Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: Haywire is Certified Fresh

Plus, Red Tails fails to take off, and guess Underworld: Awakening's Tomatometer.

by | January 19, 2012 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a ferocious femme fatale (Haywire, starring Gina Carano and Ewan McGregor), fearless flyboys (Red Tails, starring Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr.), and a vengeful vampire (Underworld: Awakening, starring Kate Beckinsale and Stephen Rea). What do the critics have to say?



Haywire

80%

First-time actress Gina Carano was plucked straight from the mixed martial arts world by director Steven Soderbergh, who happened upon one of Carano’s fights while channel surfing and was so impressed that he decided to build a film around her. The result is Haywire, a spy thriller that critics say is another fine piece of entertainment from Soderbergh. The film stars Carano as Mallory Kane, a high level covert operative who is betrayed and left for dead by someone in her own organization. With several assassins on her trail, Mallory must survive long enough to discover the truth and exact her revenge. The pundits say the Certified Fresh Haywire benefits from quick pacing, immersive action sequences, and a game cast, including a surprisingly comfortable Carano. (Also, check out this week’s Total Recall, in which we count down Steven Soderbergh’s Best Movies, and our Five Favorite Films interview with star Gina Carano.)



Red Tails

40%

A passion project for producer George Lucas, who began development on the film over 20 years ago, Red Tails dramatizes the heroic efforts of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first all African American aerial unit in the United States armed forces. As World War II rages overseas, the Pentagon calls upon the aviators of its experimental Tuskegee training program, led by Col. A.J. Bullard (Terrence Howard) and Major Emanuelle Stance (Cuba Gooding Jr.), to help turn the tide. Having spent most of the war on the ground and fighting segregation, the young airmen are finally given the opportunity to defend their honor in battle. The pundits say Red Tails displays a genuine admiration for its subject matter and soars when the action takes to the skies, but it’s weighed down by hokey storytelling that diminishes its impact.



Underworld: Awakening

27%

After skipping the third film of the Underworld franchise, Kate Beckinsale returns to reprise her role as werewolf-hunting vampire Selene in Underworld: Awakening. Set after the events of Underwrold: Evolution, Awakening finds Selene captured by humans and imprisoned in a cryogenic facility for twelve years, during which time the public has discovered the existence of both vampires and lycans (werewolves). Upon escaping from the facility, Selene faces an unfamiliar world where humans now hunt the immortals, and with a vampire-lycan hybrid on the loose, she begins the fight for her own survival. The makers of Underworld:Awakening have decided not to screen the film for critics, who they apparently believe all wield wooden stakes and silver bullets, so it’s about that time to guess the Tomatometer!

Also opening this week in limited release:

And finally, the multiple award-winning French film The Artist and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close both expand to wide release this week.

Tag Cloud

National Geographic TV cops PaleyFest Lionsgate DirecTV FOX Warner Bros. CNN Spike TCA 2017 Emmys E! 21st Century Fox Adult Swim docudrama TBS YA Best and Worst Photos Horror justice league 2015 History NYCC supernatural technology TNT Pixar Kids & Family TV Land sports crossover ITV President historical drama Cosplay OWN Toys The CW APB medical drama TruTV DC Universe zombies Drama dc Year in Review Universal MTV diversity Mystery Tomatazos Action Holidays Creative Arts Emmys Walt Disney Pictures HBO USA Freeform Fox News Fantasy Ovation 2016 Extras TCA Columbia Pictures TCM Awards Sundance Now Superheroe See It Skip It Winners PBS Country sitcom GoT cinemax Disney Channel Musicals Teen FX Rom-Com Sundance psycho Dark Horse Comics cats discovery DC streaming service dceu First Look AMC war crime thriller singing competition ESPN A&E 2017 Western Star Wars SDCC Star Trek Tumblr based on movie Food Network Red Carpet thriller Comic Book Crackle Winter TV Animation Mindy Kaling Sneak Peek Premiere Dates X-Men Disney SXSW Rocky CMT Acorn TV USA Network composers travel Music VICE Ghostbusters mutant zombie Superheroes Masterpiece Lifetime period drama crime drama Valentine's Day serial killer Starz El Rey golden globes Nickelodeon Reality Competition robots Summer FXX CW Seed Podcast Amazon Box Office E3 Christmas Showtime politics crime VH1 Super Bowl talk show Biopics Fall TV Paramount Network Certified Fresh Spring TV 007 GIFs Cartoon Network IFC Trivia Mary Tyler Moore Set visit Apple binge Shondaland Sci-Fi what to watch Comedy Interview IFC Films Pop Martial Arts Syfy CBS WGN Opinion Marathons ABC Family boxoffice Watching Series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Infographic YouTube Red Calendar 24 frames Trailer police drama aliens Character Guide 20th Century Fox LGBTQ Sony Pictures NBC Britbox transformers DC Comics Election Bravo Thanksgiving Polls and Games BET SundanceTV 45 BBC Nat Geo TLC unscripted BBC America dramedy Ellie Kemper political drama romance vampires TIFF cooking Comedy Central adventure The Arrangement harry potter Grammys Marvel finale Writers Guild of America GLAAD Nominations RT History Musical spy thriller ratings cults Rock Hulu Lucasfilm CBS All Access biography Pirates festivals Logo comiccon social media Schedule Netflix streaming Countdown Oscars Paramount Reality Esquire hist science fiction MSNBC ABC American Society of Cinematographers Video Games