Thursday, January 26, 2012


One sentence summary: Steven Soderbergh has made an action movie. That's going to either sell you or not. The music reminds me of Out of Sight. Other people say it reminds them of The Limey (haven't seen it). The guy sitting behind me at the theater complained about how much he hated it for 30 minutes and then fell asleep. How do I know he was asleep? Because he was snoring (true story). Then when it was over, he said "there's 90 minutes of my life I will never get back". If you had seen this guy, you'd become immediately aware that he's wasted a lot of his life will continue to do so for a long time. But I'm getting off topic.

This movie is a slow burn. It has some great action set pieces. And most importantly, Soderbergh hired Gina Carano to be the star. She was an MMA fighter and shows off her moves. Haywire is shot beautifully. Great angles frame the fight scenes and let them play out. No quick cuts. I think that's what fatty was so upset about. He could see the plot unfold.

Similar to Contagion, not everything in this movie is spelled out for you. Say for instance you fall asleep for 45 minutes, you won't know who's good and who's bad and where you are in time (the movie capitalizes on a lot of flashbacks). It's a smart man's action film. The Expendables this ain't. Haywire is filled to the brim with good actors in all of the main roles. That helps cover for a newbie (Carano). But although she doesn't blow them away, she does her best to hold her own.

The movie is not without it's problems, but they're minor. A good winter release.

Did you enjoy it?

Would you see it in theaters again?

Would you buy it?

Would you rent it?

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?


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