Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) is a female covert operative that's hired to perform jobs across the globe that the government can't authorize. After successfully completing a hostage rescue mission in Barcelona, she's immediately dispatched on another mission to Dublin. However, the operation goes awry and she gets double crossed in the process. Mallory decides to utilize all of her skills and tactics to escape an international manhunt warranted on her, and to exact revenge on those who betrayed her. Now while the film's plot is derivative, don't let that stop you from being entertained, because this is definitely the first good movie to release in January this year.
After delivering with the solid ensemble disease drama "Contagion," director Steven Soderbergh continues to prove that he's one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood, especially when he works a big A-list ensemble cast. Though the material he's working with is derivative, Soderbergh still manages to make it own. He chooses to forgo kinetic scores and handheld camera style when filming the action scenes, and instead relies on wide static angles and the sound of raw, visceral sound of realistic punches and kicks. Additionally, the marketing for this film is a tad misleading, because it's being promoted as an all-out action thriller, but it's really more of a low-key, visceral action film with a fair use of indie conventions.
Despite the minor flaws, "Haywire" is a stylish low-key, visceral action film succeeding on director Steven Soderbergh's smart filming style and great utilization of his A-list ensemble cast. While her acting will improve over time, Gina Carano is bound to be a future action star in the making, because she definitely proves herself as one with her solid lead performance in this film. Thankfully it didn't take too long for the first good film to release during January, so be sure to check out "Haywire" once it releases, but don't expect it to be an action movie in terms of the majority of the ones released in the past few years. Instead, expect it to be a little bit like last year's "Hanna," where while it's coined as an action movie, it's made in a style that sets itself apart from the conventions shown in today's array of movies from that genre.
Final Grade: B
Review of "Haywire" on Youtube