‘Haywire’ Trailer: Realistic Fighting, Standard Plot

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gina carano haywire trailer Haywire Trailer: Realistic Fighting, Standard Plot

Relativity Media’s Comic-Con panel offered attendees an early look at two of its upcoming action-oriented titles, including Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh’s new thriller, Haywire.

The official trailer for Haywire has emerged online, providing everyone who couldn’t make it to this year’s ‘Con with an early look at Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) star Gina Carano’s screen debut as a kick-ass government operative.

Haywire joins Contagion as one of two directorial efforts from Soderbergh (who has assured fans his retirement in NOT imminent, as was previously rumored) that will be hitting theaters over the next six months. So, does the filmmaker’s next full-fledged action romp look like a winner?

Check out the official Haywire plot synopsis and trailer below to find out:

Mallory Kane (Carano) is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive. Using her black-ops military training, she devises an ingenious—and dangerous—trap. But when things go haywire, Mallory realizes she’ll be killed in the blink of an eye unless she finds a way to turn the tables on her ruthless adversary.

Give Carano credit – not only can she realistically pull off a variety of martial arts stunts and fighting moves like no one else on film, it’s all the more fun watching her take down powerful-looking fellows like Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender in this trailer. There’s no indication yet that Carano will be the most expressive actress, but given the nature of her character in Soderbergh’s film, it’s not exactly a role that requires her to be anything but convincingly robotic.

Beyond scenes of Carano kickin’ some serious butt, though, there’s not a whole lot on display in this Haywire footage that really leaves a strong impression. This preview essentially makes the movie look like most deadly-government-agent-on-the-run flicks that have been made (see: Salt, The Bourne Identity, the first Mission: Impossible, etc.). Between the generic voiceover narration and the familiar plot points, this Haywire trailer feels like something we’ve seen many times before – much like the preview for Soderbergh’s Contagion (see: Screen Rant‘s own Contagion/Outbreak trailer mashup).

Haywire does have the added benefit of great supporting stars like Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, and Bill Paxton; plus, the film was scripted by Lem Dobbs, the writer behind Soderbergh’s The Limey and Frank Oz’s The Score, two solid thrillers in their own right. It’s also rare for Soderbergh to deliver a film that’s either really conventional, bland, or straight-up bad, so maybe Haywire will ultimately prove to be more memorable than the trailer suggests.

Haywire is slated for theatrical release on January 20th, 2012.

Source: Relativity Media

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  1. Not sure she can carry a whole movie. Good supporting cast though.

    Except for Tatum…jeez do I hate this guy.

    • I’m with you on this one!

      Amazing supporting cast (except Channing Tatum, he SUCKS!), great director, not sure about the leading role.

      Let’s see how it looks on the next trailers to be released!

  2. You can see she has roots in real fighting by her stance and how she moves into the hits instead of away from them like you see from a lot of actors pretending to fight, but in the end, there was a lot of really fake moves in there, but I’m sure she knows that and they just have to do that for the sake of the movie. Real fighting moves are often very rooted to the ground (for good reason, only way to transfer real power due to the laws of physics) and that just doesn’t look that good on film I guess…

    • Oops, let me clarify, I don’t mean in the end of the trailer there is a lot of fake fighting, I meant ultimately a lot of it is fake… I just re-read it and realized how it can be misinterpretted…

  3. Rather have John Cena in Tatums role, better adversary with size and probably a better actor, plus if he’s the first assassin she’s fighting sets up a nice character trait in offing someone Cena’s size.

    • I take it you’re a WWE fan, because only WWE fans would recommend pro wrestlers and say they will be a “better actor.” Have you seen Cena acting?? He’s pretty terrible dude… Tatum isn’t good either, but he’s just not THAT bad…

      • This

  4. Im normally not a fan of female super spy’s but this intrigues me a tad bit. Im still laughing At the Salt fighting scenes.

  5. it actually looks pretty good, i’ll give it a shot.

  6. Really? What an awesome supporting cast wasted on trying to give Gina her big break into movies. She is an exciting fighter to watch, but I want a GOOD movie involving these people, and I really don’t think this is going to deliver. And what the heck Antonio Banderas! Get back into action movies as a leading man already!

  7. Oh, and what the hell is up with the duckface while shooting?

  8. Looks great. It’s not often you get a believable (IN TERMS OF KICKING BUTT)female action lead…

  9. The Boob Ultimatum

  10. I’m really looking forward to this one.