It seems that every so often a wrestler, boxer, or martial artist will enter into the acting ring, with varying results. After all, for as unbeatable as someone like Chuck Norris is (insert Chuck Norris joke here), he’s not a good actor. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a surprisingly good actor, though. And many people love Jackie Chan.
So what new can Gina Carano bring to Haywire? Not only is she a decent actor (if only for the fact that she’s got a good presence and doesn’t over-act), I certainly believed that she could hold her own in the world of black ops. In fact, I haven’t found a woman fighter that convincing since Ziyi Zhang burst onto the scene. After all, as much as I enjoyed the movie Salt, it was a real suspension of disbelief to believe that Angelia Jolie could be a CIA agent capable of taking down anyone in her path.
Carano, on the other hand, has the presence of someone who not only knows she can take down an opponent, but has done so numerous times in reality. It’s a bit of a shame that the plot of Haywire wasn’t better. It wasn’t too bad, but it’s hard to get a story right when it’s told out of sequence.
One should know going into Haywire what type of movie it is–action-adventure, driven by hand-to-hand combat. It’s not a deep movie, but it’s an enjoyable one.