Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire is a brutal, efficient thriller, one that oozes style and menace. Its tight screenplay strips down the story and character to their bare essentials. We may only understand a fraction of who is double crossing whom, but murky intrigue is immaterial when the hero’s motives are ruthlessly pure. Under Soderbergh’s confident direction, the fight sequences – as well as the moments preceding them – are masterfully constructed. Clear, fluid action sequences pump up the suspense, so the violence is cathartic and, well, a whole of lot fun.