By Sr. Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.
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
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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