Haywire doesn’t live up to title

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.

Haywire has a rating of 81% at Rotten Tomatoes while users at the Internet Movie Database gave it 6.7 out of 10 stars.

To see the movie trailer for Haywire, click here.

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3 Responses to Haywire doesn’t live up to title

  1. Tyler Rudd Hall says:

    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who hated this movie. The fights scenes were good but there weren’t very many of them. Dissapointing movie.

  2. ssjrem says:

    I thought Haywire was kind of confused as to what kind of movie it wanted to be. Like you said, it threw in that weird, jazzy 60s kind of music, which would have been fine, but that wasn’t the kind of movie it wasn’t. It tried to be “Bourne” like at times and at other points tried too hard too be like an old fashioned spy movie. So, in an odd, unintentional sort of way, you could almost say the pacing and genre were “Haywire.” Somehow I doubt that was what the film-makers were going for. Anyway, good review, dude. I’m liking the site. Keep up the good work.

    • ssjrem says:

      I meant to say “that wasn’t the kind of movie it WAS.” Not wasn’t. Also, I see I put the wrong spelling of “too” in at one point. Wow, I needed to proofread that sucker.

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