Thursday, March 27, 2014

Opens Friday, March 28, 2014 
1 hr 49 min
R | for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some sexuality/nudity and drug use


David Ayer

Arnold Schwarzenegger as John “Breacher” Wharton
Sam Worthington as James "Monster" Murray
Olivia Williams as Investigator Caroline Brentwood
Mireille Enos as Lizzy Murray
Terrence Howard as Julius "Sugar" Edmonds
Joe Manganiello as Joe "Grinder" Phillips
Josh Holloway as Eddie "Neck" Jordan
Harold Perrineau as Jackson
Martin Donovan as Floyd Morgan
Max Martini as Tom "Pyro" Roberts
Gary Grubbs as Lou Cantrell

Review by Stephen M.

While most of Arnold Schwarzenegger's movies since his return have been subpar, Sabotage is by far his best work thus far since his split from his wife.  While the movie itself is full of too many plot twists that makes it a convoluted mess that only a DEA agent high on drugs would understand.  Arnold is great in his role as John "Breacher" Wharton, a leader of a special ops team that infiltrates drug cartels.  His past is full of misery which you get a glimpse of in the beginning and is slowly unraveled painfully over the course of the movie.

His team is full of rather unique personalities that are more befitting of pro wrestlers than a stealth team of agents.  Among them includes James "Monster" Murray (Sam Worthington), his girl Lizzy Murray (Mireille Enos) and a few other colorful faces.  John, James, Lizzy, and Joe (Joe Manganiello) gets most of the face time on the screen and they do an excellent job playing dysfunctional and angry.  And why wouldn't the special ops team be this way?  They're accused of stealing $10 million dollars from the drug cartel and their team is getting killed one by one.

Investigating the murders are Government agents Caroline (Olivia Williams) and Jackson (Harold Perrineau).   And while we get to see Olivia's character quite a bit, perhaps too much, Harold and even Terrence Howard's characters become trivial to the overall plot which is a shame.  Olivia is great in her quite bloody role and even at Arnold's age need a bit of romance being the main character I guess.  But with all the great actors what steals the show is of course the gun fight.  Most impressive is the battle in pursuing cars between Arnold and the revealed killers of his team.

Overall, I would recommend this film if you like action.  But catch it as a matinee or wait for it as a DVD rental.  There are just too many holes in the story that you can't even fit in all the pieces but to blame it on drugs.  And that's kind of exactly what the Director did.  The movie is also not for anybody that can't stand a lot of gruesome bloody messes or sexual situations of which there are plenty in the movie.


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