Haywire is a new spy thriller by one of my favorite directors, Stephen Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich, Traffic, Solaris). As is the case with the Ocean’s trio of movies and his other recent film Contagion, Haywire features a rock star cast including Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum (yum), Bill Paxton and Michael Angarano. Ok, maybe you’ve never heard of Michael Angarano, but if you were a fan of Will & Grace you will remember him as Jack’s son on a handful of episodes.
The real star of the movie however is Gina Carano. You’ve probably never heard of her either, but she’s a retired mixed martial arts fighter and full of kick ass. (She was also “Crush” in the revival of American Gladiators.) In Haywire she’s basically the only female cast member and spends most of her time whooping butt. I found the movie slightly hard to follow for the first 45 minutes (lots of twists and turns), but eventually explanations unfolded and by the end it was clear what was going on.
This move is a heck of a lot of fun, especially the fighting scenes, most of which are comprised of long sustained shots without a lot of editing. These scenes go from calm to violent in a shockingly quick instant. There were a bunch of moments where I couldn’t help but blurt out “daaamn,” like when Gina’s character suffocated a guy with her thighs and when she shot a guy in the face (covered by a pillow) point blank.
I definitely recommend this violently enjoyable and easily digestible 90 minute movie!