Theatrical Release: 1/20/2012
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: Lem Dobbs
Producer: Gregory Jacobs
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Runtime: 93 min.
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Gina Carano,
Mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano (American Gladiators) makes her feature film debut, starring and performing her own high-adrenaline stunts. The film's talented cast also includes Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (Desperado), Bill Paxton (Titanic), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) and Michael Angarano (Almost Famous).
In Haywire, an electrifying tale of espionage and betrayal, a female covert ops specialist (Carano), who works in the deadly world of international operatives, strikes back after discovering she's been double-crossed by someone close to her in the agency. The film is produced by Gregory Jacobs (Ocean's Trilogy) and written by Lem Dobbs (The Limey).
"Haywire" features some nice themes, including a close relationship between Mallory (Gina Carano) and her father, the kind which will make those who don't have this kind of relationship long for it and remind those who do how fortunate they are. The film also hits on a truth and that is that sometimes we deal with problems which we don't deserve or did not create on our own but we have to pick up the mess. To add insult to injury, she's been double crossed in an operation which will require her every skill to survive and skills are something she is blessed with.
The film and action are fast-paced but some of the flashback scenes might be a bit confusing unless the viewer is paying close attention. At any rate, the sex, language and violence content levels all hit a three or above which means this one can't receive our Dove "Family-Approved' Seal.
Sex: It's implied that a man and woman were past lovers; woman loosens man's belt and they kiss and make out and later sex is implied; woman remembers making out; woman passes a strawberry into a man's mouth twice by kissing.
Language: JC-2; J-1;F-1; S-6; H-2G/OMG-1
Violence: Man throws coffee in woman's face; hits her on the head with the coffee mug and she falls to the floor, grabs her by her hair and slaps her; woman kicked in back; woman's head slammed into counter; woman thrown to the floor and man repeatedly punches her in the face; woman kicks man; man elbowed in the face; woman hits man in head; woman's arm grazed with bullet; man hit in crotch; man's arm is broken; man is thrown and hits head on a coffee stool; man repeatedly hit and kicked; explosives used to force open a door; exchange of gun fire; man knocks people over while running through the street; man smashes object on woman's head; man thrown into sliding door; bullet hole seen in man's head; other fights and punches; man hit on head with a vase; woman puts pillow to man's head and fires gun through it and he is killed but no blood is seen; woman slips and falls hard to the ground; woman drives fast in reverse and runs into a deer which crashes through the back window; cops are shot; pool of blood seen by man.
Drugs: Beer, wine and whiskey are consumed; cigar and cigarette smoking; a man asks a woman if she is in the drug business and she replies, "No".
Nudity: Man seen in just a towel; cleavage; woman showers but nothing can be seen through the glass; woman sits on a man's lap while wearing a bikini.
Other: Disrespect shown by a few characters; a jump scene involving a deer coming through a windshield; a few other jump scenes.