Haywire

I went to see “Haywire” expecting a very action-heavy movie with a weak story, one-dimensional characters and a lot of fighting. This is what I got: a very action-heavy movie with a weak story, one-dimensional characters, virtually no signs of an intelligent plot whatsoever, and a full money’s worth of fighting. This isn’t something I would normally see. I prefer movies with an actual story, lots of dialogue, and some semblance of character development. “Haywire” had none of that; instead, it was nothing but fight scenes, long close-ups of Gina Carano’s face, more fight scenes, a sprinkle of a story, and some fight scenes. The fight scenes are nothing short of spectacular. Instead of the typical cut-between of the camera jumping from one person to the other (and virtually creating a fight scene in an editing room), the scenes are extended takes that just keep going; in simpler terms, you are getting about 30-45 seconds, if not a whole minute, of uninterrupted fighting. That in itself makes “Haywire” worth the price of admission. Gina Carano is a total beast. She did almost everything without a stunt double, which is pretty awesome considering some of the stuff she had to do (roof-jumping, crashing a car into a tree, etc. That fall where she lands hard on her ribs was a stunt double, for insurance reasons. She wanted to do the fall . . . until she actually saw the stunt double perform it). I will say this: her acting ability isn’t that great. She’s kind of like the female Rock – I’m not holding my breath for an Oscar nomination for her anytime soon. She is good at beating up people, but that is about as far as it goes for her. Would I see this again? Maybe. Do I recommend it? Yeah, but not passionately like I would for others. The film’s score is pretty good, and the pace is good enough to where it doesn’t feel like the movie is bogged down too much. Overall, it is worth seeing when you want a mindless action movie and don’t really care about the plot. If you are all about the story and character development and philosophical lessons to be learned, go elsewhere. This is not the movie for you

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