Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.
I love Arnie, and would see pretty much anything with him in it, including rubbish like this which would be direct to DVD if not for the man himself. It’s a shame to an extent as he kicked off his comeback after his spell in politics with ‘The Last Stand‘ which was terrific fun, but his follow up ‘Escape Plan‘ was a dull prison escape story with Sylvester Stallone (albeit Arnie was the highlight of that movie), and this isn’t great either. It follows Arnie’s ‘Breacher’, the head of an elite DEA taskforce that makes a living out of taking cartel’s down, who have to change tack when someone keeps picking off members of their squad. The set up is fairly promising, but the problem’s in the delivery (and not least the fact that the characters are picked off pretty much in the order of ‘least known actor’ to ‘best known actor’. The film itself is a throwback to 80’s macho action movies and it ticks all the boxes with some truly terrible dialogue throughout, a tinny soundtrack and naked ladies for no apparent reason!
The problem ‘Sabotage’ has is that it forgets to have fun, and recent Arnie efforts have always been more enjoyable when his tongue is firmly in his cheek – this is ultra serious and the tonal issues impact from the get go. Olivia Williams is very good as an investigative agent trying to discover the truth, but her performance feels like it belongs in a different movie to the rest of the characters. There’s some good/well known actors in the cast, with Arnie’s band of thugs containing Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Mireille Enos, Joe Manganiello and Josh Holloway, all with their own ridiculous nicknames. The action scenes are decent enough, but play more like a video game than a movie, and the final scene itself even feels like a bonus round after the main action has been resolved. There is things to enjoy here, with a few really funny moments, but in a film approaching 2 hours that’s not enough and this has to go down as a disappointment. For your recent Arnie fix, watch ‘The Last Stand‘ instead.
Directed By: David Ayer
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terrence Howard, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos, Sam Worthington, Josh Holloway, Max Martini, Martin Donovan, Joe Manganiello and Harold Perrineau