Haywire (2012)

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Critic Consensus: 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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R (for some violence)
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Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Gina Carano
as Mallory Kane
Ewan McGregor
as Kenneth
Bill Paxton
as Mr. Kane
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Critic Reviews for Haywire

All Critics (183) | Top Critics (44)

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

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Mixed martial-arts star Carano puts major muscle, if minor acting ability, into this enjoyable action flick.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Newsday
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Carano is strong, fast, relentless. She's not much of an actress yet, but Soderbergh hides her weaknesses well...

January 23, 2012
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.

Full Review… | January 23, 2012
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review… | January 21, 2012
Film.com
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If "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" was a fancy top-shelf cocktail, this is Polish vodka, neat.

Full Review… | January 19, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
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Audience Reviews for Haywire

½

If you've ever wondered what Mission Impossible or Kill Bill would have been like if made by Soderbergh, now you have the answer. The fight scenes are pretty efficient but the formulaic plot holds no surprises, with an irregular pacing and apathetic action scenes.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

When a freelance black ops agent is betrayed by her employer she must evade capture by both the police and her erstwhile colleagues whilst tracking down the traitor to exact revenge. The plot to Haywire will never win any awards for originality but Steven Soderbergh's foray into Bourne territory is a nicely taut, no frills exercise in cold war style action that is a million miles from the glitz and bonhomie of the Ocean's franchise. He has clearly been watching the likes of From Russia With Love and Get Carter as the film has a very old school feel, with some bone crunching and brutal fight scenes. The striking but not implausibly beautiful Gina Carano is completely believable in her part as a tough as nails, no-nonsense she-Bond who is a coldly professional hard case who also happens to be a woman. The rest of the quality ensemble cast are also very solid, although I did feel that the unavoidably likeable Ewan McGregor was rather miscast in his part and Tatum appears and disappears again without warning and seemed only to be there as an excuse for some narrative flashbacks. These are relatively minor points though as Haywire is a quality post-Bourne thriller that harks back to Soderbergh's early career as cinematographer to the Coen brothers and is one of his better efforts of late.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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½

Everyone is in this movie. Seriously. It's a fun ride, with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing.

Julie B
Julie B

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