14.5.12

Haywire - Review


Out now on DVD.

Stephen Soderbergh is an interesting artist. He has made both beautiful art-house films like Sex, Lies and Videotape, along with star studded blockbusters; Oceans 11, Che and last years hit Contagion, just to name a few. He's also made some not-so-successful films, he's a yo-yo film maker, so you never really know what to expect. And while directing, shooting and editing Haywire under his various pseudonyms; he'll be taking all the credit for it, or the blame, depending on how you see it.

Haywire, although your pretty typical action flick, does things a bit differently. It lacks all of the CGI that is found in usual action movie and with Soderbergh realistic, and sometimes awkward, editing and Gina 'I do all my own stunts' Carano playing the star, the film is full of realism. If you’re looking for a car-jumping explosion dodging cliché filled blockbuster the new Mission Impossible is also out now on DVD.

The film starts with a casual, meet up with our protagonist Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) and Aaron (Channing Tatum). A cup of coffee, a little chat and a few gun shots later and she’s on the run. She's also taken Scott (Michael Angarano) from the diner to keep her company and begins to reveal why she's in the situation that she is. Here is where we meet the all star cast, who seem to be there only as glorified cameos.

Unlike most action films, character development and plot are paramount here and you'll quickly find yourself enthralled in twists and betrayals throughout the story. You'll also find yourself sitting through long periods of music-less conversations. A certain minimalism that can really only be answered by ending in bloodshed and Bourne-esque techno music, which it is unfortunately without.

Haywire however, with all the obvious Bourne rip-offs intact seems to make something refreshing. It's a clean and easy action movie, lacking most qualities that make an action movie what it has become today but still somehow works. I don’t know, maybe its the thought of real life celebrities shooting a film on our little island that excites me most, maybe its the comical way our Garda swat team is taken down by a lone woman, who knows.