October 4, 2022
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Espionage flick packs big punch

Former MMA fighter Gina Carano and “Ocean’s Eleven” director Steven Soderbergh  team up in the gripping espionage film “Haywire,” a thrilling, action-filled frenzy with a fierce female lead.
With a supporting cast including big names like Ewan McGregor and Channing Tatum, “Haywire” managed to simmer onto the big screen with an unbelievable lead heroine who is both exciting and impressive.
The action-packed thriller follows covert operative Mallory Kane (Carano), who becomes a fugitive once she is betrayed by her former employer, Kenneth (McGregor).
Soderbergh’s most notable contribution to the film includes his visual style, exposing Carano in her fighting scenes in a very realistic way. He provides no violent music during Carano’s intensive hand-to-hand combats, but instead provides the rogue sound of her punches to highlight her stength.
However, despite Carano’s impressive performance, the film fails to generate a sturdy plot to separate itself from other films that boast about the arts of espionage. Excluding Kane, “Haywire” relies on weak, underdeveloped characters.
Though “Haywire” is star-studded and filled with intensity, Kane’s performance saves the film from being slammed by viewers.