Haywire

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Haywire is the story of a former black ops soldier (Gina Carano as Mallory Kane) who is now working in the private sector as a work-for-hire mercenary. Double-crossed, Kane is set up to be eliminated by her employers as part of a more elaborate scheme being built in the background.

It’s a revenge story, one we’ve seen many times over. So, Haywire doesn’t do well on the originality scale but it is still fun to watch. One reason why it’s fun is due to Soderbergh’s slick style in terms of storytelling. His use of music, pacing, editing and color tones is very distinct and helps accentuate this film as it does others including the Oceans series or when you something like Traffic. The film shifts well between dramatic exchanges and what almost feels like a mini-music video to break tension and give you some time to breathe until the pacing escalates again.

The actors are quite good, reaching sufficient emotional peaks and valleys while keeping the story interesting and the action both tense and exciting. The lineup of actors is also impressive and includes: Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, and Michael Fassbender.

Even though the writing is formulaic and predictable, it’s still well-written. The dialog is intelligent and the way the story plays out tie in well with some left turns here and there and the whole enchilada coming together to neaten things up at the end. So again, not overly challenging in terms of where the story is going, but still a fun ride to get there.

I’m a fan of most of Soderbergh’s work, this film is his version of an action / revenge film and is definitely worth a viewing.

reviewed by Sean McKnight