Opening in theatres this Friday from director Steven Soderbergh comes a film that goes completely “Haywire”.

This film tells the story of Mallory (Gina Carano), a woman who works special contracts doing jobs the government doesn’t want to know about. Given her last assignment by boss Kenneth (Ewan McGregor), she takes off for Barcelona, Spain.

The meeting is set up by an operative named Rodrigo (Antonio Banderas) with the help of Coblenz (Michael Douglas) to retrieve a dissident journalist. Meeting up her group is Aaron (Channing Tatum) and the task is complete.

Gina isn’t home a day before Kenneth asks her to do one last job with Paul (Michael Fassbender) which ends up turning everything upside down. Now, they have pushed her to far and she’s going to make sure they know it.

FINAL WORD: Carano is stunning to watch. She keeps her face straight and her eye on the guys (as it were). There wasn’t anything about her character I didn’t like and nothing about her response to the story that didn’t prove awesome to watch. This MMA fighter who goes by the nickname of “Conviction” has no problem showing she has plenty of it.

McGregor as Kenneth turns in a total slime performance, which is grand to see from him. His last role is in the film “Beginners” which won a Golden Globe for his co-star Christopher Plummer.

Channing Tatum is his not everything he seems which I love and sweet talks his way through to the end. Banderas in his beard is the ultimate game player just as Douglas is the ultimate politician.

Fassbender is a complete package here. He is charming and delightful to watch and, more importantly, takes his ass whuppin like a man!

Other cast include: Michael Angarano as Scott, Julian Acatraz as Victor, Eddie Fernandez as Barroso, Anthony Wong as Jiang and Aaron Cohen as Jaime.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Haywire” four tubs of popcorn out of five. This is one of the rare times I yelled and laughed out loud during a film. Gina is a serious, witty, very intelligent, fast and all out badass.

There is something oddly satisfying in watching her kick every one of her leading men’s asses. The screening audience was totally immersed in the film and couldn’t get enough. Move over “Contraband” – “Haywire” is in town and its not taking prisoners!

In the end – they left her no choice.

Movie Maven



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  1. Peter
    February 22, 2012 at 12:42 am

    I think Gina had the potential to skyrocket this year but now it seems like it’s going the other way.I hope she will recover soon, she’s lost a lot of fanfare for being MIA for so long. I still love her though!

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