In Haywire, Mallory (Carano) is a highly trained government operative who works in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist who was being held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Instantly 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. (Gary Reber)
Special features include the featurettes Gina Carano In Training (HD 16:03) and The Men Of Haywire (HD 05:29), up-front previews, and a digital copy.
The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits a terrific cinematic appearance. The visuals are varied and engaging, with a natural portrayal of real settings. The color palette is naturally hued with a warm range of hues. Fleshtones are also naturally toned throughout. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is well executed, with fine detail exhibited in close-ups. The imagery is very naturally rendered throughout and will not disappoint. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack sounds a bit subdued overall, though, dialogue is naturally presented with generally good spatial integration. The music score is nicely presented with a spatial frontal image, but the fidelity sounds a bit rolled off. Surround is surprisingly subtle, considering the extent of action. Atmospherics and sound effects are nicely dimensional at times, though, generally restricted to the frontal stage. At times surround activity does rise to the occasion. Deep bass also is surprisingly subdued. Overall, the soundtrack misses the mark in terms of dynamic impact that the imagery suggests. (Gary Reber)