It has been a while since I’ve seen a movie that has thoroughly and absolutely captured my attention and left me wondering who the protagonist is. Such is the case with Haywire, a recent offering by Steven Soderbergh. Centered around the not original plot of a covert operative being left out in the cold and working (read: fighting) their way back into the fold, the movie was more than a simple spy thriller. Haywire broke the mold and introduced Gina Cerano, a relative unknown in the role supported by such big names as Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, and Antonio Banderas. Though the plot is relative predictable, the action is fascinating especially because it is gritty, precise, and doesn’t suffer from the standard indie-camera shake so popular in modern action flicks. But don’t let that confuse or worry, the action is intense, focused, and powerful.
I was left with a deep and abiding feeling Gina Cerano is set for good things. A great action star, fabulous looks, and more than average acting skills, I would consider myself an instant convert. I recommend picking up a rental from your local vending rental and checking it out. Haywire is thoroughly enjoyable and I rate it a Strong Seven perhaps even a Weak Eight (out of ten).