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Saturday, 28 January 2012

Film - Haywire - directed by Steven Soderbergh

Star rating – 6/10

It’s difficult to watch a secret agent action film without comparing it to the wonderful Bourne stable, and there is no doubt that Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Haywire’ is simply not in that class. But if you want a good couple of hours entertainment in the company of martial arts supremo turned actor Gina Carano, then this is quite fun.

Carano is good – well to be specific very good at the fighting bits, and quite good at the acting too – even putting some of the professional thesps in the cast to shame a bit. She plays Mallory, a US government agent who finds herself fighting for her life against her former masters. The rest of the cast is pretty star studded, with Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Puss in Boots (aka Antonio Banderas), and Channing Tatum in support. But their hearts are not always in this one - especially McGregor who is especially weak.

There are some nice location shots of Barcelona and Dublin, where Carano has to run through the streets and over roof tops with gun in hand ready for action – as you do. Some of the plot is a bit silly, like the young guy she makes hand over his car and drives away at speed, who then offers her sips of water and takes a bullet out of her arm with a pocket knife while she is making her getaway at the wheel. I think I would have been a little less sympathetic than he was in that situation to be honest.

But it is harmless, entertaining, if a little mindless fun. And Carano is sure to be back – just like Jason Bourne.

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