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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Fight-filled adventure centers on female action hero.

Movie R 2012 93 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 17+

EXTREMELY confusing.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 13+

Should be PG13.

No blood, cursing or sex. Some fighg scenes get rough but never bloody. A man gets shots through a pillow in the face.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (4 ):

HAYWIRE is a pared-down, almost simplistic action movie. Director Steven Soderbergh has a wide-ranging filmography, though it can be argued that his "fun" entries (Out of Sight, Ocean's Eleven, etc.), are overall better than his "serious" movies. This one is mostly designed to showcase the beauty and power of Soderbergh's new star, female mixed martial arts fighter Carano.

Haywire features many fine, recognizable actors in small roles; their dialogue is spare and never divulges too much information or panders to the audience. (That said, the story itself is a fairly old one in this genre, and aside from the fact that Haywire is told in a non-linear fashion, it doesn't have much to add.) Soderbergh presents the fight scenes cleanly and simply, often without a music score, though he uses a funky brass score for chase scenes. However, in stripping away the fat, Soderbergh has also taken away some of the movie's emotional content; though it's a thrilling experience, it's also a somewhat surface one.

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