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Haywire (15)

Action, Thriller

A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.

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The critical consensus

It’s a stripped-down action chase movie directed, shot and edited by Soderbergh with a level of energy and invention that puts most action directors to shame.

****(*)Paul Gallagher, The List, 05/12/2011

Hard, fast, brutal: Soderbergh’s sucker-punch return to action knows what it’s about. Not subtle or substantial, but it gets to work with flab-free focus. Beat that, Bourne 4.

***(*)(*)Kevin Harley, Total Film, 06/01/2012

The patsy-out-for-payback plot may be old hat, but Soderbergh’s trademark tricksy structure and elliptical flashbacks do a fine job of making the familiar feel fresh.

****(*)Jamie Dunn, The Skinny, Jamie Dunn, 12/01/2012

This isn't just the best action film since Bourne, it also exudes the sort of flair and cool of a 60s Bond movie. A class act.

David Edwards, Daily Record, 13/01/2012

Gina Carano shows off the fighting skills of Mrs Bourne Identity but the acting range of Mr Turnip.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 15/01/2012

A fresh, muscular payback movie shot through with Soderbergh’s mischievous indie-spirit. Whether Gina Carano is the new Angelina or the new Cynthia Rothrock, only time will tell...

****(*)Simon Crook, Empire Online, 16/01/2012

Tense, invigorating [to] watch...just don't expect much from the plot.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 18/01/2012

Steven Soderbergh brings an enjoyably artful approach to ass-kicking mayhem with this stripped down, tightly wound riff on the rogue agent revenge flick.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 19/01/2012

Soderbergh keeps the tale roaring along, giving Carano ever more inventive ways of showing the boys she's not a mere girl. Soderbergh at his grooviest.

***(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 19/01/2012

You need a diploma in Gobbledegook to know what is going on, never mind to care.

(*)(*)(*)(*)(*)Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 19/01/2012

Soderbergh seems to be relishing cinema’s potential for fun – and that means we do, too.

Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 19/01/2012

The fights are awe-inspiringly real looking. But there are only about three or four such moments, and the rest of the film is taken up with pretty boring moody location work in various cities.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 19/01/2012

I'm not sure Carano has great expressive technique as an actor, but she's very watchable as the nutsack-punching, rooftop-leaping street commando.

Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 20/01/2012

I gather that Ms Carano is a kung fu legend and a martial arts champ. What she most definitely isn’t is an actress.

Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 20/01/2012

Formulaic thriller. At least the fight sequences are cool. But they’re also tiresomely gimmicky.

**(*)(*)(*)Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 20/01/2012

he result is a repetitive, fast-moving picture in which Carano gets involved in chases, fights and shoot-outs, some of them lethal.

Philip French, The Observer, 22/01/2012

Haywire is pure, no-nonsense entertainment, exciting and stylish, and with the introduction of a new action heroine who is much more than a Hollywood A-lister buffing up.

Sunday Herald, 22/01/2012

Haywire (15)

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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