Haywire (2012)


I would consider Gina Carano’s first starring role as very successful.  The plot was nothing but predictable with a tagline like “They left her no choice,” but it was still exciting to watch a female lead break some necks and jump kick some fellow secret agents.

The plot is like all those movies where an organization tries to kill off their best agent.  It’s always baffling that the organization’s don’t realize that these people are “the best” in the company for a reason.  Obviously, it is because these killers are masters of their craft.

But aside from the plot, I felt the story was both told and shown in a unique way.  The movie felt like an independent film.  I shouldn’t be that surprised since it is Soderbergh directed, and I quite liked the way he filmed Traffic.  The soundtrack felt uniquely old school too, like I was straight out of some mid-century film.  The music also always stopped for the exciting hand-to-hand combat scenes of the film.  Clearly, they didn’t want anything to distract your full attention from Carano’s mixed martial arts skills on display.

It’s just a pity that they ended it in such a kitschy way, while setting up for a possible sequel. Truth be told, even though I liked the movie, I would NOT like to see a sequel.  I would like to see her added to the cast of Expendables 2 though, even if she is only an action star just coming into her prime.


Limitless (2011)


Oh Bradley Cooper, you’ve come such a long way since Wet Hot American Summer.  I guess this movie was a good demonstration of the variety of roles that you can play.  Still, the film itself could’ve done more I suppose.  The idea was interesting, but in a way potentially doomed for failure.

The idea of such a drug is extremely intriguing to me.  But the obvious concern would be, what if others were taking the drug too?  And, what are the limits of this drug?  I still don’t believe a person with 100% of his brain capacity would’ve made some of the mistakes that he made.  I guess this is the reason that I believed such an idea was doomed to failure.  Much like he said at the end, he’s “50 moves ahead,” ergo, I cannot see how he would’ve allowed any of the troubles that happened to manifest in reality.  Connecting all the dots in his genius brain, he should also be able to predict all the misfortunes and probabilities of their occurrences, thereby preventing them all.

Eddie Morra really should have been able to get to the end with out all the drama of the middle parts, except for maybe the time loss that he experienced.  Which is the only area they could’ve really exploited to make a more thorough story that might’ve led to his downfall.  But the writers almost completely ignored what happened during his memory lapses.  I guess he didn’t make any bad decisions during his blackouts, oh, except for maybe killing that woman, but I guess we will never know.

For a movie idea that was doomed to likely failure, it was not bad.  I’m glad they didn’t try to make it any longer, but also sad that they took it a very different direction from one that I thought would’ve played out in a more exciting manner.    Now if only I could get my hands on some NZT-48…..