If Jason Bourne had a female equal, she would most definitely be Mallory Kane.
A black ops soldier (Gia Carano) is betrayed by her own private government agency and seeks revenge after the person who arranged to have her killed.
An interesting thing to note about this movie is that there is little to no music during the fight scenes. Normally, a fight accompanied by a score makes the audience more emotionally involved in the story. In this case, nonetheless, the audience is forced to listen to the scuffles. Thus, the fights become more surreal and it’s also a testament to Carano’s MMA talents.
Steven Soderburgh has a different way of directing than most that provides for a distinctive formula to filmmaking. Soderburgh holds back the exposition long enough in the story to create a greater anticipation for the character reveal at the end rather than the outcome. With most audiences, however, this bold move could either work or fail especially with a solid, yet predictable plot.
Carano’s acting, while not completely horrible, still needs a large tune-up. Throughout the movie, her many facial expressions still don’t make up for the monotone voice she maintains.
Channing Tatum plays Aaron, a difficult partner and a love interest to our heroine. Tatum is annoying in his approach to portraying the character. It comes through incredibly clear that his character was thrown into the movie to provide contrast for Mallory and yet, Tatum comes off as someone who is trying too hard to be an outlier.
“Haywire” is a common story whose heroine keeps us occupied. It is focused more on the characters despite a lack of acting abilities from two of its main cast members. However, it’s a fun movie for those who love stylized fighting, surreal action sequences, and a strong, courageous female lead.
Jim’s Rating: 6.7/10