I was actually looking forward to this movie. I mean it’s got a female lead that kicks ass, a star studded supporting cast, and an intriguing plot. I was looking forward to it, but maybe I shouldn’t have.
Haywire is about former Marine and operative for a private firm Mallory Kane (Gina Canaro) who is out for revenge once she finds her self double crossed while completing a mission. With a supporting cast including Ewan McGregor as her boss Kenneth, as well as Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum, and Michael Fassbender; how could this movie go wrong? Let me count the ways.
First this movie has great fight choreography, it’s nice when a woman is a good a fighter as the men. How is that bad this a bad thing? The key words are fight choreography. The fight scenes don’t feel like a fight scene, it feels like the raw scene before the director and cinematographer adds interesting cuts, angles, and music so that it feels like a real fight instead of staging. Unfortunately none of the fights felt like anything but really great staging.
Secondly the plot gets very muddled. It all get’s explained in the end but feels like it trips over itself during the middle. The overall plot is clear but the little details that keep your attention, not so much.
Thirdly and probably the most important, Canaro’s acting ability. She has some of the attributes to carry this movie, looks and great fighting ability. However she delivers lines all in the exact same tone. Not quite reading directly from the script but close. I know she’s suppose to be this cold, calculating killer but you just can’t play cold, you come across dead. I’m not saying you have to be a screaming loon but you have to put some charisma to it (see Jason Statham) or I’m not really going to care whether you live or die. Canaro has potential but she’s just not at the point of carrying a whole movie. It also felt that the other actors were also holding back in an attempt to make her stand out. The result is a pretty bland movie, despite the star power.
I’ll be interested in seeing what she does over the next few years. I’d love her in more action movies cause it’s easy to tell she’s got the moves, now she just needs the dialogue.