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Haywire: Movie Review


Genre: Action, Thriller
Rated: R
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Starring: Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Michael Fassbender, Bill Paxton
Released by: Relativity Media


In Short: There's a new tough gal in town, and she's going to steal your heart right after she kicks your ass.

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YOU GO, GIRL!

Gina Carano Bursts Into Stardom with a Kick-Ass Film Debut

Unless Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is something you follow, you probably have never heard of Gina Carano. The strikingly beautiful brunette is one of the top champions of that brutal fighting sport; now she's brought those mad skills to the new action thriller "Haywire," with simply grand results.

Carano wisely joined forces with director Steven Soderbergh, he of "Contagion," "Ocean's Eleven" and "Traffic" fame, a guy who really knows how to keep the action moving. And move it does in "Haywire," as Carano's character Mallory Kane, an ex-Marine who is now contracted with a private company that does a lot of the U.S. government's dirty work, is being hung out to dry by her boss and his cronies inside the State Department.

As the narrative moves from past to present and back again, one thing is clear. Our heroine is a woman who can do it all, from masterminding a secret op to putting the hurt on anyone (mostly male) that stands in her way. She's a fighting machine, and because of Carano's real-life experience in the MMA ring, she absolutely looks like she can defeat men twice her size.

Antonio Banderas in Haywire Gina Carano and Ewan McGregor in Haywire

With its taut, complex, spy-versus-spy story that keeps the viewer guessing, "Haywire" is much more than just a mindless bust-'em-up action flick. Its top-notch cast, including Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender, helps all of the incredible action come off with complete believability.

Carano's film debut is a gem, as she batters her way out of one hopeless situation and into another, all the while figuring out how the underhanded moves that her enemies are making against her connect. She's perfectly cast in the role, and is sure to be Hollywood's next big female action hero. Look out, Angelina Jolie, Gina Carano is ready for a no-holds-barred fight for that top position, and she may just be able to take you down!

Reviewed by Jenny Peters

 



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