- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Region: Region A/1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: LIONSGATE
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After freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, Mallory is double-crossed and left for dead – by someone in her own agency. Suddenly the target of assassins who know her every move, Mallory unleashes the fury of her fighting skills to uncover the truth and turn the tables on her ruthless adversary.
- Region: Region A/1
- Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Digital_copy
- Runtime: 93 minutes
- Rating: R
- Language: English & English, Spanish Subtitles
- Disc: 1
- Actors: Gina Carano, Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas, Michael Angarano
- Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Action & Adventure
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We enjoyed the fight scenes, the scenery, the pace, the twists and turns. We didn't like the fact that several things were left unexplained / red herrings? (explained in a sequel maybe?) but hey, it was a fun film to watch, and we're going to watch it again this week.
One warning: at one point, a vehicle hits a "deer" BUT the deer looks very, very fake (wobbles like rubber, not much detail on it), so animal lovers can breathe a sigh of relief.
The film starts off in an ordinary way. A young woman goes into a roadside diner and sits down. She orders tea, and in walks a man who goes right over to her, sits down across the table from her. There isn't much small talk (this film isn't big on dialogue over all), he orders a cup of coffee..
and then the guy throws hot coffee in her face and starts laying a beating on her. We thought, "What the ....?" and the other diners look shocked as well. Here's this helpless, petite gal getting beat up by this tall, muscly guy. And this preconception... misconception... and others continue to be shattered throughout the film.
We find the heroine gives better than she gets, and is tough through and through. She's been marked for death, but why, and by whom? We find out through flashbacks what has led to this situation, and it's a plausible, interesting story.
Hard to believe this is Gina Carano's first film. She's tough (in real life too), is 30, and is 5'8", 145 lbs of muscle (stats according to [...]), so right there she's not like so many actresses today (fluffy, whiny, and anorexic). When the film opens, GC looks kind of ratty, but that's the idea. In flashbacks, we get to see her before the fit hit the shan, and she looks smokin' hot.
Bill Paxton (Twister) is understated but excellent in the later part of the film, and does an excellent job of balancing emotions and words, drawing us in even further.
Antonio Banderas, Ewan MacGregor, and Channing Tatum are also excellent.
Over all, a very enjoyable film, and I do hope there is a sequel in the works.
From Directed by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (‘Traffic’ and ‘Contagion’), this dynamic action-thriller introduces mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, a black-ops agent for a government security contractor. After freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, Mallory is double-crossed and left for dead by someone in her own agency. Suddenly the target of assassins who know her every move, Mallory Kane unleashes the fury of her fighting skills to uncover the truth and turn the tables on her ruthless adversary. Featuring Gina Carano performing her own high-adrenaline stunts and an all-star cast including Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas and Michael Douglas, ‘HAYWIRE’ is explosive movie entertainment.
Cast: Gina Carano, Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Michael Angarano, Mathieu Kassovitz, Eddie J. Fernandez, Anthony Brandon Wong, Tim Connolly, Maximino Arciniega, Aaron Cohen, Natascha Berg and Fergal O'Halloran
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Producer: Gregory Jacobs
Screenplay: Lem Dobbs
Composer: David Holmes
Cinematography: Peter Andrews (a pseudonym for Steven Soderbergh)
Video Resolution: 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 2:40:1
Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Subtitles: English, English SDH and Spanish
Running Time: 93 minutes
Region: Region A/1
Number of discs: 1
Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: Gina Carano stars as a covert operative who proceeds to whoop a succession of macho leading men in addition to assorted anonymous foes. Imagine an entire action film dedicated to the proposition that every fight possesses the intensity of the classic Sean Connery and Robert Shaw to-the-death scrap in ‘From Russia With Love’ and you’ll know what ‘Haywire’ is all about. Steven Soderbergh celebrates making his 25th feature film within 22 years with a kick-ass international action romp top lining mixed martial arts star Gina Carano as a covert operative who proceeds to whoop a succession of macho leading men in addition to assorted anonymous foes.
An awesome, black-haired hard toned body who wears an evening dress as easily as she does a hoodie, Gina Carano exudes the sort of self-confidence and physical wherewithal that leaves no doubt she can prevail in any situation. This is essential because the film rides upon one’s certainty that her character, Mallory Kane, an international trouble-shooter assigned to off-the-books missions, can take out virtually any guy in her own imitable self-stylised combat. Steven Soderbergh shoots her half-a-dozen or so fight scenes without doubles or cheat editing, emphasising his star’s abilities to the extent that the semblance and extremity of the combat’s reality becomes the film’s entire raison d’etre.
In this, ‘Haywire’ entirely and winningly succeeds. In one sequence, she chases a young man across half of Barcelona until she catches up with him and lets him have it. Elsewhere, she bounces off walls, leaps from one building to another, employs a devastating leg lock, exhibits extraordinary backward driving skills, shoots unerringly, slams guys into assorted hard surfaces, knows just where to kick and, once, sensing she’s met a physical complement, makes out with a young hunk. The script makes no attempt to assert its plausibility or realism; it is, instead, refreshingly frank about what it is, a simple, workable framework for the melees and mayhem.
‘Haywire’ gets right down to the business in the opening scene, a very rough tussle between Mallory Kane and an agent [Channing Tatum] with whom she has history. Escaping in a car with a freaked-out young man named Scott [Michael Angarano], she relates what’s led up to this tense moment, beginning with the Barcelona caper, which Mallory Kane pulled off with great panache.
Mallory Kane’s point man [Ewan McGregor]) then sends her to Dublin on unwanted arm-candy duty with another operative, the dashing Paul [Michael Fassbender]. The two are very well matched physically, in their sophistication and their ruthlessness, which becomes apparent when Paul, instead of putting the make on her, tries to kill her.
The fine use of locations, elegantly mobile shooting style and hair-trigger editing are all in line with what one expects from Steven Soderbergh. But here the generally larky but serious-when-it-needs-to-be tone is set by the wildly diverse musical contributions of David Holmes, whose film score-sampling background and blues-and-jazz techno orientation yield many different flavours to occasionally jarring but overall buoyant effect. As solid as all the male actors are, in the end the show belongs to Steven Soderbergh, who took a risk with a largely untested leading lady, and Gina Carano, whose shoulders, and everything else, prove plenty strong enough to carry the film. The director shrewdly determined what she could and perhaps couldn’t do, and she delivered with a turn that makes other actresses who have attempted such roles, no matter how toned and buff they became. All in all it is a real action packed tour-de-force film. The only negative aspect of this film was Ewan McGregor ghastly bad American accent, why couldn’t they have allowed him to use his normal Scottish accent? Also I hated it when they leave you in the air with the final shot at the end of the film when Gina Carano and Antonio Banderas stare at each other, I like things tied up neatly, especially in wanting to know what the final outcome will be. Also does anyone notice Gina Carano different hair styles in odd order sequences throughout the film?
Blu-ray Video Quality – This release is in the full encoded 1080p image with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. The black level are solid, as well as the flesh tones are very true to life. The colour presentation is also good for visual style. Sometimes there are some changes between cool and warm tones as well as the occasional flashes to Black-and-White. This all blends together very nicely and I have to say the cinematography here itself by Peter Andrews (actually Steven Soderbergh himself) is absolutely great. The visual presentation is very crisp and clean, making it a great example of what the Blu-ray Disc format can deliver. The choice to shoot the film digitally really paid off and as a result I’m giving this an impressive 5 star rating.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – This release is presented in the awesome 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround mix and the film itself is heavily driven by the original Score composed by David Holmes. His music starts the film up nicely with a subtle sense letting the dialogue and sound effects get the most of the mix but do have an excellent amount of rear surround presence. The dialogue is delivered “spot on” through the front centre channel and never once is drowned out by any of the action throughout the film. The first fight sequence is pretty quiet in ways but still packs a punch to it and holds its intensity. Once things progress in the film, you’ll see what I mean about the music setting the mood with the sound effects such as explosions and gunfire. This will last a good intense 6 minutes or so and is very cool effect that you’ll be treated to again later in the film. All and all the Score here is what stands out but this does have some occasional loud monstrous sound effects that will surely leave your subwoofer thumping the room quite a bit throughout the film. It’s a thumping, good ass-kicking good time from start to finish with fitting music to carry things along. This earns itself an impressive overall audio quality.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:
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Feature Documentary: Gina Carano In Training  1080p] [16:9] [16:02] We get a very interesting insight into the actress Gina Carano [Mallory Kane] and her portrayal of the character in the film and also her family background. We also get some interesting contributions from the likes of Jamie Levine [Founder/Owner World Extreme Fighting]; Steven Soderbergh [Director]; Aaron Cohen [Special Ops Technical Advisor]; J.J. Perry [Fight Choreographer]; Michael Fassbender [Paul]; Channing Tatum [Aaron] and Ewan McGregor [Kenneth]. What is also very interesting very insightful documentary is that you get to see part of the “World Extreme Fighting” TV broadcast, where Gina Carano won her fight and Steven Soderbergh saw this broadcast and felt Gina would be ideal for the main character in ‘Haywire.’ We also get to see fascinating insight of behind-the-scenes of Gina Carano rigorous intense training sessions and also all aspect of filming scenes from the film.
Feature Documentary: The Men of HAYWIRE  [1080p] [16:9] [5:28] With this particular documentary we get very intimate and interesting conversations from the main actors who appear in the film and talk about their experiences in being involved with the film and also being directed by Steven Soderbergh and are they Michael Fassbender; Ewan McGregor; Channing tatum and Antonio Banderas. One thing that puzzled me is when the title of the documentary appears in black-and-white, you get the 6 photos that appear on the Blu-ray Cover, but Michael Douglas is not included in the documentary, which is a shame, as I would have liked to hear his views on the film, very strange. But despite this anomaly, it is a really nice bonus extra.
Sneak Peaks from LIONSGATE [9:04] The Expendables 2 [1080p] [1.85:1]; The Hunger Games  [1.85:1]; WARRIOR [1080p] [16:9]; Man On The Ledge [1080p] [1.85:1] and EXPiX Promotional Cable Advert [1080p] [16:9]
Finally, ‘Haywire’ is well aware of what kind of film it is. It isn’t cloying and annoyingly self-aware, but the film does have a sense of humour about itself. The first part of the film is framed by Mallory Kane, in what can only be described as heavy handed exposition, telling her story to Scott [Michael Angarano], a youngster she carjacks. When she tells him about being a private contractor, he asks, “That’s actually real?” And after she dumps even more generic action film information on him, he says, “Yeah, that makes sense.” There are a few more slight indicators like these sprinkled throughout, enough to let you know that ‘Haywire’ doesn’t think it is anything greater than what it is. If not for the clout of the people involved. Sure there are artistic embellishments, but there is no attempt to turn this into high art. ‘Haywire’ is a badass genre action film with big name cast, and that is exactly what it wants to be. It is fun, doesn’t waste any time with unnecessary details, and is more about kicking ass than anything else. And at the end of the day, that’s all I really want out of this film. Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom