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A couple of weeks ago a black ops soldier for hire Mallory (Gina Carano) was in Barcelona performing a hostage rescue mission for her boss Kenneth (Ewan McGregor). The plan went off with only some minor complications but was in the end a success. On her next mission she was instructed to go on reconnaissance with another agent named Paul (Michael Fassbender), but had to wear a specific piece of jewelry so he could identify her. While on the mission Mallory accidentally discovers the dead body of the man she had rescued in Barcelona clutching the very piece of jewelry she had been told to wear. Mallory takes it upon herself to hunt down and kill everybody responsible in her framing while on the run from every government's police.
For about the first 20 minutes of Haywire I had no idea what was going on or why I should care. Not to say that the story takes anywhere near the time Hugo did to get going, but Haywire is a slow burner. When the time did come where I figured out what Soderbergh was trying to do the film takes a turn around and actually becomes quite enjoyable. Haywire is a film I would recommend to anyone who is a fan of spy films from the 70s. The pacing and soundtrack really don't make sense in any other context. The closest thing I can compare Haywire to is the classic Steve McQueen film Bullitt. Soderbergh really surprised me with this film as I had thought this style of film making had been long forgotten. Haywire in a sense feels like Soderbergh was trying to recapture the early days of spy thrillers or at least give some retrospective on that genre. Another pleasant surprise was how much I enjoyed Gina Carano in the leading role. Others have already said it so I will not divulge to much attention or time to the subject and just say it this, "Gina Carano is Wonder Woman." Throughout the entirety of the film you could picture her in a Wonder Woman outfit and still take the film as good. One factor I did find rather upsetting was how little screen time Antonio Banderas and Michael Douglas get compared to Channing Tatum. While I know that is is Soderbergh's style to put big actors in smaller roles, yet having Channing Tatum appear on screen more than those two just felt insulting. The plot of Haywire isn't deeply flawed, but some scenes just leaving you scratching your head. Early on she takes a civilian with her who owns the car she is driving, all of which could have been avoiding providing they had changed one thing in a prior scene.
Haywire is not a film the general public will find that appealing. I went to see it with a friend who absolutely hated almost every second of it. If you are a film buff, or you just enjoy movies reminiscent of the 70s you will enjoy Haywire. Matinee