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Haywire (2011)

Gina Carano , Michael Douglas  |  R |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (487 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gina Carano, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum, Debby Lynn Ross, Michael Fassbender
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (487 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007C4ZJ0S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,922 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Directed by Oscar® winner* Steven Soderbergh (Contagion), this dynamic action-thriller introduces mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, a black-ops agent for a government security contractor.

After freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, Mallory is double-crossed and left for dead – by someone in her own agency. Suddenly the target of assassins who know her every move, Mallory unleashes the fury of her fighting skills to uncover the truth and turn the tables on her ruthless adversary.

Featuring Carano performing her own high-adrenaline stunts and an all-star cast including Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas and Michael Douglas, HAYWIRE is explosive movie entertainment.

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97 of 105 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BLU RAY update of Soderbergh's great "B" movie March 6, 2012
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The amazing Steven Soderbergh directs and elevates another film genre. Specifically, "B" movies that focus on espionage, intrigue and high action martial arts fighting. In an unusual mixture of actors, he brings in former MMA superstar and calendar girl Gina Carano as the headliner. She plays an agent for hire who works for one of those Blackwater-type firms that do a lot of the foreign dirty work for Uncle Sam. For some reason, she is believed to be expendable and is used as a pawn in a double-cross to kill a Chinese journalist in Spain.

Unlike, the lithe Zoe Saldana in "Columbiana", Ms Carano is tall, firm and fully packed. The daughter of a former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, the beautiful fighter is very believable. She appears to be doing all of her own stunt work and from what I can discern without the aid of wiring and other devices. For example, in a rooftop chase she doesn't just leap up to grab a roof and catapult herself to the top. You can see the effort in her face. She's really doing this stuff! Her MMA skills also come into play with obvious boxing training. And you have to love it when she does a figure-4-leg-lock (sorry, I don't know the official name for the hold) around some guy's neck. She needs to get comfortable with the acting component of her new career, but she is far from terrible.

Soderbergh also manages to bring into the mix an assortment of "A" list actors, who must have been begging to have their asses kicked by this girl. Michael Douglas is the government man (CIA?) who hires the mercenaries headed by Ewan McGregor and who is Mallory's (Carano) boss. Bill Paxton is her dad. Michael Fassbender (his scenes with Carano are priceless) is a rogue MI:6 agent. Channing Tatum is a co-worker and part time lover.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Female Jason Statham May 11, 2012
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I know this isn't the best action movie ever made but I cannot believe some of the low ratings. Like Taken, the story is second to the action. The story is good enough and interesting enough to keep you interested but the action is the real story. Gina does a great job!!! She doesn't come across as someone acting like a tough "guy". She comes across as tough and real. I highly recommend this movie.
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84 of 102 people found the following review helpful
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So this was many months ago: Stunned in the aftermath of a brutal shellacking meted out by Chris Cyborg, MMA fighter Gina Carano entertained one of them standing at the crossroads moments. Which is around when Hollywood came knocking, when Steven Soderbergh decided to call and ask her to star in a movie. And here's HAYWIRE, fruit of their collaboration, a film that isn't high-brow or artsy or a Major Motion Picture. What it is, though, is gritty and action-packed and massively appealing. It just might make a movie star of Gina Carano. She's better looking than the Rock.

From the opening scene in an upstate New York diner, your eyes are fixed on Carano. She sits at her table quietly, but there's a trapped animal watchfulness about her and you're instantly put on guard. And yet when the sitch goes sour, it happens in a shocking heartbeat and you're caught unprepared anyway (unless, of course, you've seen the trailer). Carano plays Mallory Kane, an exceptional employee in a private contracting company that takes on all manner of dirty ops work. The narrative doesn't follow a linear track. It shifts back and forth from the present and the past. As the film opens, Mallory Kane already has a bullseye on her.

Mallory must work thru a labyrinthine puzzle to figure out all them what betrayed her. It all goes back to an eventful rescue mission executed by Mallory and her fellow agents in Barcelona - of which entirety we see in flashback. But all this is a superfluous info dump. It's the film's MacGuffin. Somewhere along the way, someone high up in the cloak & dagger community made the decision to sanction Mallory Kane. This then allows us to marvel at Carano as her resourceful, lethally capable character travels the globe bent on exacting revenge.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit-Girl all grown up October 22, 2012
Format:DVD
The action hero genre has long resisted a strong female lead. Although Angelina Jolie is the current reigning queen, her sexiness is as much a driving force as her martial prowess. Steven Soderbergh clearly thought he could do better with Gina Carano, a real life mixed martial arts champion. Is she up to the challenge?

Yes and no. One the one hand, Soderbergh has created a character that's not very hard for her to play. Mallory Kane (Carano) is a Jason Bourne-style cipher, with a ruthless reputation. When she is tapped for a mission as a government contractor, there are layers upon layers of intrigue that swirl around her, with Kane as the most valuable piece in the game. That doesn't really ever reflect on Carano's face though, which seems to be frozen in a bemused smirk.

The story is told in media res as she meets a man in a diner who isn't who she hoped. Soderbergh carefully stages each one of her fight scenes, and it's fascinating to see Carano in action. She literally crawls up her opponents, using a woman's physical advantages - powerful legs - to counterbalance opponents who are out of her weight class. After fleeing the scene with the assistance of an innocent bystander, she tells him -- and the audience - her tale.

And it's a doozy. A Chinese dissident/professor/journalist has been kidnapped and it's up to Carano's team to get him back. Or is it? Is she working for the good guys or the bad guys? This being a Soderbergh film, it's likely there are no good guys here.

Soderbergh has fun with his, casting Carano in a variety of scenes where she brutally beats men to death. See Kane kill a man in a diner...in a cocktail dress...and on a beautiful beach as the sun sets!

Carano plays Kane as uncomfortable in social settings.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Action packed she should make more movies
Published 4 days ago by arthurfranklin
5.0 out of 5 stars The best fighting scenes I've seen in a while (and the movie's not bad...
Perfect for what it is. Outstanding fight choreography and excellent camera work make every action sequence actually exciting to watch. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
item received as described and in a timely manner
Published 5 days ago by Gene R. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
love it
Published 7 days ago by nikkosmom
3.0 out of 5 stars Can not say I enjoyed it. Received in a timely manner and good ...
This is the type of movie you only watch one in a while. Can not say I enjoyed it. Received in a timely manner and good condition.
Published 7 days ago by Pop
4.0 out of 5 stars Way to go girl.
Gina kicks butt and most of it is without a stunt woman doing it for her. Pretty good story and good supporting cast.
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Action!
I honestly can't tell enough people how much I love this movie! I love it because it is a full-bore action flick with a FEMALE LEAD, and let me tell you, Gina Carano--an MMA... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jinxie G
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good action flic, to much of the story jumping around, back and forth...
Published 10 days ago by roger845
4.0 out of 5 stars I was surprised how much I liked this movie
I was surprised how much I liked this movie. Gina Carano is very good at her profession, enjoy watching her kick butt!
Published 12 days ago by William Bodi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
AWESOME ACTION MOVIE, GINA ROCKS!
Published 13 days ago by Tomei
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