Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire explodes onto DVD today starring MMA star Gina Carano alongside a heavy weight cast that includes Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas and Channing Tatum.
Carano is a super soldier black ops agent hired through Ewan McGregor’s private company to extract a dissident for the US Government. All appears to go well, till her next job sees her running for her life and so she embarks on a revenge mission against those who would see her dead.
This is a decidedly ‘no frills’ affair with none of the action effects that normally litter standard Hollywood action fodder. The fights are short, brutal and yes, totally realistic, but what lets the film down is a horrendous soundtrack and a rather stilted script.
The ‘arthouse’ slant runs throughout the film with long one shot scenes most taken from very interesting angles. Some work, some do not. At times though it feels like a rather expensive student film, at others, like a cheap indie, but only rarely does it shine. And that is when someone has thankfully killed the music. The 1970’s pseudo jazz soundtrack that drowns every chase scene reminds me of a Gene Hackman movie from that era. It clashes incessantly with the action, killing the pace and at times rendering the dialogue obsolete.
There is nothing new in this film. Agent on the run from her own people is simply a variation of a theme we have all seen before and nothing much here adds to the genre. The whole film is primarily seen in flashback as Gina Carano completely out of character, reveals the story to a total stranger whose car she has stolen. Belatedly she worries if he’ll be all right (having just been told secrets that, let’s face it, he really shouldn’t know), but the whole sequence is just a means of showing her drive fast in reverse through a forest and kill a deer.
Soderbergh’s new movie is out this summer – Magic Mike. Channing Tatum is back, this time with very little on as he plays a male stripper luring Alex Pettyfer into the business.