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'Haywire' 'Two Jews On Film' Begin The Year Disagreeing Over Soderbergh's Spy Thriller (Video)

  • Jan 17, 2012

I knew I was going to love 'Haywire' directed by Steven Soderbergh from the first scene.

 A girl walks into a coffee shop in the middle of nowhere.   She sits down...blows on her hands to warm them.  The waitress takes her order.

 A few seconds later, a man comes in, sits down opposite her.  They briefly chat...and then SUDDENLY...

It's wham...bam...pow-kick-punch....Translation...Girl and Guy get into a very, very exciting, take no prisoners, fight with each other.

And this is no ordinary movie fight...because the girl is...Gina Carano...a mixed, martial arts, champion who uses a combination of Muay, Thai, Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Judo, wrestling, boxing, Sambo, kickboxing, and Kung Fu to take down her opponents.

 That's right...this lady can kick butt.

In her first acting role, Gina plays Mallory Kane, a highly trained operative working for a government security contractor in some of the most dangerous parts of the world.  And at the moment, Miss Kane is in alot of trouble.

After wiping out the floor with the guy...who we find out is her former partner, Aaron (Channing Tatum), Mallory knows she needs to get out of town, fast.  So what's a girl to do?

Ask some random guy for a lift of course.  The guy, Scott (Michael Angarano) is only too happy to help.  I think he got slightly turned on by Mallory's extraordinary moves.  I mean who wouldn't?   She's hot!

Anyway Mallory and Scott start to head out of town muy rapido...Unfortunately, they run into several road blocks.  Luckily our spy's driving skills are equal to her fighting skills.  Mallory easily evades all the people trying to kill her and at the same time, manages to tell Scott a little story... 

Through a series of flashbacks, we find out that Mallory's last assignment was in Barcelona, where she freed a Chinese Journalist that was being held hostage.  She discovers that the man has been murdered and all the evidence points to her as the main suspect.  Isn't that always the case?  

Now Mallory has to not only evade local SWAT teams that her boss, Ewan McGregor has sent after her, but find out who's doublecrossed her and why.

This takes Mallory on a journey across the globe from Washington D.C to Barcelona, Dublin and back to the United States with a stop in upstate New York and finally, the mountains of New Mexico.

 'Haywire' is filled with great twists and turns...It's exciting and sexy...Very sexy actually...Thanks to this actor named Michael Fassbender. (You might recognize him from the hundreds of films he did this past year).  Okay. I exaggerate.  But one thing I'm not exaggerating about...this guy breathes sexy...And the scenes between him and Mallory are definitely some of my favorite.  

Rounding out the excellent cast...Antonio Banderos, Michael Douglas, Mathieu Kassovitz and Bill Paxton as Gina's father.

Of course,  John and I have begun the new year, the same way we ended it...Disagreeing...Check out our video to see how many bagels, we gave 'Haywire'.

'Haywire' written by Lem Dobbs (Kafka, The Limey) opens in theatres this Friday, January 20, 2012.

By Joan Alperin Schwartz
'Haywire' 'Two Jews On Film' Begin The Year Disagreeing Over Soderbergh's Spy Thriller (Video) 'Haywire' 'Two Jews On Film' Begin The Year Disagreeing Over Soderbergh's Spy Thriller (Video) 'Haywire' 'Two Jews On Film' Begin The Year Disagreeing Over Soderbergh's Spy Thriller (Video) 'Haywire' 'Two Jews On Film' Begin The Year Disagreeing Over Soderbergh's Spy Thriller (Video)

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January 21, 2012
I loved the action scenes but really wanted some sort of story to really tie them all together. I always enjoy your reviews and thoughts even when we disagree! I was completely disappointed.
January 17, 2012
after I saw "Contraband", I need a good action flick and it looks like this would fit the bill! I am pumped to see this one, although I wasn't that impressed with Soderbergh's previous flick "Contagion", it'll be interesting to see him do an action flick. Nice review!
January 19, 2012
It's really fun and the chick has great moves.
January 22, 2012
I saw it earlier and I have to say, I was really entertained by the film...thanks!
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  • Gina Carano as Mallory Kane in ``Haywire.''
  • Opened January 20, 2012 | Runtime:1 hr. 32 min.
  • R
    some violence
  • Information for parents: Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+.
  • Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) is a highly trained operative for a government security contractor. Her missions take her to the world's most dangerous areas. After Mallory successfully frees a hostage journalist, she's betrayed and left for dead by someone in her own agency. Knowing her survival depends on learning the truth behind the double-cross, Mallory uses her black-ops training to set a trap. But when things go awry, Mallory knows she'll die unless she can turn the tables on her adversary.


  • Cast: Gina Carano, Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Michael Angarano, Antonio Banderas, Mathieu Kassovitz
  • Director: Steven Soderbergh
  • Genres: Action/Adventure
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    Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
    Release Date: Jan. 20, 2012

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