Haywire starts of relatively quiet in upstate New York with Mallory Kane (Gina Carano) looking visibly nervous about where she is. Whether she is waiting on someone, or just taking a few minutes to catch her breath is unclear, however the sight of Scott (her coworker) only increases her nervous state of mind. Scott has come to interrupt her from her cup of coffee and take her with him, but she is unwilling to go along and he attempts to take her by force. This causes a major brawl which brings the audience up to speed on her abilities. Thinking that she needed help, an innocent bystander jumps in to lend a hand.
Escaping from Scott at the diner, Mallory takes off with the bystander and they use his car to cover as much distance as possible. As they drive off, the bystander seems curious about her role in the entire brawl and questions her about it. At this point the audience is treated to their first flashback that takes them to Barcelona. This is where Mallory meets up with Scott and they work a job that involves facilitating the escape of a hostage. There is a lot of time spent in the planning stages, so much so that there is a calm before the storm.
After what is slated as a successful mission in Barcelona, Mallory is sent to another job within hours, this time to Dublin. It turns out that this is a double crossing attempt and the entire mission has gone wrong with Mallory not knowing who to trust. The action scenes in Haywire are physical and believable, and as far as a thriller goes, you are on the edge of your seat for a great deal of the movie. Steven Soderbergh does a great job as director of this movie and the plot is both commanding and interesting. Some names you may recognize are Michael Douglas (Alex Coblenz), Antonio Banderas (Rodrigo) and Ewan McGregor as Kenneth.