1 1/2 Stars
Haywire is set in the world of covert agents and government shadow ops in foreign countries. As the film begins Carano is on the run and finds safe harbor in a local cafe, until her former cohorts show up and with a silent brutality, all hell breaks loose. So far, so good. Then the screenplay by scribe Lem Dobbs deteriorates into a series of confused scenes involving characters that appear all too briefly, and events that unfold in a convoluted narrative structure. It’s a good thing that virtually every role has been cast with familiar faces or the story would be impenetrable.
I have a feeling your admiration or indifference to the film will be tested in the opening twenty minutes when a typically standard shoot-out is played with maximum artistic flare. Haywire would make a good double feature with another Euro-inspired action thriller, The American. Steven Soderbergh is the wrong choice to helm this material, his heavy-handed directorial style causes the film to collapse under its own weight.
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Gina Carano, Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender