Haywire movie review – Soderbergh lacks style and substance

Posted on 4 February 2012
By Bert Bernstein
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Haywire is Steven Soderbergh’s 25th feature as director, and the story follow’s a globe trotting former Marine on a mission to clear her name and flush out a double agent.

The wronged woman is played by mixed-martial-arts fighter and first-time actress Gina Carano and she’s out for payback in an ever-deepening conspiracy tale. But the film lacks the depth and empthy which we feel for The Bride in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill.

The star-studded cast on the movie poster boasts names like Michael Douglas and Antonio Banderas, but they play little more than cameos, serving to move along the plot after one of the kick ass fight scenes.

Rising star of Michael Fassbender also features, sharing screen time with Ewan McGregor, who he could have easily replaced in McGregor’s larger role and the scene where Fassbender battles Carano to the death in Dublin after spending the evening pretending to be a couple is the most enjoyable part of the movie.

One to watch if there’s nothing else on – but don’t expect the slick stylings of Ocean’s 11.