Dizzy from the latest crop of fast moving crime thrillers Crimezine is thrilled to report that yet another flimsy pretext thumpathon is heading your way. Haywire is the latest big-budget offering from Steven Oceans 11 Soderburgh.
Shot in Barcelona Spain, Ireland and New Mexico, Haywire is a set-piece vehicle, for MMA star Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, a Jane Bourne (or Bond) striving to make sense of a baffling world of Covert Op’s double cross and revenge. Yes, we know that sounds familiar, but bear with us Crimeziners.
Crimezine of course LOVES guntastic girlie flicks. Nothing makes us happier, but the pulchritudinous Ms Carano is something special in this department. Now don’t get us wrong Crimeziners, we love, love, love, the gorgeous—if more than slightly nutso Ms Jolie, but Carano is the real deal when it comes to nose smashing martial arts moves and boy does it show in this movie.
Crimezine has heard a lot of whining in Cinematic quarters that the awesome Ms Carano is no Academy Award winner, in the acting department. To suggest that she should be is to completely miss the point. Haywire is a full throttle uzi-toting fight fest, with some of the best action sequences you will ever see in a movie. If it is anything more you are looking for Crimezine suggests a season ticket for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Soderburgh has signed up a big league supporting cast to carry this movie forward at the box office, we get Channing Tatum as Carano’s colleague/lover/nemesis. We get Michael Fassbender as a bonktastic buddy with a ruthless streak. We get the dorksome Ewan McGregor to please the Star Wars contingent and Antonio Banderas in why don’t you smarten yourself up? mode.
Special mention goes out to Michael Douglas, who is at his reptilian best, and the awesome Bill Paxton who plays Carano’s pops. Haywire, was penned by Soderburgh pal Lem Dobbs, the man who wrote The Limey and the awesome Dark City. Crimezine understands that the old hack changed his name to Dobbs after the Bogart character in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (chortle). Keep up the good work buddy. Haywire is 91 minutes of pure entertainment.
Footnote: for Crimziners without cable, MMA stands for mixed martial arts, a particularly hardcore version of cage fighting.