Haywire is another intriguing yet ultimately failed experiment from genre-hopping director Steven Soderbergh (Contagion, The Informant!). MMA star Gina Carano – who Soderbergh and writer Lem Dobbs (The Limey) created the film for – makes her film début as a highly trained operative who is double crossed by her shady boss and left for dead. Carano is often thrilling during the film’s action sequences, but utterly flat and uncomfortable delivering lines in the dramatic scenes. Although she’s aided by a stellar supporting cast (Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton), even they can’t elevate the convoluted, B-movie material, which feels long for its 93 minutes. If Haywire is viewed as Soderbergh’s critique on modern cinema’s shaky-cam, special effects-reliant action, the clean, assured style he achieves here is certainly a success. But as a tribute to ’70s B-movies, the film should have been more fun, and as a whole, Haywire needed to have a better understanding of exactly what it wanted to be.
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