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Haywire [Blu-ray]

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Gina Carano , Antonio Banderas , Steven Soderbergh    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gina Carano, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas
  • Directors: Steven Soderbergh
  • Format: Colour
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006512LWI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,522 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Marking the action film debut of MMA star Gina Carano, Haywire is an utterly relentless piece of cinema. It's from director Steven Soderbergh, himself better known for films such as Traffic and Contagion over straight-out action movies. That does mean, though, that he's comfortable finding his own way through the genre, and he does so with considerable style. Many of the trappings of the modern action movie are avoided as a result.

Carano plays a black ops specialist, who inevitably ends up being betrayed, and finds herself on the run from a cast of surprisingly high profile actors. Chief amongst them? Michael Douglas. But Haywire also finds room in its ranks for Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor and many others. Some appear fleetingly, others for longer, but there's a sense that you never quite know who's going to appear next.

Carano's never going to win acting awards, but her genuine MMA skill lends the film real authenticity to its action sequences. Bluntly, this is one action lead who you genuinely believe could do you some damage. The fast moving visuals keep pace with her, and the film, save for a stutter as it approaches the end, exceeds expectations. The DVD itself has a smattering of interesting extra features, but it's the rewatchable nature of the main feature that gives the very best value for money here. More action roles for Carano would be welcome, too. --Jon Foster

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Stephen Soderbergh directs an all star cast in action thriller Haywire, including mixed martial arts supremo Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, a highly-trained black ops specialist, contracted for hazardous covert missions by the US Government. When her paymaster’s point-man (Ewan McGregor) teams her with fellow agent (Channing Tatum) to extract a Chinese journalist held hostage in a Barcelona safe house, the mission swiftly unravels and she barely escapes with her life. During her next assignment in Dublin, with Irish assassin Paul (Michael Fassbender) Mallory is violently betrayed and pursued across the city by the local police and assorted ruthless hitmen.

Now the target of an international manhunt, spearheaded by the CIA official who hired her (Michael Douglas), Mallory realises she can trust no one and is forced to flee across the US from upstate New York to the New Mexico desert. There, she seeks refuge in the home of her ex-soldier father (Bill Paxton), but danger is not far behind her. As she confronts her heavily-armed pursuers, she begins to understand the cause of her betrayal, and the part played by a shadowy Spanish official (Antonio Banderas). Battling with her superiors to uncover the truth behind their deception, she sets out to exact revenge on those that want her dead.

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Move over Angelina, this is how its done! 7 Feb 2012
Gina Carano makes her bid for stardom under the watchful eye of director Steven Soderbergh and with a supporting cast full of Hollywood A-listers in this fast moving actioner.

In her first lead role mixed martial artist Carano gets to showcase her incredible fighting skills alongside acting talent that is certainly reasonable; albeit unlikely to trouble the Bafta voting panel. With the first fight scene arriving barely two minutes in, the story is revealed through a narrative flashback. In truth the plot is nothing special and could have been lifted from an average Van Damme or Seagal film although neither of those veterans have ever worked with so talented a cast or director. The plot is secondary though and merely serves as a vehicle to showcase Carano's talents and as such it does its job well. Leading men Tatum, McGregor and Fassbender get to go one-on-one with Carano while Douglas and Banderas make the most of cameo roles.

The film is slightly different from most action movies, rather than quick edits Soderbergh leaves the camera on a single view longer than most directors and sometimes we see sections of fights as though viewing from afar with the volume turned down. Despite the unusual touches this is a good if not great movie and I hope the so-so box office doesn't mean this is a one off for Carano. She makes a great leading lady and I hope to see her kicking ass on screen again in the near future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blistering 5 Nov 2012
By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Steven Soderbergh delivers another sassy, stylish thriller in the same mould of the Oceans films, but with more grit and urgency. This is an action film with brains and features a powerhouse performance from newcomer Gina Carano who is surely going to be the next big action heroine.

The film moves along at such a rate that it's already short running time just flies by in the blink of an eye. The action feels organic and brutal with some real bonecrunching moments. There is never any build up with music or tension and the film is all the better for itas the action scenes just burst out in sharp shocking moments. Gina Carano knows how to fight and each blow is felt.

It's also refreshing to have a heroine who gets hurt herself. She falls from roof tops and suffers injuries just like her adversaries. The story is the typical betrayed agent hunts down her employers for revenge, but it is done with such power and verve it feels very new.

Soderbergh mixes many of his normal traits into this film. It has the easy going suave of Ocean's Eleven and the washed out look of Traffic. It feels effortless in its execution and is just so easy to watch it makes the whole experience a joy.

A blistering, brutal story which proves this director is always working at his peak. He keeps saying he will be retiring soon. If this is anything to go by I hope we have a few years of his career left to savour.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised by this 10 Sep 2012
This is another of those movies that I bought on a whim and on the strength of the castlist and the big reviews on the back cover. Other than that I knew nothing except what the reviews implied - "Bourne type premise with a female Bourne".

On watching the first half hour I found the unknown (to me) actress appropriately comely - she certainly has the necessary assets to become a Hollywood starlet, but my sceptical attitude went right out the window as soon as I saw the second fight scene in the hotel room (come to think of it, I think the opponent went out the window too!). This was a Bourne type high speed close quarters fight to the death, but somehow much more believable than Bourne.

Carano doesn't have a lot of dialog, which is probably for the best, but it doesn't really hurt the movie. I remind readers that Clint Eastwood made a very successful acting career out of keeping his dialog to a minimum, and just squinting when he needed to.

Yes, there is a touch of disappointment when you realize that the big name cast members are really there as little more than cameos: a couple of scenes each. On the other hand I found that this actually helped the suspense. Typically if you see a big name in a movie then you know that actor will be around for the closing acts, hence the suspense is compromised because you know he can't be in real danger before that. Without giving too much away I can assure you that any such calculation would be quite wrong here!

Another thing I noticed is the soundtrack. In the first half of the movie at least it seemed to be a throwback to 1970's pounding jazzie stuff, like for example in "Dirty Harry". I'm in two minds about that, part of me enjoys the nostalgia, the other part of my mind reminds me that I hated that intrusive music then, and I still don't much care for it now! However I noticed this less in the second half.

All in all I considered this an enjoyable evenings viewing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun but very familliar 25 May 2012
Steven Soderbergh has directed some great films and is normally one of my favourite directors,one of those whose work i always look forward too. Haywire while enjoyable and good fun does have a sense of deja vu as a female secret agent played by a wooden Gina Carano is betrayed by the agency she works for. While Carano is wooden in the lead she more than makes up for it with some terrific fight scenes proving she can at least handle the action even if she cannot act. A very good supporting cast show her how the acting is done with a cast that incudes rising stars Michael Fassbender and Channing Tatum, an actor who started wooden but seems to be improving and established names like Ewan Mc.Gregor, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton and Michael Douglas round off the impressive cast. While not the most original action film you will ever see and Soderbergh has made a lot better this is still a very enjoyable and fun film.
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