Sunday, February 12, 2012


Betrayed and left to fend on her own, a black ops specialist ducks into a diner in upstate New York to meet with a fellow agent who has come to bring her home. After subduing him and fleeing with a civilian,  she tells her story of international intrigue and how she wound up in her current predicament. "Haywire" is the latest film from chameleonlike master director Stephen Soederbergh and marks the film debut of MMA star Gina Carano. While Carano is no great shakes as an actress, she succeeds remarkably as a kick ass action star heroiness, performing most of her own stunts in the process. The plot is pretty standard spy stuff but is elevated by Soederbergh's direction, Carano's viability, and the presence of an onslaught of stars (Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, etc.) which is often distracting  in other films but works quite well here. "Haywire"  is a slight yet not stupid action film that achieves its top goal of being entertaining.