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Haywire  : ‘Shit’, she’s no woman
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Thursday, January 26, 2012
Action
Steven Soderbergh
Gina Carano, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender
Haywire Movie Stills
A female covert ops specialist is on a hunt for the traitor who has put her life and everything she values in jeopardy.

The plot: Highly trained operative Mallory Kane (Gina Carano), working for a government security contractor in the dirtiest and most dangerous corners of the world, discovers that she is the main suspect for the murder of a Chinese journalist whom she had freed when he was held hostage in Barcelona. Mallory realizes that an insider has turned traitor and her mission now is to clear her name and catch the real culprit.

The good: The film begins with ‘shit’ and ends with ‘shit’ but fortunately between the two there is more than just that excrement. The action sequences are hard-hitting and powerful making the film immensely watchable on the action front. Gina is a strong dedicated character who won’t hesitate to beat up any guy who blocks her way. A line in the film that says, ‘Do not take her as a woman’, summarizes what she is all about. Two main points that help the film are firstly, the background music by David Holmes which is used very effectively during the narration of flashback stories and action sequences. Secondly, the father-daughter relationship that is subtle but brings out a strong bond between the two.  Even though his daughter is a trained marine, the care and concern for her by the father gives the film a sweet human touch. Savour the line where he tells her, ‘I haven’t closed my eyes since the day you were born’. The dialogues bring in a bit of humour to the film and a real life mixed martial arts champ like Carano makes the action woman believable. The short 93 min length aids the pace and suspense factor.

The bad: The movie can get a bit confusing when the events are narrated in flashbacks. There seems to be an overdose of action sequences in the first half of the film which reduces to merely one in the second. Those not used to seeing a woman being beaten up hard by a man may get a bit irked as the action sequences are just too strong.

Overall: A good watch for two reasons – the action and Gina Carano. Oops, forgot Michael Douglas and Antonio Banderas. What were they doing in those two-scene roles?

– Petrina D’Souza

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