Sabotage (Open Road Films)
Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some sexuality/nudity and drug use.
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Harold Perrineau, Martin Donovan, Max Martini, Gary Grubbs, Ralf Moeller.
Written by David Ayer and Skip Woods.
Directed by David Ayer.
Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to be back in full movie mode – following his less-than-graceful exit from politics. That might not be a good thing, since he’s fallen flat in trying to recapture his former glory. His latest attempt is Sabotage, film about an elite team of DEA agents who fall under suspicion after infiltrating a drug cartel stronghold.
Arnold plays John ‘Breacher’ Wharton, leader of the squad that takes down drug operations with brash efficiency. All that changes when the group decides to skim a $10 million in one of their major busts. Following an investigation into the missing money, Breacher and the gang get back into the game, only to discover that their members are being systematically executed – one by one. Among the team are James 'Monster' Murray (Sam Worthington), Joe 'Grinder' Phillips (Joe Manganiello), Eddie 'Neck' Jordan (Josh Holloway), Julius 'Sugar' Edmonds (Terrence Howard) and other guys with names like 'Pyro' 'Tripod' and 'Smoke.' The lone female in the squad is Lizze (Mireille Enos, a character without a catchy nickname), who despite being the most foul mouthed and tough member of the team is also married to ‘Monster.’
When the first team member is killed, Atlanta Police detective Caroline Brentwood (Olivia Williams) investigates, joined by ‘Breacher.’ At first, it seems the deaths are the handiwork of a drug cartel, but soon, the evidence points to one of the DEA team. Suspicion, jealousy and accusations fly as the real killer is eventually exposed.
Sabotage is one of those rare films that has almost nothing to like about it. It’s nothing more than a lot of male bravado, sex, foul language and extreme gore disguised as a major movie. Seriously, from the first few minutes of the movie, I realized that there’s not one single character I liked, and couldn’t wait for them to die. Die, they do in some almost comical gore you’d expect to see in 1980s slasher movies, complete with copious amounts of blood (get a mop).
Sabotage gets one star for making me laugh – unintentionally – at a scene where Det. Brentwood decides (for no apparent reason) that she needs her some Arnold sugar and lip locks lips with the aged Austrian. The rest of the plot (loosely based on Agatha Christie’s "And Then There Were None," aka "Ten Little Indians" – VERY loosely), is so extremely pathetic, you really don’t care who did it, or their motivation.
Seriously, someone should have sabotaged this movie before it was made.