Theatrical Release: January 20, 2012


Mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano (American Gladiators) makes her feature film debut, starring and performing her own high-adrenaline stunts. The film’s talented cast also includes Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (Desperado), Bill Paxton (Titanic), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) and Michael Angarano (Almost Famous).

In Haywire, an electrifying tale of espionage and betrayal, a female covert ops specialist (Carano), who works in the deadly world of international operatives, strikes back after discovering she’s been double-crossed by someone close to her in the agency. The film is produced by Gregory Jacobs (Ocean’s Trilogy) and written by Lem Dobbs (The Limey).

Dove Review

“Haywire” features some nice themes, including a close relationship between Mallory (Gina Carano) and her father, the kind which will make those who don’t have this kind of relationship long for it and remind those who do how fortunate they are. The film also hits on a truth and that is that sometimes we deal with problems which we don’t deserve or did not create on our own but we have to pick up the mess. To add insult to injury, she’s been double crossed in an operation which will require her every skill to survive and skills are something she is blessed with.

The film and action are fast-paced but some of the flashback scenes might be a bit confusing unless the viewer is paying close attention. At any rate, the sex, language and violence content levels all hit a three or above which means this one can’t receive our Dove “Family-Approved’ Seal.

Content Description

Sex: It's implied that a man and woman were past lovers; woman loosens man's belt and they kiss and make out and later sex is implied; woman remembers making out; woman passes a strawberry into a man's mouth twice by kissing.


Company: Relativity Media
Writer: Lem Dobbs
Producer: Gregory Jacobs
Genre: Action
Runtime: 93 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter