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Haywire

By
Sr. Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.
Source: AmericanCatholic.org


Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) sits in a rural diner waiting for someone but the wrong man comes in, Aaron (Channing Tatum). She says “Barcelona” and beats him off when he tries  to make her go with him. She escapes by carjacking a vehicle with a young man, Scott (Michael Angarano) in it and takes him for the ride of his life. As they race away she begins telling him a story that he is to repeat to the police, the newspaper, anyone who will listen, should anything happen to her.
 
Mallory works for a military corporation contracted to the U.S. government. The company is headed by Kenneth (Ewan McGregor) and the U.S. government is represented by Coblenz (Michael Douglas). Mallory wants out but takes one last job in Barcelona. She and her team succeed in rescuing a Chinese dissident but it becomes evident soon after that she is the  target for elimination and everything else is a an elaborate ruse to do so. Her whole world goes haywire.
 
“Haywire” could have been the usual spy-traitor-revenge story but it was riveting as a survival self-defense story. Cina Carrano is a Mixed Martial Arts expert and has appeared often on “American Gladiator”. She’s very credible in this intense adventure role. Bill Paxton plays her father, a former Marine who writes spy thrillers from his retreat in New Mexico.  He understands his daughter perfectly.
 
Director Steven Soderbergh never makes a frivolous movie. Here, using a tight script written by Lem Dobbs, he makes a case for the precarious ethical union between the U.S. government and the military industry that is unregulated, extremely profitable, and thriving.
 
Innocent people get killed when greed, ambition and power go unchecked. If you go a step further the film is stating quite clearly that these are our tax dollars at work.
 
Is Mallory getting her revenge or is she defending her life? I think Soderbergh makes a good case for self-defense in this new world order of war at any price.


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