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MMA star and first-time actress Gina Carano displays ample action-movie chops in Haywire, a fast-paced thriller with a top-notch cast and outstanding direction from Steven Soderbergh.



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This dynamic action-thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh boasts a talented cast that includes Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas, Michael Angarano; and introduces MMA superstar Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, in a demanding lead role that has her performing her own high-adrenaline stunts. Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive. -- (C) Relativity Media


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Critic Reviews for Haywire

All Critics (190) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (152) | Rotten (38)

  • Steven Soderbergh continues his occasional practice of using actors as found objects in his perfectly enjoyable formula action-thriller Haywire.

    Jan 8, 2013
  • Mixed martial-arts star Carano puts major muscle, if minor acting ability, into this enjoyable action flick.

    Jan 8, 2013 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Top Critic
  • Carano is strong, fast, relentless. She's not much of an actress yet, but Soderbergh hides her weaknesses well...

    Jan 24, 2012

    David Denby

    New Yorker
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  • There's a good deal of pleasure to be had in the clockwork precision of her hand-to-hand combat, which Soderbergh often shoots in profile to showcase her wall-climbing backflips.

    Jan 23, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Carano is nothing special as an actress - but darned if it matters when she's supported by a killer screenplay, a sharp cast, and Steven Soderbergh's unmistakably sly, mordant direction.

    Jan 21, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Formulaic thriller. At least the fight sequences are cool.

    Jan 20, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Haywire

  • Jan 22, 2014
    Haywire is a fantastic action adventure that is like The Bourne Identity meets Run Lola Run. This movie is one hell of a fun, gritty,visceral, and audacious ride. So sit back with some popcorn and a cherry coke and enjoy. :0
    Joseph E Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2013
    Very good, very cool action film with a fantastic cast. Gina Carano is phenomenal in the lead role here. One thing I absolutely love about this film is the cinematography. There's just something awesome about how this movie was filmed. I normally don't notice this kind of thing but it's evident here. There's just some amazing shots throughout this film. Check it out and you'll see what I mean.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2013
    'Haywire'. A stripped down revenge tale with enough of a convoluted plot to carry the action forward. A fine vehicle for Gina Carano's talents.
    c0up   Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2013
    Steven Soderbergh has always made some stand out films. His career is a mixed bag in terms of creativeness and he can tackle any genre with a terrific flair to make something that is worth seeing. Haywire is yet again a fine film that has a good story, good cast an effective directing to create something unique to watch. The result is a well executed action thriller that is quite different from others in the genre. I thoroughly enjoyed the film, and though it had weak parts in some areas, there was enough good material to make it a worthwhile film, and one that delivers a fun and entertaining viewing experience. Soderbergh has made far better films throughout his career, but Haywire still has that touch to really make it engaging from the first frame onwards. Director Soderbergh assembles a very good cast of talented actors that are terrific in their respective roles. There's enough good material at hand for the actors to really give it a run for their money, and they just deliver something that is fun and entertaining for the viewer. Sure, the film has its flaws, but overall, it manages to outdo its weaknesses by keeping the thrills going on-screen, and in turn, you're never bored and are always on the edge of your seat. This is still a well directed picture and you can tell that it had that Soderbergh feel to it. Haywire is not the best film of his career, but it still manages to a film worth seeing, and overcomes it flaws with a well written script, and a good cast of actors, who make it what it is.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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