Enforcement Officer 'John 'Breacher' Wharton' (Arnie) leads a 'DEA' unit on a bust of a high profile Drug Cartels
heavily guarded 'Safe' house.
The team during the OP' try to take a cut of the pallet of money stashed within the property, however when they
come to collect, it appears that they have been double-crossed.
The OP' itself seemed to have been successful in closing the cartels operation down, however, there is a matter
of Ten Million Dollars that has gone missing.
The Team are closed down while an investigation is conducted by the agency, however after six months of drawing
a blank, the team are reinstated.
Members of the team start dying, violently, trust between the once close unit begins to fragment, they begin to suspect
each other, could it be that the cartel are after them ?
Meanwhile the police are conducting an investigation into the deaths of the team members led by 'Caroline' a Sergeant,
she finds the remaining members of the team uncooperative, however she needs to find out what is going on.
The big questions that remain unanswered include,
Who's got the money ?
Who's doing the killing ?
It seems that 'John' needs to resolve the issues his way, will the Sergeant allow him the space to do so ?
There are many good and often graphic action sequences along the way, as the film reaches it's conclusions a
decent chase and gun-fight sequence and finally leading to the films bloody conclusion.
The film should content the many 'Arnie' fans.
Also among the cast - 'Sam Worthington' 'Terrence Howard' 'Kevin Vance' 'Olivia Williams' and 'Joe Manganiello'
Well worth a spin.
Special Features -
* Alternate Ending
* Deleted Scenes
* Making Sabotage
Breacher (Arnold Schwarzenegger) leads a group of DEA special ops who skim . On a big bust, they hide the money, only to discover it is missing when they go back for it. They end up in an internal investigation that gets dismissed. The group gets reinstated, but are now getting picked off one by one. Caroline (Olivia Williams) is an Atlanta City detective investigating the murders of this tight knit "family".
This is a "B" action/crime film. The whodunit plot I had pretty well figured out by the second kill. Our stars did not dazzle. No lines to take away. Arnold was rather dull and lifeless sitting on his rump, smoking a cigar. The film had some good action scenes, unfortunately the filler scenes didn't quite make it.
Makes for a good action rental. 3 1/2 stars
Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity (stripper + brief Olivia Williams)
Of all of the Arnie films which have been released since The Governator stepped down, Sabotage is by far the most violent. The deaths, of which there are many, are realistic and grim, bloody and remorseless. Bystanders and main characters all meet their doom without fanfare, most of the main crew are unlikeable, and you should not expect a happy tale of ending like most of the classics from Arnie’s catalogue. Ayer brings the realism and a well-written script from a dialogue perspective, but the story is uneven, and the characters have essentially no room for growth; these are grunts only good for firing or being filled with bullets.
The film begins with a full-throttle, full-blooded drug heist. Immediately we see that the action movie of today is much more grounded in ‘realism’ than previous decades – the group attacks like a group, using tactics and planning that the writers have pulled from real world scenarios, rather than John Woo or Commando attacks. Our group are part of the DEA, but it transpires that they have plotted to wipe out the bad guys, burn most of the money, and keep $10 million for themselves. However, someone double crosses them and their money is lost, setting the rest of the plot in motion. There is intrigue, mistrust, fragile brotherhood, paranoia, and a lot of bloodshed as the group tries to cover their own tracks while investigating who stole their money – the tension heightened when they begin to get picked off.
As an action film, the movie ticks all the boxes – the gunfights are varied, realistic, and exciting – well-executed and convincing, and with a trilling car chase conclusion. The plot as a whole is fine, offering a number of twists and plenty of funny dialogue. The problem though is that everyone is a jerk, and the films offers little in the way of characterization or attempts at empathy. Arnie’s family are killed – we don’t care. The group are picked off one by one – we don’t care; in fact, the group themselves don’t care. They are presented as a close-knit force which has been through all kinds of hell multiple times, yet when they are killed off in increasingly gruesome ways, none of them seems to mind that they have lost a friend or that they may be next. Each of the characters relies on machismo and violence, but not a lot else, meaning there is little or no distinction between them – one is a woman, one is married to the woman, one has muscles, another has bigger muscles etc etc. It’s a pity, because it wastes what is an otherwise stellar cast. If we got a bit of background on each, or even - Aliens style - a few moments or examples of individuality whether it be a look, a quote, a style of speaking, it would have been a stronger film. The films does try to do this with a collection of haircuts and accents, but it fails as a whole.
The story almost tries to throw too many twists, and too many characters into the mix. I can’t say that it keeps you guessing, because you likely won’t care enough to guess, but I wouldn’t say it is predictable. It’s all about the action and the bloodshed, and it does give an unflinching look at a world most of us would never want to glimpse. It’s great to see Arnie back to doing what he does best, although his finest moments come towards the end of the movie. The rest of the cast, or stunt cast, are exemplary in the set-pieces, as are the special effects. Arnie has a similar gruff persona to his role in End Of Days, but with less charm, while the rest of the cast do well in their roles – they may not be likeable, but they’re good at convincing us of that fact. Action movie and Arnie fans should be happy with the movie, but those expecting something more, or those hoping for another Arnie classic, may be disappointed. It’s still a decent entry for Arnie, with stronger action than his final few pre-Governator films, but doesn’t come close to the likes of Predator, Commando, Terminator, or Conan The Barbarian.
on 2 March 2016
When I saw the original trailers I had some trepidation about this. I'm a big Arnie fan, though, so I gave it a shot anyway. Unfortunately this is by far Arnold's worst film, with almost no redeeming qualities. Even his weakest films before this, have at worst still been a bit of popcorn fun (For example his recent The Last Stand, or from his back catalogue, Raw Deal).
The general idea of the plot isn't actually that bad, but it makes the main character somewhat reprehensible even if his motivations are vaguely understandable. It's also a thin/weak enough premise that it would've been better suited as a single episode plot for one of the numerous police-procedurals out there. On top of that, this is a film that clearly thinks crass humour, foul language and unsympathetic characters equals a 'gritty and realistic' atmosphere. What it comes over as, is juvenile, shallow and pathetic. There isn't a single character you care about in this movie, which is the worst thing that can happen, because if you don't care what happens to any of the characters, you don't care about anything else in the movie. Bad language in movies doesn't bother me, but when it's clearly used to appear 'adult' (as opposed to natural) it's just pathetic.
You can imagine a lot of the actors signing up because of the chance to do 'dramatic gritty acting' which instead comes over (with this script) as what a teenager would imagine a dark gritty crime drama to be like. I'm a fan of Olivia Williams who co-stars, and even she fares no better than the other characters/actors. Truly disappointing, an utter waste of time, and Arnold's worst film.
Definitely one to NOT add to your Arnie collection. Just pretend it doesn't exist.