Friday, January 27, 2012

"Haywire" Late Movie Review.


Cast: Gina Carano, Michael Fassbender

Writer: Lem Dobbs

Director: Steven Sodenberg

***'s out of four.


I'm loving seeing more women in action movies.  There's something I find very sexy about a woman who has an incredible body but at the same time is very confident, bold and doesn't need to put up with shit from anyone.   The Bride in "Kill Bill" is one that comes to mind right away when I think of hot woman who can kick ass and Malory in "Haywire" is hot on her heels.

The plot of this is pretty standard.   Mallory(Gina Carano) has been betrayed by her agency and must go after each one to help clear her name. Yes there is a bit more to the story than I have mentioned but this is not the type of movie you watch for the plot.  You watch it for all the great action.   I'll credit Lem Dobbs for putting this story into a non linear fashion.  Just so that the audiences don't have to put with long moments of dialogue to help explain the plot.   

Steven Sodenberg is well known for taking people who are not actors and making them stand out.  He did it before with Sasha Grey in "The Girlfriend Experience" and now he has done it with MMA Champion Gina Carano.  This woman has the one of a kind ability to appear both very tough and fierce while at the same time be very sexy and seductive.  She has a fantastic body, that shows off very well in certain scenes, yet she can take down anyone without a single thought.  If I ever had a shot with dating her and she wanted me to wear a dress.  I would make sure I'd  buy at least  two.

(Clip Curtosey of Relativity Media)

This is the only action movie I can honestly think of in the last 20 years that felt real.  The fight sequences in this are played out in real time so that every bone crunch, face punch, and groin smash is felt throughout your entire body.  It's important to note that these fight sequences do not have any quick edits or any kind of music to heighten the excitement level. They are all played out in just long shots.  When music is used it's always used during moments when Mallory is investigating.  Those moments are like watching the start to an awesome T.V. action show.   

I don't expect this movie to do that well in theatres, because it's one you can truly appreciate at home.  At least at home you have the option to play those fight scenes over and over again.


  1. I agree about women in action films. I also think of Sigourny Weaver in Alien. There's rawness to her acting that grounds the science fiction very well.

    Like your site. You got flair and so debonair.

    Your fellow movie nut
    Lazarus Lupin

  2. Thanks Lazurus.

    I like Ripley a lot. I found her hot in Alien: Resserection

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