Haywire was a bit of a random film and certainly not what I expected. With a strong female lead in the form of martial arts expert Gina Carano amongst three of my particular favourites – Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender and Ewan McGregor – (who I appreciate for very different reasons) and also starring Michael Douglas, the cast was certainly up to scratch.
The movie itself tells the story of Mallory, a black ops soldier who is set up by someone she works for. After travelling to Barcelona for an undercover operation, Mallory is then sent to Dublin where everything starts to unravel. An intriguing plot line with numerous twists, turns and potential villains, this one certainly kept me entertained. The fighting was also insanely good too – definitely a step up from other female fighting leads I’ve seen before – to the point of being quite graphic at points.
Beyond this, there’s not much to say about this film though. Although I enjoyed it at the time, it’s certainly not one I’d go out of my way to see again and probably wouldn’t recommend it over recent releases for my friends to see. If you particularly like the genre of film, it’s definitely a goodie, but if not, there are certainly better options out at the cinema at the moment. Although he’s obviously quite attractive, Channing Tatum still seems like he needs an acting lesson or two, and even Ewan McGregor and Michael Douglas didn’t have the type of roles to really allow for a stand out performance.
As I said, gripping at the time, but not a strong contender to stay front of mind for very long. Onwards and upwards, 6/10 Kx