I usually enjoy movies with a strong female character, who beats the crap out of anybody who stands in her way. Uma Thurman did a great job in both Kill Bill movies. I like Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider and Salt. I also enjoyed Sucker Punch and the Underworld movies. Based on the existence of that strong female character, I thought Haywire would be a slam dunk. On top of that, it has a notable cast that includes Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Michael Fassbender and Bill Paxton. Furthermore, Rotten Tomatoes gave Haywire solid reviews. All of these factors bumped Haywire to the top of the list of movies, opening Jan. 20, to see among my friends. We chose Haywire over Underworld: Awakening and Red Tails. We made the wrong choice.
Haywire failed in an aspect of the movie I never thought it would. It wasn’t exciting. It wasn’t crazy. Every definition you could come up with for the word haywire doesn’t describe this movie. It was flat out boring. It reminded me of The American with George Clooney. The only interesting parts came when Gina Carano fought her enemies.
One aspect of the movie that stuck out for me was the musical selection. I think they reached into the past and pulled out a 60s espionage record. Also, every time Carano fought somebody there was no music at all. It was so quiet. Like I said before, Carano’s fighting ability is cool, but the fight scenes didn’t have any suspense to them.
Carano can fight, but she can’t act. All of her lines came out flat. The rest of the acting was strong, but with a boring plot to work with the cast can only do so much.
Critics praised it, but I have to disagree. Haywire was disappointingly dull.
I’ll give Haywire 2 out of 5 cups.
As of Jan. 25, Haywire made a domestic total of approximately $11 million versus a production budget of $23 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
To see the movie trailer for Haywire, click here.