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31 January 2012 @ 10:47 pm
Picoreview: “Haywire”  

Picoreview: “Haywire”: First off, although I remembered the commentary about the filming when it happened, until I saw the scenes in “Haywire”, I forgot some of it had been set in Dublin. If anybody would like a walking tour of the Haywire movie when they come to visit, I can provide one. :)

Second, according to an article I read a while ago, “Haywire” director Steven Soderbergh apparently said, when he got the script, that he would love to do the film, but only if it had a female lead. And then he said he couldn’t imagine any of the crop of Hollywood starlets in it, because they were all too skinny, so he went out and got Gina Carano, an MMA fighter, and taught her to act. Because of this, Steven Soderbergh is now my hero and I will follow him to the ends of the earth.

Carano does just fine. The opening scenes, which I think were probably filmed first, are a bit wincy, and there’s some stiffness to her throughout when she’s not fighting, but I’m not convinced that the *character* doesn’t move with that stiffness, rather than Carano. So yeah, overall I think she did just fine with her debut film.

And the fight scenes are awesome. They are not like action movie fight scenes, not at all. I watch MMA because Ted does, and I recognized plenty of what she did as being straight out of the cages. I also recognized that with a number of the showier things, a cage fight couldn’t accomodate them because of its *shape*. So I don’t knock the showmanship where the environment permitted it, and even if I did, honestly, even so, the fight scenes are still a great deal less showy than any other action film I’ve ever seen.

In fact, pretty much nothing about the film is action-movie-like. The pacing is weird. The framing is weird. The light used is either actually all natural lighting or subtley-enough-done studio lighting that it *looks* like natural light. There’s almost no music. It is–as tersa said, and as other reviews I’ve read also said–very nearly an art film instead of an action film. It’s interesting in a way one does not expect action films to be, and was not what I expected when I went in the door.

Is it good? I’m really not sure. There are moments which are terrific, and I wasn’t sorry I’d seen it, but I didn’t especially like the storytelling framework, and that detracted a lot for me.

Ted wants Gina Carano to play Wonder Woman. I endorse this idea, and I’d say so does Steven Soderbergh.

(x-posted from the essential kit)

 
 
 
Turning the Schmaltz up to 11pullthestars on January 31st, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
Gina Carano is my imaginary American Gladiator girlfriend, and I think she is just marvelous.

Soderbergh really wants her to succeed, and it shows. I also think that she would rock as Wonder Woman.
Miss May: btvs tara beautyvalancymay on January 31st, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
I was thinking the same thing about Wonder Woman!
Wolf Lahtiwolflahti on January 31st, 2012 10:47 pm (UTC)

She looks pretty skinny to me. But at least she isn't downright anorexic.

Has there been an "agency" movie since Three Days of the Condor (1975) wherein the protagonist is not betrayed/set up by the agency to take the fall? I'd like to see a movie sometime where the agent actually gets, you know, support from superiors.
omegaromegar on January 31st, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
Having just seen the film, the acting was pretty top notch all around. I think the lead did a fantastic jilib at not been shown up by the rest of the cast who are all pretty good actors!

Sadly they were let down by a most simple and non sensible plot! The meeting at the start between the three male protagonists, makes no sense when you consider the motivations Kenneth.

Also I think watching a movie set In a city you know, is a little off putting. Hell I used to go to comic/sci fi events in wynns hotel! Though at least they for the geography mostly right. Even if they were ripped off by that taxi driver, but I digress away fro
The flaw in the movie, it's script!

omegaromegar on January 31st, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
When u say not shown up, I mean I was not aware that this was her first feature film, and she seemed fine In the role.
Bryantbryant on February 1st, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)
Soderbergh almost always makes action flicks like that. I enjoy them a lot but they're art films, in just about every sense of the word. The Limey is a great example. Weird time stuff, using clips from old Terrence Stamp movies to stand in for flashbacks. Out Of Sight, too.

We're seeing it Thursday, and I may have more to say then.
Dan/Дмитрийicedrake on February 1st, 2012 04:19 am (UTC)
*sigh* I don't think it's out here yet. I've been waiting for this movie since it was supposed to come out back in April of last year.
Xixpioti on February 1st, 2012 05:38 am (UTC)
I saw Carano on a night-time chat show, probably Conan. She's neat! The take-aways that I remember are that being punched is an important part of her life, and she likes artsy-ish men. As in, she's not likely to wind up with arm-candy or porta-muscles. She was a little stiff and awkward, but it was probably because she was outside her comfort zone -- no cage! :)
tommycruisestommy50702 on March 23rd, 2015 02:37 am (UTC)
Saw this the other day, and wasn’t too impressed. While the movie tries to change things up by being non-linear, the plot itself isn’t anything special, and I’m not really a fan of Soderbergh’s style.