Movie Review: Haywire

A spy seeks answers when she is hunted by her former employers. This forms the basis of the film directed by Steven Soderbergh. Mallory Kane is an independent contractor who is assigned to espionage activities by US government. But when a successful hostage rescue operation turns the table on her, she uses her skills to survive while pitted against unknown enemies and also her former colleagues.

Steven Soderbergh is known for erratic style of storytelling with fresh perspective told through brilliant photographic techniques. Like his previous ventures, this one too has brilliant photography and innovative editing. But both these exemplary techniques fail to save the day because of a predictable script and inconsistent pace. The movie has an incredible cast comprising of famous faces and a relatively fresh face  famous in MMA field heading the cast. Both of this work but unfortunately not to the extent it can salvage the movie.

The initial part of the movie stands out because of the violent stunts and smart editing. The stunts take you by surprise. The stunts are also violent to make you squirm in your seat feeling both rage and pain of the characters. On the flip side, the pace of the stunts are uneven throughout the movie which doesn't thrill the viewer despite the acrobatic skills of the lead protagonist. Also the editing, in which flashbacks interspersed in another flashback in order to gradually reveal the puzzle, is interesting. But this is used sparingly to sustain  interest. 

Eventually, it is a movie about a girl trapped in a man's world. The girl is represented by Gina Carano and the men represented by ensemble cast of Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender and Mathieu Kassovitz. It does sound like an interesting premise. But this does not translate into pleasant viewing.

If you are an action junkie, then save this for the DVD. Otherwise, skip it.

Language: English

Genre: Action

Rating: **


  1. The star cast looks great. Bad that the director could not tap their potential.

    1. The director is so famous and is in demand, it is easy to assemble such a starcast. But it is difficult to understand his movie. On top of it, his directorial style is very different and can't be digested by everyone...

  2. Nice write-up Nona. This spy flick actually features some great fight scenes and stunt. It is edited right down to the bone and the production is about as slick as anything in recent years. Emotionally, however, it is on the cold side, mainly because of Carano’s stiff-delivery.


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