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|Directed by||Steven Soderbergh|
|Produced by||Gregory Jacobs|
|Written by||Lem Dobbs|
|Starring||Gina Carano |
|Music by||David Holmes|
|Distributed by||Relativity Media (theatrical, U.S.) |
Overture Films (theatrical, non-U.S.)
|Release date(s)||November 6, 2011(AFI Fest) |
January 20, 2012 (United States)
|Running time||93 minutes|
|Box office||$31,143,859 |
Haywire is a 2011 action-thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Gina Carano, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, and Michael Fassbender.
Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) enters a diner in Upstate New York and waits. A car arrives and Aaron (Channing Tatum) joins her. After a short conversation Aaron orders Mallory to get in his car. She refuses, and they fight, with Aaron nearly capturing Mallory before the intervention of Scott (Michael Angarano), a young customer in the diner, allows Mallory to break Aaron's arm and escape with Scott in Scott's car. As they flee, Mallory tells Scott who she is and what she's experienced in the last week, and these sequences are intermixed with scenes of their flight as flashbacks.
Mallory tells Scott that she and Aaron work for a private firm employed by the American government for covert operations. One week before, the firm's director (and Mallory's ex-boyfriend) Kenneth (Ewan McGregor) attended a meeting in Washington DC arranged by government agent Coblenz (Michael Douglas). Kenneth's firm was hired to rescue Jiang (Anthony Brandon Wong), who is being held hostage in an apartment in Barcelona. Also present at the meeting was Coblenz' Spanish contact, Rodrigo (Antonio Banderas).
Mallory and her team, which includes Aaron, travel to Barcelona and despite difficulties succeed in rescuing Jiang and delivering him to Rodrigo.
Back in the USA, Mallory is approached by Kenneth, who insists she undertake what he claims is an easy assignment: pose as the wife of British MI6 agent Paul (Michael Fassbender) during a mission in Dublin. Mallory agrees and accompanies Paul to a party at Russborough House, where they meet with his contact, Studer (Mathieu Kassovitz). Paul meets with Studer again as Mallory watches from afar. She sees Paul go into a barn, and after he leaves she enters it to find Jiang dead, clutching in his hand a brooch which Kenneth had insisted she wear as a recognition signal for her initial contact with Paul. Mallory realizes she has been set up.
After returning to their hotel room Paul attacks Mallory, and they fight; Mallory gets the upper hand and shoots Paul dead. Mallory calls Kenneth from Paul's phone and Kenneth reveals that he's aware of the set-up before realizing it's Mallory he's speaking to. As Mallory leaves the hotel, she evades what are presumably Kenneth's agents tailing her, but heavily armed police appear and try to arrest her. She escapes after a chase, and manages to sneak onto a ferry to England.
Mallory calls Rodrigo from the ferry and asks him whether it was he or Kenneth who set her up, and then hangs up. This prompts Rodrigo to call Coblenz, who then calls Mallory. Coblenz tells Mallory that he has had suspicions about Kenneth for some time. Coblenz then contacts Kenneth and tells him to inform Mallory's father, John Kane (Bill Paxton), (who already knows of his daughter's occupation), of her purported crimes.
Meanwhile, Mallory manages to enter the United States via Canada and reach the diner, where she expected to meet Kenneth. Now on the road with Scott, Mallory and Scott are chased by the police and hit a tree after a deer runs into Scott's car. They are both taken into custody, but soon the police are ambushed by Kenneth's assassins posing as federal agents. Mallory manages to kill one of the assassins and they flee in one of the police cars. She releases Scott and gives him a number to call for protection and leaves to meet with her father.
Mallory reaches her father's house in New Mexico before Kenneth, Aaron, and two other men arrive, posing as the police, to interrogate John on his daughter's whereabouts. Aaron starts to realize, after receiving a photograph on his phone of Jiang lying dead, that Mallory might have been set up. He tries to press Kenneth for the truth, but Kenneth shoots him in the abdomen and escapes as Mallory takes out his other men. Aaron apologizes to Mallory, and dies in her arms due to blood loss.
The following day Mallory meets with Coblenz, who reveals that he told Kenneth to contact Mallory's father with the expectation that she would kill him there. Mallory asks Coblenz to fix things with Scott, which he promises to do. Coblenz also informs Mallory of Kenneth's location. Before Mallory leaves, Coblenz offers her a government job but she replies only that she'll let him know, after she finds Kenneth.
In Mexico, Mallory confronts Kenneth on the beach and they fight. Kenneth tries to escape, but gets his foot twisted and jammed between two rocks. Kenneth reveals that Jiang was a journalist who had written a series of articles exposing Studer's crimes. Knowing that Mallory planned to leave his firm, Kenneth arranged for her to rescue Jiang and deliver him to Rodrigo, who then delivered him to Studer, who killed him. Kenneth then framed Mallory, planning to cut all ties that could lead to him by convincing Paul that Mallory was a double agent whom he should kill. With all crimes being blamed on Mallory, Paul could claim to have killed her in self-defense. Mallory leaves Kenneth to drown in the incoming tide for his betrayal.
A few days later, Mallory locates Rodrigo, who is enjoying a vacation in Majorca. The film ends just as she confronts Rodrigo, presumably intending to eliminate him as the last remaining link in the conspiracy against her.
- Gina Carano as Mallory Kane
- Michael Fassbender as Paul
- Ewan McGregor as Kenneth
- Bill Paxton as John Kane
- Channing Tatum as Aaron
- Antonio Banderas as Rodrigo
- Michael Douglas as Coblenz
- Michael Angarano as Scott
- Mathieu Kassovitz as Studer
- Eddie J. Fernandez as Barroso
- Anthony Brandon Wong as Jiang
- Tim Connolly as Jason
- Maximino Arciniega as Gomez
- Aaron Cohen as Jamie
- Natascha Berg as Liliana
- Fergal O'Halloran as Hotel Clerk
The film was first announced in September 2009 originally under the title of Knockout, which was later changed to Haywire, before production began.
The film's screenplay was written specifically to be shot in Dublin. The film was shot mostly in Ireland, filming began from 2 February 2010 to 25 March 2010 on a budget of around $25 million. Production of the film created over one-hundred jobs in the area where it was filmed.
The first pictures from the set were revealed on February 26, 2010.
The film has received positive reviews from critics. Online review website Rotten Tomatoes has reported that 80% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 161 reviews. The site's critical consensus is "Haywire is a fast and spare thriller, with cleanly staged set pieces that immerse you in the action." Claudia Puig of USA Today stated that the film was "a vigorous spy thriller that consistently beckons the viewer to catch up with its narrative twists and turns. Bordering on convoluted, it works best when in combat mode." Andrew O'Hehir of Salon.com shared a similar view, saying "'Haywire' is a lean, clean production, shot and edited by Soderbergh himself and utterly free of the incoherent action sequences and overcooked special effects that plague similarly scaled Hollywood pictures."
On the negative side, Richard Corliss of Time said "Carano is her own best stuntwoman, but in the dialogue scenes she's all kick and no charisma. The MMA battler lacks the conviction she so forcefully displayed in the ring. She is not Haywire's heroine but its hostage." Keith Uhlich of Time Out New York wrote, "There's shockingly little thrill in watching Carano bounce off walls and pummel antagonists."
However, the film was panned by audiences, earning a D+ CinemaScore.
The film opened in the UK at number two at the box office.
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