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Haywire (2011)

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A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Debby Lynn Ross ...
Diner Waitress (as Debby Ross Rondell)
Lluís Botella Pont ...
Helpful Guy (as Lluís Botella)
Aaron Cohen ...
James Flynn ...
Hotel Clerk


Freelance covert operative Mallory Kane is hired out by her handler to various global entities to perform jobs which governments can't authorize and heads of state would rather not know about. After a mission to rescue a hostage in Barcelona, Mallory is quickly dispatched on another mission to Dublin. When the operation goes awry and Mallory finds she has been double crossed, she needs to use all of her skills, tricks and abilities to escape an international manhunt, make it back to the United States, protect her family, and exact revenge on those that have betrayed her. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They left her no choice.


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 January 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Knockout  »

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Box Office


$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,425,370 (USA) (20 January 2012)


$18,934,858 (USA) (16 March 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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The copyright holder of this film is "Five Continents Imports." Five Continents Imports is a cover name for the CIA in the 1975 film Three Days of the Condor (1975). See more »


When Mallory finds out she has a tracker in her backpack, she runs out of the store and across the street into a hotel. As she runs up the stairs she throws a lot of stuff into the stairwell to slow her pursuers. But when the SWAT team comes up the stairs there is nothing there anymore. See more »


[first lines]
Mallory Kane: Shit.
[deep breath]
Aaron: [sitting down] What the hell are you doing out here? I had to drive all night. I'm hungover as shit. And you're really starting to cut into my vacation time, so can we go please?
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Flat plot with commendable action scenes
21 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

Haywire stars MMA fighter Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, a mercenary sent on a mission to retrieve a hostage in Barcelona. Mallory had planned to leave her current mercenary outfit, but her boss convinced her to finish one more job in Dublin, where she meets her partner Paul (Michael Fassbender). At a party hosted by their contact, a mysterious gentleman, Mallory discovers that she has been double-crossed and spends the remainder of the movie following the typical revenge scenario of tracking down her wrongdoers.

While director Steven Soderbergh attempts to add flavor to the plot by starting the film in medias res, this technique does not add value to the already flat plot-line. Instead, Carano's superb action scenes carry the movie. You can immediately tell from her fighting technique that she is a superb MMA fighter, as her style is very similar to that portrayed in the MMA film Warrior. Furthermore, Soderbergh's decision to portray these action scenes with all background noise silent gives Haywire a more realistic feel.

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