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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)
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.


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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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Did You Know?


Gina Carano's voice was dubbed over with actress Laura San Giacomo's voice. Laura San Giacomo starred in Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), also directed by Soderbergh. 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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References Wonder Woman (1975) See more »

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Dumb movie. Too many big actors, too little brain-work.
29 January 2012 | by (Paderborn, Germany) – See all my reviews

Better than Ocean 13 perhaps, but still quite bad. Gina Carano did so much better than John Cena. Too bad the director was Soderberg and not an 'actually' intelligent man. IMDb published an interview of Antonio Banderas on Haywire, but I wonder why. His screen time is less than 5 minutes in total, and not the most interesting 5 minutes either. Reasons are not explained, characters are not detailed, it is not a respectable film overall. Some people called Mallory the female Bourn. That is another mystery, because when I saw the world through Bourn's eyes, I never had any problem understanding what he was feeling or going through. In this film, I had no attachment with any of the characters. If the bad guys just killed Gina Carano in the middle of the film, I would not really feel any different, because I had no idea why a bunch of people were just randomly hurting, shooting at, or killing each other. I read a review a while back, where someone criticized those who came to watch this film expecting a real action film or some award- winning performances. He wrote he liked this film honestly because of the surreal feel. I can kind of appreciate his remark. Surrealism and retardedness are two extremes that can sometimes cross over from one side to the other. For mentally healthy people, who expect to see female Bourn with stylish performances from McGregor, Banderas, Fassbender, etc., I do not recommend this film at all. The film is well shot, well edited, the soundtrack is not too horrible, so I give it a 5. If I had to rate only the substance, I would rate it 1, like many others have done.

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