Before I watched Haywire I had heard both positive and negative comments from friends but I like to watch a movie with an open mind. As a big fan of MMA, the fact that Gina Carano, a women's Mixed Martial Arts pioneer was starring in it was a hugely enticing. To be honest I'd never heard of her before, but nevertheless, I was looking forward to seeing this film.
The fact that Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum, and Ewan Mcgregor were also in the film didn't hurt either. It couldn't possibly be too bad.
Well, I was right.
It's your run of the mill, spy gets betrayed and comes back for vengeance storyline. But that's where the "run of the mill" description ends.
Gina Carano is incredibly charismatic. She's very subtle, not over the top at all, but she slowly and surely pulls you in and endears you to her cause. There's an unshakeable strength in the character that she plays. A conviction and drive that only the heavens themselves can quell.
This plays through especially in the fight scenes of which there are plenty and which you will rewind more than once because they are that good. What makes these scenes so special is that all the music stops. All you hear is the impact of kicks, punches, elbows, and the painful groans emanating from those on the receiving end, which very often is Gina herself.
What makes this movie so special is Gina Carano and the supporting cast. But at the end of the day, it's Gina that carries this film. It's the way she moves. There is something so incredibly athletic and powerful when she runs, kicks, or kisses.
The way she handles firearms you would think she was real life SWAT. When she runs it's like watching a Stallion in full stride. And when she fights, it's like, well watching her in the real life Octagon she hails from.
If there is one quip I have with the movie it's the soundtrack. It's a mix between 1970's TV shows and adult films. Luckily, this background comes to an abrupt and welcome stop as soon as a fight sequence begins.
One of the ways I judge a movie is by asking myself if I would watch it again the next day. The answer to this question is a definite YES! Haywire fills a void in the action movie genre in more ways than one. This movie is not only a must see, but a must buy. The extras that come with the DVD or Blu-Ray give you an even greater appreciation for the film and the film's star Gina Carano.