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The Debut of The Real Female "Bourne"!

  • Jan 22, 2012
Veteran director Steven Soderbergh may have given some people pause when they heard that he was making an action spy-thriller that seemed aimed to appease the mainstream viewer’s appetite for explosions, hard-hitting action and dumbed-down plotting. Well, it seems like the veteran filmmaker knew what he was doing when he teamed up with screen writer Lem Dobbs for their second collaboration after the hidden success of “The Limey”. “Haywire” stars MMA star Gina Carrano who makes her debut as the next female ass-kicking heroine and boy, does she do it quite well.

                           Gina Carano as Mallory Kane in ``Haywire.''

                           Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum and Bill Paxton in "Haywire."

The film begins in a diner as Mallory Kane (Gina Carrano) meets up with former fellow operative, Aaron (Chaning Tatum, Fighting) and the encounter turns into an old fashioned melee with shoot first, ask questions later kind of deal. Names are given and Mallory ends up being aided by a good guy in the diner (Michael Angarano) and she ends up telling him her story while in the car. Mallory is a government contractor for hire who ends up being ’burned’--this means that she has been cut off. Now she needs to get to the bottom of the truth and find out who and why she was sold out….

That was pretty much the first few minutes of “Haywire’. The plotting is as simple as it can be, it is actually a simple spy thriller where the lead goes after the people who sold her out. Dobbs’ screenplay is pretty standard, and it is to be argued that we’ve all seen this before in films and this is true. The film is your card board cut out spy thriller but hey, sometimes, when something isn’t broken, there is no need to fix it. “Haywire” will not be winning any awards for originality, but what makes the film incredibly fun to watch is the way the direction structures itself. Soderbergh ’dresses’ the standard plot with a careful hand in direction. He maneuvers the story around the present while utilizing cuts and editing to make it seem like the past is being told in the present, all the while giving the viewer intricate details as to what went on, and how each supporting character fits into the picture. Soderbergh and Dobbs do manage to do things credibly, as confrontations are cut to a revelation as it seeks to wrap things around its final act.

                     Gina Carano and Ewan McGregor in "Haywire."

                     Gina Carano in "Haywire."

                    Michael Fassbender and Gina Carano in "Haywire."

I know, the style feels somewhat similar to “Contagion” another recent Soderbergh film that I liked but wasn’t impressed with. What made “Haywire” such a fun watch is that it was able to make its simplicity part of its brilliance. The dialogue is pretty much simple and yet certain scenes had that witty charm that kept me engrossed in the film. It is all a matter of who screwed Mallory and why; and the film goes into a fast-paced overdrive as Mallory mows her way into a cast of supporting characters. It was refreshing to see such a stellar cast play the potential bad guy in the persons of Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender. Theirs were limited screen times, but they made such compelling pieces of the puzzle as even Bill Paxton played Mallory’s father, the only man she trusts.

Much of the film focuses on Gina Carrano as she goes from rooftop to rooftop, fighting baddies and showing her skills as a hand-to-hand combatant. She also gets to shoot some guns too, and the action scenes were what made the film. Carrano definitely had the skill and she does have the presence of a skilled fighter. It was so refreshing to see a woman who can fight and look sexy at the same time. Soderbergh shoots the fights and action scenes in a wide frame with some close-ups to express the struggle; the camera really did like Carrano as she makes for a very convincing female “Bourne”. I saw the complex martial arts moves and they were so much fun to see performed by a capable actress such as Carrano. Remember, it is easier to teach a martial artist how to act than to teach an actress how to do martial arts. Soderbergh definitely made the right choice with Carrano, as she also had the right physique to be a convincing female butt-kicker. I was also somewhat surprised that Soderbergh uses a soundtrack that seemed to emulate the classic spy dramas we’ve all been familiar with as Mallory goes about her way, and yet, the music stops as she fights her opponents as if the film wanted the viewer to see the purity of the action.

                          Gina Carano and Channing Tatum in "Haywire."

Michael Fassbender in "Haywire." Gina Carano in "Haywire."

Many may compare “Haywire” to “Salt”, but I believe that “Haywire” is really the one film that can be called the female version of Jason Bourne. It is a simple film that may feel familiar and yet the skill of the direction manages to keep it way above water. It was easy to ignore the predictable plot as Carrano debuts as the next female action star. I feel that the film had enough going that it may warrant a sequel, and while it may not truly leave a jaw-dropping impression, Soderbergh’s “Haywire” shows a lot of promise and may be a fine launch for Gina Carrano as Mallory Kane.

Recommended! [3 ½ Out of 5 Stars]

Poster art for "Haywire." Poster art for "Haywire."


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July 23, 2012
I saw this. I don't know if I penned a review or not (can't recall off the top of my head). I enjoyed it as a harmless diversion kind of flick. I've love to see Carrano do something else, as I didn't think the script had much teeth so far as her character was concerned. She just had to look good and kick @ss, which she did more than competently (sp?). But, yeah, I'd love to see her kick the cr@p out of Damon in real life.
February 07, 2012
Sounds like a must-see for me, I love the Bourne series and it's about time that they come out with a female version! I shared this one on Pinterest ;p
February 07, 2012
Thanks. The plot of this film is simple since I think it is a launch pad for Carrano; the film is made to showcase her prowess--and she got Soderbergh to do it, which is impressive. I do think Carrano has better moves than Damon as Bourne. Serious.
February 07, 2012
Carrano is a bad ass!
January 23, 2012
This is so much better than Salt in my opinion man, plus you know I love Gina. I have been following her evn before she was in MMA, she was killing in Muay Thai before all of that. Plus she is from TEXAS.
January 24, 2012
Oh yeah, Salt may have more ambition with its plot but this was more fun to watch and it does rock.
January 22, 2012
Nice. This seems kind of interesting. I'll probably see it someday. Most likely not while it's in theaters. Nonetheless, I liked your review; good coverage of the film!
January 22, 2012
Thanks, Ryan, coming from you it means a lot. I am just a sucker for some good action in a movie and this fills the bill.
January 22, 2012
LOL - you and your kick-ass women!!!
January 22, 2012
hee-hee! I like what I like ;)
January 22, 2012
LOL I know it!!!
January 22, 2012
Fight & look SEXY? LOL!!!
January 22, 2012
you know how I get attracted to women who can kick my butt LOL!
January 22, 2012
No woman kicking it this saturday night? ;-)
January 22, 2012
last night--not tonight ;-)
January 22, 2012
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review by . May 31, 2012
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*** out of ****    A young woman enters a diner. She is Mallory Kane (Gina Carano). She is followed soon thereafter by a man named Aaron (Channing Tatum). They talk for a little bit, although he seems upset, and just when the drinks that they ordered are about to be delivered to their table, Aaron strikes Mallory; and the two are involved in hand-to-hand combat. Mallory breaks Aaron's wrist but is wounded in her arm. A kind young man (Michael Angarano) gives Mallory the chance …
review by . January 28, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire takes an interesting and seldom used approach to the spy action thriller: It strips away all visual and thematic pretensions and simply plunges headfirst into pure adrenaline-pumping espionage. I’m hard pressed to say that the story is simple, and yet it’s clear to me that everything unnecessary has been left out, leaving only that which must be there for the sake of advancement. Although the fight sequences …
review by . January 19, 2012
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HAYWIRE Written by Lem Dobbs Directed by Steven Soderbergh Starring Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender and Channing Tatum   Aaron: Is this your idea of relaxing? Wine and gun maintenance?   To a large extent, both on the surface and at its root, Steven Soderbergh’s latest caper, HAYWIRE, is nothing more than a filmic excuse to watch former “American Gladiator”, Gina Carano, beat the living crap out of a bunch of big, strapping men. On many levels, …
review by . January 17, 2012
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review by . January 21, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Steven Sogerbergh has been talking about retiring from the film industry for some time now, that being said this is his 25th film in a little over 20 years. He has never done a movie involving so much fighting as he is usually known for his dark shots and dialogue heavy stories. He is still able to put his own spin on the genre and makes Haywire an enjoyable movie even if it leaves no long lasting impression.      Newcomer Gina Carano stars as a black ops agent seeking …
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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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