Haywire (Soderbergh, 2011)

Haywire (Steven Soderbergh, 2011)

I’m sure I liked this more than it deserves, but stylistically, I can’t get over how impressive this was. Everything that is silly, outlandish, and over-the-top about an action movie’s plot and style of storytelling is still very present here, but it’s set to such a beautiful tone and uses such striking cinematography that it made for a great and somewhat surreal view. (Now, as far as action is concerned, I still prefer something like Hanna and the way it transcends the genre entirely.) The colors of the sets and attention to detail in the use of various styles of lighting, plus a perfectly timed musical score and sound editing make for a combination of poetry and brutal realism. I don’t know which I liked more – watching scenes like the final one where the sun is setting while the two main characters fight on the beach, or listening as the music stops during brawls so we can hear nothing but the landing of blows, exhausted gasps for breath, and defined background noises.  8.5/10

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