Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.
Sabotage is the newest film by David Ayer (End Of Watch) who is a talented film maker who just seems to have dropped the ball with this production.
So this movie is about an Elite group of DEA Agents who on a last job, they attempt to steal a lot of money and this goes horribly wrong, a member of them is killed and someone has stolen the money from them before they can even take it. An investigation into the robbery is held out between the members of the group. When no one will admit they stole the money, each member starts getting killed off by an unknown villain in search of the money. What we and the main characters have to figure out is; is the thief and murderer one of the DEA Agents or is it the Cartel?
This movie had a lot of potential, David Ayer recently directed End Of Watch, which was a very good found footage film about the brotherhood between these two cops. I loved that movie. This movie had a great cast from Schwarzenegger (Terminator) to Worthington (Avatar) to Williams (Rushmore). But the movie was written by a guy called Skip Woods. Now if you're unfamiliar with that name, he is the genius behind such classics as 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' and 'A Good Day To Die Hard'. I am of course joking, those movies are horrible. And this movie is no exception to Skip Woods' legacy.
Many complaints that I had heard before going into this movie is that it's too violent. And movie violence is a funny thing for me. If a movie is incredibly violent, but it furthers the story along and it fits in the context of the film, then I'm all for it. But if a movie is just extremely violent because it can be, then I am just put off. And this movie is just filled with gratuitous violence. Innocent civilians are just shot in the face, the deaths try to be as gory as possible and its extremely off putting. For example, one of the deaths sees a man in an RV get hit by a train, they could have easily just said "his body is mangled and we can't even recognize him" but instead they decide to show you a mangled up boulder of human flesh, dripping with blood. I'm assuming they made these choices to get a realistic tone across but the movie is filled with buckets of CGI blood, and that just contradicts that attempted tone. So my conclusion is that the movie is just trying to be gratuitous for the sake of it.
We have a cast of very entertaining actors who I like in most movies who play the most unlikable group of people in a movie this year. I didn't like any of the characters because they are all portrayed as low life scumbags. Arnie's character is the most likable because he is the only one with any actual back story. We find out why he is the way he is, and I thought his back story was quite interesting and that was my favorite part of the movie because it honestly was quite emotional. This is probably his best performance since he returned to acting and it is very dark and it was nice to see him in a role like this which felt very different for him. Though of course, Arnie has never been a great actor but he knows that, so the best thing about seeing him on screen is knowing that he's having fun doing it and he brings so much charisma to a role that you don't care if the performance isn't great. But because Arnold's role in this film is so dark, we don't get to see that charisma and fun shine through which was a shame.
I thought the rest of the cast were totally interchangeable, I don't really remember any more of the characters. And I don't blame that on the actors, I blame that on the writing.
A positive for the movie is the action, and I know I said the violence was over the top but for that I meant the gory moments. In shootout scenes its actually pretty entertaining and of course Arnie gets a couple of one liners that had me and my friend laughing.
The characters were unlikable, the story was convoluted and messy. The gore is extremely unnecessary and the tone feels inconsistent. [Sabotage](movie:396544) isn't a very good movie but it has some entertaining moments and I had a reasonably good time watching it because I knew what Ii was in for. If you go into this movie expecting it be good, then you're going to be disappointed. The movie isn't as bad as A Good Day To Die Hard (Also written by Woods) but it is not a worthy successor to End Of Watch (also directed by Ayer). I'm going to give Sabotage a C-!
Movie Review: Sabotage.
Directed By: David Ayer.
Written By: Skip Woods.
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Olivia Williams, Terrence Howard and Mireille Enos.