little bit weak.
Overall Haywire is better than most action movies, but as Soderbergh movies go it’s hardly a corker,