Haywire (2012) Review

This is an interesting action film with a good plot and brilliant characters and actors. Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.


The first fight scene was very realistic and was very surprising, I put this down to no stupid camera tricks, no stupid sound effects and Gina Carano well performed fighting skills clearly learned well for the role and being an ex-fighter didn’t hurt either. The main thing I liked about this film was that they chose an ex fighter who not only looks the part but can deliver fight scenes that look real, normally an action female character would be a woman built like a stick insect that a gust of wind could sweep away.

My complaints would be small but important as to why I chose 70 instead of 80 or 90. The black and white parts seemed a bit arty but without much point to them, in my view they could have done without. Gina Carano’s facial expression doesn’t really change much but in her defense I haven’t seen many action characters that do so I’ll let it slide, plus it’s her first acting role so she will learn. They took Micheal Fassbender out a little early for my liking but that might just me being a big fan of his, makes sense for the story though. This films lack of pace at some points of the film brings it down in my opinion but generally the story was good and pulled it back.

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I did like the father daughter relationship in this film even though it was a bit short, this was mainly because she is such an interesting character that you want to know why she is the way she is and where she came from. Now with some action films what happens next can be very predictable thanks to the music, but in this the music is very low tempo and throws you off the scent a bit. I do like a good “I won’t keep running away anymore” line out of action films so I am glad this one has it. Well done Steven Soderbergh.

I will be releasing more reviews and more recent films I have seen in Cinema.

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3 responses to “Haywire (2012) Review”

  1. The Focused Filmographer says :

    Man…I did enjoy some of the fight scenes in this movie…including the first one. WOW! But not much more. You liked this one a bit more than I did. 🙂

    I do think, however, that Gina def has some potential in Hollywood. Check out my review if you get a chance. Nice to see your differing opinion here.


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