MMA star Gina Carano decided to star in her first action film, paving a path for other female fighters along the way. Director Steven Soderbergh put Carano in the lead role and made sure that numerous big names would be present as well. Would Carano be able to show the industry what she’s capable of while simultaneously living up to the expectations of being the next big new female action star?
Oh, that doesn’t help, does it? The story to Haywire has been done hundreds of times. Carano plays an agent that’s double crossed by her employers, forcing her to become a fugitive and discover what really went on and who’s behind it all. Now, some people will give this movie slack because very few females play that role, but I’m not one of those people. Regardless of gender, this story has been done so many times that I just didn’t care about what was happening.
She looks so into character right now…
One of the worst aspects of Haywire is the character of Mallory Kane. For starters, there is nothing interesting about her whatsoever. Part of this is due to the script, while Gina Carano is also responsible for not being able to act. Carano shows no emotion while acting her scenes, and her voice is so monotone that it’s grating on the ears. I’ve heard that her voice was altered to sound deeper, and if that’s true, that’s just stupid. Whether she’s fighting a group of thugs or trying to look sexy in a evening gown, there simply isn’t anything likable about Gina Carano.
Story only plays a small role in movie like this, but the action is not the saving grace the film needs. The fights aren’t bad, but they are very, very slow paced. Chase scenes have no tension to them and when fights do happen, it just doesn’t feel like anything worthwhile is going on. This may have to do with more “realistic” fighting, but if that’s as fast as Carano can move, they need to use a little speed ramping. Also, the choice of music during the action sequences doesn’t seem to match the film.
She’s actually moving a lot slower than you think
Another problem with the choreography is that Carano gets put in a lot of painful situations just because she can handle it. It’s almost reverse-psychology as to what we expect for women fighters. Almost as if Soderbergh was like “she can handle it, so let’s splash her face with coffee, break a mug over her head, and suplex her into a dresser.” The whole time I watched the action, I was asking myself why all of that was necessary. It simply wasn’t impressing me, but rather making me uncomfortable just watching it.
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Is it over yet?
Haywire is a movie that got ridiculous praise for some reason I will never understand. I tried watching this movie in theaters, only to leave halfway through and my second viewing was just as painful. The action is very slow and unfulfilling, the plot is boring and predictable, and Carano does not have what it takes to be the lead in a film (at least judging from this film.) I can be called a hater, but I simply don’t find any redeeming qualities to watching this film.