First things first; let’s get the obvious out in the open before I rip to shreds the disaster that is HAYWIRE. Director Steven Soderbergh thrills working with Hollywood royalty. How he convinces some of his cast to sign up with his productions is indeed one of the greater mysteries to this enthusiast. As the saying goes it’s not who you are but who you know that matters!
Treading along the same footsteps as his 2011 first release CONTAGION I find HAYWIRE equally as appalling or if not even a tad bit worse. Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton and Channing Tatum are not able to put together and see through to success the disaster that which is HAYWIRE.
The department of acting isn’t all that unwatchable. In fact the script written by Lem Dobbs has no character development nor depth just as it lacks a sensible plot. The men do know what is expected out of them. They are expected to narrate lines written by Dobbs and not directed by Soderbergh. If Soderbergh did bother for a moment the production would have at least been watchable as were his OCEANS trilogy. The strangest addition or if may call it the thing is the protagonist of HAYWIRE; Gina Carano; who is the most out of place cast member amongst them all. If Soderbergh is scoping out for new talent or if he ran out of budget to pay a famous actress is only a question the man himself can answer. Gina Carano never connects with her character Mallary on any level. The audience never does feel that Mallary is a helpless black ops fugitive who is being framed. The only saving grace for Carano is that she indeed does know how to put up a fight and throw a punch. HAYWIRE swings towards being a thriller moreover than being an action flick. So my question is, where is the suspense and the intensity? With ratings ranking in the above average segment I am at crossroads on my opinion. I cannot but wonder if I am a minority of those who hated the movie.
Simply said, do not be fooled by the name Steven Soderbergh. The man was absolutely whimsical in the OCEANS trilogy. Somewhere along the years he seems to have obviously lost that magical mojo. Every 2011 release of Soderbergh is been putrid to me. Let’s all just hope MAGIC MIKE will bring forth change to the Soderbergh name.
Mallary a covert operative is being framed by the very people she works for. There is absolutely nothing else I can say about the synopsis since there is nothing else that the movie talks about.
AN ABSOLUTE WASTE OF TIME!
DIRECTED BY: STEVEN SODERBERGH
STARRING: EWAN MCGREGOR, MICHAEL FASSBENDER,MICHAEL DOUGLAS, ANTONIO BANDERAS, BILL PAXTON, CHANNING TATUM &GINA CARANO