Trailers mis-communicate what your are getting into

By Matt_B_77
Written January 23, 2012
This is a very good movie BUT your perception of it before you see it will affect whether you like it or not. The trailers do not do any justice at really promoting this movie for the great movie it is. They show it as one of those non-stop Jason Statham CRANK type action flicks; it is not! The action is great and intense (Michael Fassbender fight scene is astonishing) but the storyline is more slow paced; even during flashbacks you get a real time feel to how everything is progressing. Additionally, you do not discover how everything ties together until the end. You get the premise of what's going down early on but the "why" happens in the last 5 minutes of the film. Steven Soderbergh has done a great job at constructing a movie that brings an old school Dirty Harry/Paul Kersey character type into a woman's role. He has gritty elements of 70's action/drama with 70's style martial arts fight scenes. Lastly Gina's acting; B+ but it's just her first gig; nowhere but up from here.
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Not Perfect, but Good

By GigoloJane
Written January 22, 2012
I didn't go into Haywire expecting much. I went into it as a Gina Carano fan who wanted to see her doing what she does best...fighting. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw so much more. The trailers have been misleading and I think that's part of the reason audiences haven't responded well. If you were sucked in by the trailers, you were most likely expecting a non-stop barrage of gratuitous fight scenes and that's not at all what this movie is. However, the fights that are there are gorgeous and brilliantly realistic. Carano is very much in her element in those moments. For someone with no prior acting experience, Carano truly turns in a stellar performance as Mallory Kane, a character that is about as far opposite Carano's bashful and sweet personality as you can get. She's stunning in the scenes with Fassbender. The movie isn't perfect, it was a bit disjointed and the story could have been fleshed out more, but it's not bad. The 60s/70s score is very refreshing.
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Straightforward Noir Action

By drewbach
Written January 23, 2012
Though the trailer sets up a conspiracy espionage flick, the plot is really more escape and revenge--it's straightforward to the point of being simplistic. The cast is peppered by talented actors having fun, but the script doesn't supply any very interesting roles. First timer Gina Carano makes up with presence what she lacks in technique--she's charismatic and in-control. Where the film shines is its action scenes. Both fights and chases are gripping, pulse-pounding and both stylish and realistic. I actually wondered if some of the escapes might be entirely improvised. The film revels in its stars' athleticism. Ultimately the emphasis on action is too overbalanced---the movie doesn't really have anything to say, not about its subject or its characters. If you're looking for something a bit thought provoking, you'll feel like you've wasted your time. But if you're looking for a cathartic, well-executed and completely unpretentious action film, this is for you.
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Haywire has it all but comes up just average

By Mopar_McNeer
Written January 21, 2012
I have a big review found at aseclub.com. Here is the long and short of it IMO: Great Cast, Great Director, Great Action Sequences, but slow pacing, a plotline that was far too basic & lacking the suspense and depth, and an unfulfilling ending. The movie was a solid "C". Maybe a C+ or B- simply because the fight sequences were pretty cool and the cast/acting was excellent. Despite the somewhat lacking plotline and slow pacing, I do think that you should still see this film. Just not in the theater. Wait til it comes out on DVD and you don't have to spend $20 on a pair of movie tickets. But best thing to come out of this movie though, hopefully the beginning of an action film career for Gina Carano. I would love to see her get her own type of action film series and character (similar to Indiana Jones, Lara Croft, or Jason Bourne). She really can kick some tail.
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Awesome action flick!

By the rater
Written January 23, 2012
If you are expecting cerebral dialogue and academy award winning performances then just don't go see this. If you are an action movie fan do not miss this flick! The fight scenes were absolutely bone shattering. None of this super fast blurry combat where you can't see what is happening. There are arm bars, chokes, wall slams, mirrors shattering, bullets flying, stuff breaking everywhere, amusement park class driving. It was great seeing an action movie actress who was completely credible. She is fit, strong, fast, and beautiful. The movie ended like it was set up for a sequel - I hope there is one.
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