Haywire

haywire

Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender

Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Rating: B+

Mallory (Carano) is not your average black ops agent. After completing a successful mission in Barcelona to retrieve a kidnapped journalist, Mallory is sent to Dublin where she is supposed to go undercover with an MI6 agent, Paul (Fassbender). However, Paul has different orders and tries to kill Mallory after their job. Mallory has to fight for her survival while the police force is on the lookout for her and find the people responsible for her planned execution.

Haywire is an action thriller that Hollywood has taken a new spin on. This film is not the average action movie where people can fight and escape with minimal cuts and bruises. When Mallory gets hit, she gets hit hard and it shows. When she falls down after climbing down a building, she doesn’t get up and run like it didn’t affect her. She stumbles and the audience can obviously see that it was not easy to get up and keep moving.

Haywire’s plot isn’t over-dramatized. There isn’t enough time in the film for character build up so it’s hard to get the audience to sympathize for Kenneth, Mallory’s ex, or Paul, who is just trying to do his job. The film follows Mallory as she tells her story. She explains to an innocent bystander who ended up taken hostage by her how she ended up running from the police as she hunts for her former boss. The suspense keeps building up as Mallory gets closer to her enemy.

Carano is someone audiences should look out for in the future. Haywire is one of the first few films she’s appeared in, though it isn’t her first action fighting film. In 2009 she was played a part in Blood and Bone, an underground fighting club type of movie. She soon appeared in the sequel to Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

While Fassbender may have a brief role in Haywire, as an actor he is busy enough. After appearing in four films in 2011, Fassbender had a few projects up his sleeve for the coming year after Haywire. He’s proven to be a versatile actor, from portraying a classic Mr. Rochester in a remake of Jane Eyre, to being “mutant and proud” in X-Men: First Class, and playing a troubled man with an addiction in the film Shame. Fassbender is an actor worth remembering to watch out for.

Back to Haywire, if you’re looking for a good action/crime thriller to see, this is worth checking out. Don’t be fooled by the “R” rating because there is not enough in this film to be truly “R”. Yes of course there is action, but is there an absurd overuse of cursing? No. There are no sex scenes, only a brief kissing scene. Other than that, this movie should really be rated “PG-13”. It’s short and to the point, so it can’t be a complete waste of time.

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