Soundtrack Review: Haywire

Soundtrack Review: Haywire

Haywire Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Haywire by David Holmes.

“As I expected, this score was exactly how I thought it would be.”

Haywire is an all out action film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring a huge list of A-actors like Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor and Antonio Banderas. The film’s star however is Gina Carano who plays a black ops super soldier who seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission. Steven Soderbergh collaborates again with composer David Holmes for this film.

Track List

1. Haywire ****
2. Upstate NYC **
3. Barcelona ***
4. Stakeout ***
5. Let’s Get Jiang **
6. Delivering Jiang **
7. Dublin ***
8. Sniffing Around *
9. The Drive Rossbourgh ****
10. Looking for Clues **
11. Jiang’s Dead ***
12. Shot in the Face *
13. Dublin Chase ***
14. Against All Odds ***
15. Against All Odds Pt. 2 **
16. The Ship Comes In *
17. No Eye Dear **
18. Where’s Kenneth *

Watching the trailer I’m thinking this will be perfect with a Bourne like John Powell score, but not in a million years I would have thought of David Holmes. His style is perfect for Ocean’s Eleven, but surely not a hardcore action film? Well I was certainly intrigued to hear what Holmes had come up with.

Unfortunately what David Holmes has come up with is painstakingly predictable. It plays out like a darker version of his Ocean’s scores. The main title ‘Haywire’ is definitely cool and very listenable. I’ll buy that. The rest… not so much. Cues like ‘Let’s Get Jiang’, ‘Shot In The Face’ and ‘Where’s Kenneth’ feels totally out of place. Now since the film is not actually out yet, my perception might change when I see it, but I have a feeling it will be a weird experience.


As I expected, this score was exactly how I thought it would be. Lot of experimental jazzy cues, some cool, some dreadful, but overall not a very exciting score. I think that this was just not the right film to score for David Holmes, and it’s a shame, because the film looks absolutely thrilling.

GD Star Rating
Soundtrack Review: Haywire, 3.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings


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