Haywire – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on January 27, 2012 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Gregory Jacobs
DIRECTOR – Steven Soderbergh
WRITER – Lem Dobbs
CAST – Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas
MUSIC – David Holmes
After last year’s contemplative and analytic Contagion Steven Soderbergh comes back with a vigorous spy thriller. In a neat and tight little plot he makes his lady protagonist Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) combat, shoot, run, jump and defeat the most intrepid of opponents.
A covert operations spy, Mallory gets into a trap laid to betray her and turns the story on her opponents’ head by becoming their nemesis. Working for a private organization she is hired by a government agent Coblez (Michael Douglas) and his contact Rodrigo (Antonio Banderas) to rescue a man captured in Barcelona. Little does Mallory know, as she embarks upon the trail that she is being set-up and her own ex-boyfriend Kenneth (Ewan McGregor) is part of the plan. She soon gets wiser and in one swoop turns hunted from the hunter. But Mallory wants her revenge and she will have it. She begins her hunt for every person responsible for betraying her.
In a frenzy of building-scaling acrobatics and dynamic hand-to-hand combat Soderbergh tells a tale of action and fury that has little story. But he masks this with the aces of sharp twists and turns he throws at his audience without warning. He has his petite lady protagonist do the toughest acts and she pulls them off with a rare confidence, shining of smart manouveres and totally lacking in false bravado. Perhaps, after Uma Thurman in Kill Bill, Gina Carano fits well into the fantasy of the invincible, fearless Superwoman.
It is a sparse tale that unfolds in front of us, largely keeping to Mallory’s chase. She is the focus of the film and remains its only take-away. In a film that veers corners faster than F1, the remaining stellar cast become mere plot points with little to do but merely provide her the motive to zip-zam-zoom us into well-deserved awe. Gina Carano, on her part plays the death-defying spy with a steely confidence and a slight brazen-ness that becomes her young spy. It makes us root for her when she dressed in a little black dress takes on a man in hand to hand combat and fights a bone-cracking, muscle-numbing fight to the finish. And wins.
Soderbergh also handles the camera and gives us visuals as sparse as is the terrain of the film. He keeps colours muted and captures action as vigorously as it explodes between the people, never letting the camera get in the way.
As an action thriller the film works like a little charm. Especially the tongue-in-cheek climax Soderbergh leaves us to figure out. And the manner in which he treats his heroine it is but a befitting end, because by now we know what she is capable of and leave the film chuckling at the smart under-telling. Delectable.