Haywire

Yesterday I finally watched Haywire. (Because it is my duty to watch all action movies with female leads, or something.) I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t a great movie.

I thought it suffered in the editing, and there were some key sequences I had trouble following. The whole ‘Barcelona’ sequence, for example. This happens towards the start of the movie, and we’ve only met two of the characters at this point. It crosscuts between three different scenes, happening at three different times, and also has the confusion of switching between black and white, and colour. For reasons I never picked up on.

And in retrospect, it seems like something was meant to have happened in Barcelona that made Mallory (our heroine) suspicious of her employers. But whatever it was, I missed it.

On the other hand, all the action scenes were easy to follow. They weren’t always as fluid as they could have been, but I could say that about the whole film. Plus I am so used to watching Muay Thai movies, that MMA is actually a nice change! Lots more grappling, choking people with your leg, that sort of thing. Gina Carano is great in the fight scenes (if not so great when she has to do dialogue). And it’s nice to have a female action lead who isn’t incredibly skinny.

It’s a movie that could have been better … but I’ve watched far worse in the name of good fight scenes. (I’m looking at you, The Protector.)

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