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Haywire
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3 years ago By: Stephanie Cooke
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Director:
Steven Soderbergh

Actors:
Gina Carano
Michael Fassbender
Ewan McGregor

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I initially didn’t have any interest in checking out HAYWIRE when it first hit theaters. The trailer made it seem like a really poorly made spy thriller, despite it being a Steven Soderbergh film. After hearing some opinions on the movie from people I trust, I decided to check it out and was thoroughly impressed. I was thrilled to receive it as a movie to review since it’s definitely something I had been wanting to check out again.

This is the first film starring MMA fighter Gina Carano and I was mostly worried about checking out this film because of her. It’s clear that she’s not accustomed to acting, but paired with Soderbergh as well as all the other brilliant actors involved with the movie like Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderes and Michael Douglas, it balances out quite nicely.

I loved the fighting in the film and the fact that actors like Fassbender chose to do their own fight scenes against Carano. It was gritty and really gave off very realistic vibes for each fight. They’re maybe as flashy as some other action movie fight scenes, but I really dug how Soderbergh chose to shoot them and put them together.

I expected Gina Carano’s acting to be a lot worse than it was, but besides that, my only real complaint about the film was the soundtrack. I know it’s a nitpicky thing to get distracted by, but I always find that when it doesn’t really fit with the movie, it draws me out of the whole experience. Such was the case with the score for HAYWIRE… it wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t that good.
THE EXTRAS
Carano's Transition from MMA to Film: The start of this feature shows Carano in her MMA days and kicking lady ass. Carano talks about how she got into it and why she stuck with it and other people give their two cents on her as well. Steven Soderbergh also talks about how he decided to build a movie around her after seeing her debut fight. The feature also goes through her weapons training as well as her work with fight choreography and all that. All in all, it’s a pretty interesting feature for those who enjoyed Carano in HAYWIRE.

A Look at the Men of Haywire: A pretty self explanatory feature that goes over the men who star in HAYWIRE: Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderes and Michael Douglas. The guys talk about why they got involved with the film and what it meant for them to work on it.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I really enjoyed Gina Carano in this film and as a woman who really kicks some serious ass, I’m looking forward to seeing her in more action flicks over the next few years. Carano definitely has potential to be a superstar along the lines of a lady Jason Statham. I could really see her bringing it in a superhero film of some sort… DC, Marvel and company: get on this… Carano would make a totally bitchin’ She-Hulk.

HAYWIRE doesn’t have a whole lot of special features, but the features that are included are fantastic and give you exactly the kind of thing one is looking for when wanting to learn more about a film. For me, HAYWIRE is definitely worth dipping into the wallet for, as it’s a movie that can be enjoyed once every now and again.
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