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
When Mallory & Scott are driving, she tells him to have a drink of water in her backpack. She wants some too, but has to have him pour it in her mouth because of an injury to her arm. However, just minutes later while running from law enforcement, she is backing up at a high rate of speed, her bad arm is extended and gripping the passenger seat tightly. See more »
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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It's got a simple, but hugely unoriginal plot - Special Ops agent gets
doubled-crossed (yawn) and proceeds to exact her revenge on those who
wronged her, yeah, it sounds very much like the standard plot for your
average Steven Seagal straight-to-DVD actioner - not a film directed by
I suspect that Soderbergh is not overly familiar with this particular
genre, otherwise he might have avoided the clichéd script like the
The direction for this piece is restrained almost to the point of
inertia - any energy generated within the action scenes comes sorely
from the mixed-martial artistry of Ms. Carano, it almost feels as if
Mr. Soderbergh is embarrassed by the notion of directing an action
Soderbergh does his usual thing of peppering his films with stars
and/or solid character actors, but despite the presence of the likes of
Ewan MacGregor, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas,
etc, they are underused in what are essentially expanded cameos - only
MacGregor gets to shine a little, but his character is underwritten and
lacks any credible motivation for his actions.
Gina Carano acquits herself quite well, especially so given the fact
that she is carrying the movie on her inexperienced shoulders - that
and the cold, hard reality that her character is basically a Jason
Bourne clone, albeit with female genitalia...
The film also suffers from the fact that it doesn't have a climax, it
just simply stops.
The restrained approach Soderbergh adopted for this film is it's
undoing - short, sporadic bursts of action in an uninspired and
leisurely-paced script damage Haywire badly, if Steven Soderbergh had
bothered to have injected a bit more zest and flair into his direction,
the film might have been redeemed somewhat and not turned into the
lifeless, miserable clone that it is.
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