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½ June 21, 2018
If I could give it zero stars I would. Bloody awful film.
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½ June 16, 2018
If you've ever wondered what Mission Impossible or Kill Bill would have been like if made by Soderbergh, now you have the answer. The fight scenes are pretty efficient but the formulaic plot holds no surprises, with irregular pacing and apathetic action scenes.
½ April 15, 2018
Original take on fights, odd looking yet interesting characters, Gina Carano, so yeah.
½ December 10, 2017
Not as good as the reviewers made it out to be.
October 25, 2017
Everything was so wooden, the acting, the story, the camerawork, the fight scenes... just all around dull. Nothing interested me, wasn't even cheesy enough to rate real terrible rating, just standard bad. Doubt I'll remember anything about this film a week from now.
September 21, 2017
For once I agree with most of the critics. This movie is a waste of such a good cast. Director tried way too hard to be stylish. That made the flow "haywire".
½ August 15, 2017
While the middle portion of the film feels middling and the ending makes the film feel minor in the established espionage genre, the film still contains great action scenes, a tight, intriguing mystery, and a great cast making it a fun, interesting addition to the spy genre.
½ June 24, 2017
I mostly dug this, especially the action and the tone (I have no interest in MMA but I like that kind of grapple-fighting when represented in action movies) but Carano's single facial expression and flat affect are a pretty big liability, and the plot is oddly paced and has no sense of scope so it feels unsatisfying at the end. I enjoyed myself but I can understand why you wouldn't.
June 11, 2017
Generally dull, the action feels very real but is so limply directed it takes all the heft out of it. Despite the solid cameos, SKIP.
February 26, 2017
just awful, critics are stupid.
January 30, 2017
Tanto rumore per nulla.
Il cast č molto ricco, la trama di spionaggio e contro-spionaggio č fitta perņ non convince appieno.Alla fine il film finisce lasciandoti ancora della "fame" addosso.
½ January 20, 2017
Brutal fight scenes. Fassbender really didn't look himself for some reason.
January 18, 2017
Carano isn't all that charismatic in her first leading role, but she is still fun to watch. The first fight with Channing Tatum is probably the coolest realistic fight on film and the one with Michael Fassbender is a masterpiece. The story is a fun, not very substantial spy plot yet it is still better than the last three James Bond movies. The exceptional fight scenes are right up there with the 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Ong Bak, Ip Man 3, Drunken Master 2, and Game of Death (and those are the best martial arts movies ever).
½ December 18, 2016
A well made movie of the genre. Excellent debut from the lead actress. Great cast
December 11, 2016
Clearly the endgame for Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire" (2011) is to give MMA fighter Gina Carano plentiful opportunity to promote herself as Steven Seagal with sex appeal, spunk, and estrogen, but with her limited charisma unmatched by her emboldened physicality, the film becomes less about Carano and more about Soderbergh (a versatile filmmaker with no prior experience with the action genre) trying to prove to himself that he can switch gears and pretend that he's Tarantino directing "Kill Bill Vol. 1" (2003).
But Soderbergh's all flash and no pan, an assembler of cool style given no outlet to three-dimensionalize. His determination to characterize "Haywire" as understated revenge fodder only highlights Carano's inexperience as an actress - without his name backing the project and without the astonishingly high number of A-list actors serving as his support team, it'd be unsurprising if all in front of us were actually a 1990s era Jean-Claude Van Damme direct-to-video vehicle that never quite flew.
The story's too connect the dots to register as anything more than fluff. In "Haywire," Carano is Mallory Kane, a black ops agent on the run from the law following her being framed for murder by her cunning employers. Told almost exclusively in flashback - we're introduced to her character smack dab in the middle of her rendezvous with serious danger - we go through the motions of her backstory as told to the civilian (Michael Angarano) she steals the car of.
Her bosses and peers played by an assortment of big names featured in thankless roles (the ensemble comprised of none other than Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, and Antonio Banderas) - suppose anyone's willing to work with Soderbergh ("Traffic," "Ocean's Eleven") no matter the feature - "Haywire's" incapable of being seen as a film and not as a point to be proven. Its performances so mechanical and its plot so "Point Blank" (1967) lite, it's about as able to encourage pulse-poundings as well as Cindy Crawford's acting debut - it's functional and effective when it needs to be (the fight sequences are the only moments able to inspire any kind of reaction), but it's action filler missing a necessary frenetic component.
Carano's attractive and an efficient performer - just look at her steal scenes in "Fast & Furious 6" (2013) - but her slim range enforces conclusions that she's better off a character actress to be confined to meaty supporting roles. The abundance of leading men by her side conversely reminds us why the majority are leading men and not underdogs, and Soderbergh, accomplished as he is, wasn't made to direct movies with escapist violence at the forefront - he's too much a humanistic artist to bait popcorn simplicity. And so "Haywire's" a mixed bag, proficiently made and acted but unable to connect. It's diversion without the fun.
December 9, 2016
A good Soderbergh action movie without any prevention. A crush on Gina Carano... she's a killer queen!!
October 30, 2016
It's a double-cross shoot-em-up, but it's a pretty good one! The film is better if you watch the bonus feature about Gina Carano's training.
October 20, 2016
Such a great action flick with a female lead that is so killer + cool! I was really impressed!
September 29, 2016
This action movie begins very slowly but picks up pace about a quarter way through. With as many name stars - Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas - one expects more than this delivers. Gina Carano did a decent enough job, but she reminded me a bit of Derek Zoolander in many scenes. She's trying for different looks to convey feelings, but they all ending up just looking constipated.
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