Notable Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Terrence Howard, Max Martini, Kevin Vance
When it comes to the later career of Arnold Schwarzenegger, there has already been some highlights just in the short time he has been back. Cameos in The Expendables films, a punch line secondary character in Escape Plan, and a fun lead role in The Last Stand set him up to be that screen presence that was missing when he went to office, yet most of the roles were tongue-in-cheek material. His role in the latest action thriller from David Ayer is not the fun, tongue-in-cheek roles he has been getting as crowd pleasers. Despite the overall ridiculousness of the plot, Sabotage is about as serious as it gets with some very dark concepts and vicious moments.
Breacher (Schwarzenegger) and his team of elite covert DEA agents have a problem on their hands. Their plan to steal 10 million dollars from a Cartel bust has gone awry and the money is now missing. With the DEA sniffing around for the money and a pissed off Cartel, they are caught in a pretty hard place. Enough that when they start getting killed off, they need to take matters into their own hands...even if it's one of them that is behind it all.
|Fire in the hole!
From there you have to give yourself a rather specific mindset to find a lot of enjoyment out of Sabotage. It's a very brash and brutal sort of film built on a loose fitting mystery of red herrings and plot twists that comes off thinking it's smarter than it probably is in the end. A few semi-interesting twists and a pretty impressive pacing did keep me interested even if it was more about the strong atmopshere and tension that Ayer creates to sell it then the foundational script. Oddly enough, Arnold comes off as the best actor in the film. This mostly has to do with the almost caricature nature of the supporting cast, whom each have their moments and deliver some banter that ranges from very awkward to inspired chemistry, but Arnold is given a pretty meaty and interesting role here. He owns the character of the older man with regrets and secrets with his grizzled stare and grim delivery. He eats up the scenery (like he always has) and it comes off as something pretty surprising considering the scene stealing abilities of his secondary cast.
|No, this is not a Call of Duty review.
Written By Matt Reifschneider