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Film Review: Haywire (2011)

A highly skilled covert operative discovers that those she works for have set her up for a deadly betrayal.

I went in expecting a sub-Bourne action flick, but while it’s similar to that series this film has a hard-hitting, raw style all of its own. A great deal of which is thanks to the extremely athletic and hard-as-nails lead actress. Gina Carano has taken time out from kick boxing and mixed martial arts to pretend to knock the shit out of some bad guys. When she’s not being chased through various locations and having fights she’s doing a pretty good job of acting. Apparently she performed all the stunt work herself and some of it really looks like it hurt.

The rest of the cast brings some recognisable faces, contributing solid performances. The story is either a little complex or just confusing. I lost it at the very end, but that didn’t really matter. The strengths of the film are in the action.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Haywire on IMDb

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Film Review: The Parallax View (1974)

Warren Beatty plays a small-time newspaper journalist who witnesses the assassination of a U.S. senator. Deciding to investigate he then becomes involved in the deadly conspiracy behind this event and perhaps others.

As a conspiracy thriller it’s more than competent. There’s intrigue a plenty, some genuine surprises and enough action for the genre. The variety or locations and the framing of shots makes for a visually interesting film.

Pretty good and ideal for a lazy afternoon on the sofa. Which is how I enjoyed it. And nice to see Mr. Beatty in one of his few decent roles.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

The Parallax View on IMDb

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