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David Ayer’s Sabotage takes many shots, but ends up missing on most. The sentiment of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s lead role is enough to make it watchable, though its poor script and lack of an interesting plot weigh the movie down more than its worth as a whole.
Sabotage tells the story of John “Breacher” Warton (Schwarzenegger), leader of an elite DEA task force. When him and his team decide to rob a cartel’s safe house after making a drug bust, their dirty deed catches up with them. One by one the team members are picked off in a series of murders, leading Breacher to wonder who’s left to trust.
Schwarzenegger’s return to the big screen over the past few years has been an interesting comeback. Appearing in the aging hero-heavy Expendables trilogy, the Governator has also starred in The Last Stand, and opposite his pal Sylvester Stallone in Escape Plan. Both brought back elements of the nothing-but-fun action flicks that Arnold is known for, and were great for a nostalgic boost to viewers.
In the case of Sabotage, things appear as the total opposite. Instead of a fun, humorous and action-packed time at the movies, audiences are dragged into nearly 2 hours of an story that becomes more and more disturbing as time goes on. Director David Ayer, who previously brought us similarly genre’d films like End of Watch and Training Day, doesn’t appear to take risks, with a whodunit thriller consisting of multiple gory murders and lots of gunplay.
As in the previously mentioned recent projects from Arnold, he once again appears to play a more sluggish, aging character, who doesn’t do much more than turn corners with his gun and sits by to watch the rest of his team take part in the action. Luckily for Schwarzenegger, he does have a few projects left to redeem those attempts, with Terminator: Genesis coming in 2015, and Legend of Conan set for either 2015 or 2016, which should see a considerably higher action rate from the actor.
The supporting cast of Sabotage is arguably its weakest link, even with B-listers Sam Worthington and Terrence Howard. With poorly-scripted parts, additional actors Mireille Enos, Josh Holloway and Joe Manganiello come off as more annoying than exciting, leaving little desire to see any of them more than necessary.
What may appear to be a fun, comedic action thriller, especially from the trailers, Sabotage never seems to find its footing. With both the director and lead man’s reputations displayed, is unfortunate to see the result fall below my expectations. Making a horrendous $5.2 million opening weekend, it has since barely budged up to $9.3 million domestically, and is a possible rental at best.
My Rating: 5.5/10
Written by Josh Sazin on 4/9/14