Haywire (2011)

This is without a doubt a Steven Soderbergh movie. That being said, if you’re a fan of his films, you’ll find something here to like. He takes a lot of chances and when it works it works very well. This is found in a number of long “on foot” chase scenes with little to no dialogue. One really gets the sense of what it’s like to chase and or be chased by someone on the narrow streets of Barcelona. However, when these chances don’t work, it’s arrant and distracting. This is the case in his choice  of casting real life MMA fighter, Gina Carano in the lead role. There is a reason why movie stars are movie stars. It’s not always because they are beautiful (see Tilda) or for their ability to memorize and regurgitate lines (see Stewart.) It’s an intangible, a gravitation or what some refer to as the it factor. Gina does not exude these qualities and as a result the movie suffers. Such was the case in Soderbergh’s Girlfriend Experience where he cast porn star, Sash Grey in the lead. The fact that Carano’s voice had to be altered in post to make it “deeper” speaks to this truth.

I believe we should applaud artists who take chances or are allowed to take chances today in Hollywood and it’s for the chances that he takes that I will continue to support and see anything Mr. Soderbergh releases. Plus, who doesn’t love to watch a bad ass bitch kick a little ass?

Nonetheless, save your time here and see The Limey instead. Same writer, director team as Haywire, but Terrance Stamp has that it factor.


Anderson 05/2012

Rating Legend

Must Watch = 5 0f 5

Should Watch = 4 of 5

Could Watch = 3 of 5

Should Not Watch = 2 of 5

Do Not Watch = 1 of 5




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