Haywire (2011)


“Just keep your head down a few more minutes and you’re out of this.” – Mallory Kane

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Jan 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After a job goes wrong, a spy must try and figure out what happened and find those who are responsible.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and was intrigued to watch due to the great cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas and Bill Paxton.

Unfortunately, even with this kind of cast list, the story and plot comes across as a real stinker and doesn’t work at all.

The plot and story line has been over done over the years and this time, they add some very silly elements to it all that takes away even more of the realism of it all.

This, in turn doesn’t allow us to want to care about the characters or the situations that they get in and that makes it even more torturous to try and get through.

The plot moves in some very strange directions and many things happen in very unrealistic fashions which takes away so much from things even more.

The wasted cast actually makes things even worse because one would expect from these actors something more engaging and enjoyable to watch.

This is a film that probably never should have been made because it fails to bring anything new or unique to this overpopulated genre and especially given the fact that it’s easy to spot so many red flags along the way, it’s quite hard to make a case for this movie.

Bottom Line – Really silly spy thriller that doesn’t work at all because it fails to make us care about the characters or the situations they get into. The plot moves in some very strange directions and things happen in very unrealistic ways. The cast is quite talented yet that doesn’t help make this any more interesting or intriguing and in some ways makes the situation feel even worse.  This kind of film has been done so often that another one in the genre, especially one that raises too many red flags along the way doesn’t help make the case that more films like this need to be made.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Gina Carano underwent a six-week intensive tactical training course with Aaron Cohen, an ex-Israeli special ops fighter. She spent three hours a day in stunts and three hours a day with Cohen. During a particularly harrowing two-week period when Cohen was teaching Carano the art of surveillance and countersurveillance, he and his team tracked her via a GPS system installed in her car. He gave her a prop blue pistol to use as defense and intercepted her as she was coming out of a hair salon. “I just got extensions and was feeling so pretty and there he was,” recalls Carano, laughing. “He taught me entry and exiting a building, clearing a room, he put a GPS on my car, he like, followed me around. He had me stalking people, he had people stalking me. They just put me with a soldier who had never done a film before either. We were just soldier and a fighter thrown together in these unique circumstances and got to know each other’s backgrounds. I think that was the biggest part of my preparation.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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