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Haywire (2011)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  20 January 2012 (USA)
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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

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Gina Carano, she was supposed to miss when she threw the vase at Michael Fassbender, but she had an adrenaline rush when they were shooting and smashed the vase against Fassbender's head. "Fassbender's crazy. He loves that shit," admits Carano. "He had no problem slamming me into anything. Actually, Steven Soderbergh told him once, 'We need to get this shot better when you slam her head into the wall.' And I was like, 'Damn, that thing's not soft!' Soderbergh is behind the camera and he's being really mischievous. He wants something bad to happen... Anyway, we were going for it and [Fassbender] slammed my head so hard into the wall I kind of lost it for a second. I kind of slammed a vase right into Fassbender's face, but he said he knew it was coming because he saw a flash in my eyes. And right after that happened I thought, 'I'm so fired. I'm going to lose this job,' because that was the first fight scene we did. But Fassbender, he loved training for the fight scenes." See more »


The story is about a mission in Barcelona, but the images of that mission are recorded in Madrid. 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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I really enjoyed this movie for one reason
11 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie stands out from any movie I've ever seen for one reason: it is the only movie I've seen where I believed the people fighting were actually fighting. I can't remember ever seeing a film where I was actually wincing and tensing up from fear that somebody was going to get hurt.

This isn't a film that depends on CGI or fast cuts or clever angles or even stunt people for the most part. The star of the film is clearly a very physical and capable woman of action, and she made me believe she was actually hurting the people she was pretending to hurt.

For that reason alone, it will always stand out in my memory. Most action films these days are terribly boring because it's all so cartoonish and exaggerated and stylized, and therefore unbelievable and fake. But this film kept the action grounded in the physical capabilities of its very capable star, and that made it anything but boring. I guess it didn't do to well at the box office, which is too bad. If this had launched a franchise I'd have been a big fan.

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