THE PLOT THUS FAR
A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
The film centers on Mallory Kane, an operative with a private firm that is often contracted to handle jobs that the U.S. government doesn’t want to get its hands dirty with. Mallory just recently completed a job in Barcelona, freeing a hostage, and followed that up with a mission to Dublin to make contact with an Eastern European asset that her firm wants to begin a relationship with. However, things quickly go South as the operative she was partnered with for the job attempts to kill her and she finds herself on the run, with her former employer, Kenneth chasing after her with intentions of taking her out. Mallory must now try to unravel why she is a target and save her own skin at the same time.
“Haywire” isn’t really trying to be original, big, or loud. Haywire is one of Soderbergh’s experiments. The story may not be original but he tells it in a pretty clever way. The first half of the film takes place on a car and shows a lot of flashbacks. The scenes are pretty slick. The action is silent but it’s pretty awesome. Gina Carano made every fights dangerously exciting. The other stars does their thing but they don’t appear that much. It’s one of Soderbergh’s trademarks. He casts some big stars but they end up being minor characters.
The DVD comes with featurettes and trailers. I would’ve loved to have had a Soderbergh commentary, but that guy seems to be committed to a work ethic that seemed to have left Hollywood in the 1940s. Gina Carano is so fascinating, yet everything on this disc seems to point away from the obvious. Why don’t we get any additional info on how they shaped this ass-kicking Eliza Doolittle into an actress? In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 05/01/2012