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Sabotage (2014)

  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 910 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 28 March 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 109 min
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Sabotage (2014)


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  • IMDb page: Sabotage (2014)
  • Rate: 6.8/10 total 910 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 28 March 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 109 min
  • Filming Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)
  • Director: David Ayer
  • Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: David Sardy   
  • Soundtrack: Darkest (Dim)
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Drug Cartel | Drugs | Dea | Corruption | Woman Kills Man

Writing Credits By:

  • Skip Woods  written by and
  • David Ayer  with additions by

Known Trivia

  • Kate Mara and Isla Fisher auditioned for the role that went to Malin Akerman. Later Akerman dropped out due to pregnancy and was replaced by Mireille Enos. 15 of 15 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house. |  »

Story: Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.


Synopsis: In "Sabotage", Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done – until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • David Ayer known as producer
  • Paul Anthony Barreras known as associate producer
  • Bill Block known as producer
  • Jason Blumenfeld known as co-producer
  • Mike Gunther known as associate producer
  • Paul Hanson known as producer
  • Anton Lessine known as executive producer
  • Alex Ott known as executive producer
  • Palak Patel known as producer
  • Alana Ribble known as associate producer
  • Joe Roth known as producer
  • Albert S. Ruddy known as producer
  • Sasha Shapiro known as executive producer
  • Ethan Smith known as producer
  • Skip Woods known as producer
  • Geoff Yim known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger known as John 'Breacher' Wharton
  • Sam Worthington known as James 'Monster' Murray
  • Joe Manganiello known as Joe 'Grinder' Phillips
  • Josh Holloway known as Eddie 'Neck' Jordan
  • Terrence Howard known as Julius 'Sugar' Edmonds
  • Max Martini known as Tom 'Pyro' Roberts
  • Kevin Vance known as Bryce 'Tripod' McNeely
  • Mark Schlegel known as 'Smoke' Jennings
  • Ned Yousef known as Dubai Money Launderer
  • Mireille Enos known as Lizzy Murray
  • Maurice Compte known as Sapo
  • Martin Donovan known as Floyd Demel
  • Michael Monks known as ASAC Phelps
  • Nick Chacon known as DEA Sniper
  • Tim Ware known as Stan Morris (DEA Interrogator #1)
  • Gary Grubbs known as Lou Cantrell (DEA Interrogator #2)
  • B.J. Winfrey known as DEA Agent #1
  • Kendrick Cross known as DEA Agent #2
  • Hakim Callender known as DEA Agent #3
  • Troy Garity known as Agent Spolcheck
  • Morgan Alexandria known as Stripclub Waitress
  • Jermaine Holt known as Stripclub Bouncer
  • Jaime FitzSimons known as Captain Walther
  • Everton Lawrence known as Deputy Hayes
  • Neko Parham known as Deputy Richards (as Marty Neko Parham)
  • Olivia Williams known as Caroline
  • Harold Perrineau known as Jackson
  • DeWayne Calhoun known as Coroner
  • Maia Moss-Fife known as Coroner's Assistant
  • Parisa Johnston known as Forensic Technician
  • Alan C. Gilmer known as General Counsel (as Alan Gilmer)
  • Emily B. Torres known as Mexican Federal Shooter
  • Catherine Dyer known as Karen Wharton
  • Patrick Johnson known as Jacob Wharton
  • Jose L. Vasquez known as Apartment Hitman #1
  • Eddie J. Fernandez known as Apartment Hitman #2
  • Adrian F. Gonzalez known as Apartment Hitman #3
  • Jared Woods known as Apartment Hitman #4
  • Antony Matos known as Apartment Hitman #5
  • Laurence Chavez known as Apartment Hitman #6
  • Maya Santandrea known as Latina Hostage
  • Travis Lee Young known as Redneck #1
  • Terry Gragg known as Redneck #2
  • Paul Anthony Barreras known as Brujo
  • Amy Parrish known as APD Officer
  • Elizabeth Davidovich known as Hostage in Monte Carlo
  • Andrew Comrie-Picard known as Car Crash Driver
  • Andrew Fincher known as Cop #1
  • Mario Ramirez Reyes known as Mexican Commandante
  • Melissa Martinez known as Pretty Bar Girl #1
  • Michelle Alvarado Martins known as Brujo's Bar Girl
  • Jimmy Ortega known as Sicario #1
  • Sabrina LeBrun known as Brujo's Female Sicario #1
  • Luis Moncada known as Brujo's Sicario #2
  • Chris Trouble Delfosse known as Brujo's Sicario #3
  • Carlos Ayala known as Brujo's Sicario #4
  • Daniel Moncada known as Brujo's Sicario #5
  • David Alessi known as Atlanta Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Sope Aluko known as Receptionist (uncredited)
  • Rus Blackwell known as Joe John Curley (uncredited)
  • Anthony Boco known as Hitman #2 (uncredited)
  • Harley Castro known as Mexican Marine (uncredited)
  • Mike Davidson known as Coroner (uncredited)
  • Dilsey Davis known as Volunteer (uncredited)
  • Anthony L. Fernandez known as Pool Player (uncredited)
  • Jeff Matthew Glover known as DEA Agent (uncredited)
  • Julie Ivey known as Emma Curley (uncredited)
  • Andrew R. Kaplan known as Community Volunteer (uncredited)
  • Angela Kerecz known as Stripper (uncredited)
  • King known as Club Patron (uncredited)
  • Scott Ledbetter known as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Ralf Moeller known as (uncredited)
  • James Powell known as DEA Agent (uncredited)
  • Jim Recznik known as B. Smith (uncredited)
  • Dave Simmons known as Drug Cartel Hitman (uncredited)
  • Michael J. Walker known as Mexican Marine (uncredited)
  • Millie Wannamaker known as DEA Agent (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Lance Aldredge known as hair stylist
  • Carla Brenholtz known as key makeup artist
  • Ken Bunprasert known as special effects makeup lab technician: W.M. Creations
  • Jamie Leigh DeVilla known as makeup: additional photography
  • Lee Gren known as graphic designer: Tinsley Tattoos Studio
  • Michael Shawn McCracken known as key special makeup effects studio technician
  • Tracey L. Miller-Smith known as makeup artist (as Tracey L. Miller)
  • Matthew W. Mungle known as prosthetic designer
  • Christopher Allen Nelson known as special makeup effects artist: additional photagraphy
  • Koji Ohmura known as lead sculptor
  • Quintessence Patterson known as makeup artist
  • Tina Roesler Kerwin known as makeup department head
  • Tina Roesler Kerwin known as tattoo designer
  • Toby Sells known as makeup artist
  • Kelvin R. Trahan known as hair department head
  • Clinton Wayne known as special makeup effects designer and application

Art Department:

  • Scott M. Anderson known as assistant property master
  • Aprile Lanza Boettcher known as composite artist
  • Heather Bowers known as on-set dresser
  • Cliff Carothers known as construction coordinator: additional photography
  • Sarah Carter known as set decoration buyer
  • Steven 'Trainset' Curtis known as set dresser
  • Faith Farrell known as scenic painter
  • Jared Fleury known as props
  • Joe A. Hawthorne known as paint foreman
  • Kristen Hunsicker known as art department intern
  • Jessica Jackson known as set dec coordinator
  • Ryan Kutch known as set dresser
  • Jessica Lang known as set dresser
  • Chelsea Leonowicz known as art production assistant
  • Chuck McCourt known as set dresser
  • Frank McEldowney known as key greensman
  • Thomas Minton known as set designer
  • Mark Moretti known as storyboard artist
  • Joseph Nadeau known as set dresser
  • Javed Noorullah known as buyer
  • Neil Palmer known as labor forman
  • Michael Panevics known as assistant property master: additional photography
  • Jessica Raney known as art department production assistant
  • Heath L. Sewell known as scenic painter
  • Gary Tuers known as property master
  • Cedar Valentine known as art department coordinator
  • Jason Vigdor known as set dresser
  • Burt Welleford known as set dressing gang boss
  • Richard Blake Wester known as leadman
  • Douglas Womack known as construction coordinator




Production Companies:

  • Albert S. Ruddy Productions
  • 5150 Action
  • Crave Films
  • DEA Productions
  • Open Road Films (II)
  • QED International
  • Roth Films

Other Companies:

  • Atlantic Screen Music  score produced and published by (as Atlantic Screen Composers)
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera car
  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • FotoKem  digital intermediate
  • FotoKem  production dailies (Atlanta)
  • Grosvenor Park Media  funding
  • Harris Diversified  a/c & power rental
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
  • POP Sound  ADR recording
  • QED International  funding
  • Radiant Images  camera equipment provided by
  • Ramo Law  production legal services (as Law Offices of Elsa Ramo)
  • Soundelux  post-production sound services
  • Todd-AO Studios  post-production sound services


  • Blitz Film & Video Distribution (2014) (Slovakia) (theatrical)
  • Central Partnership (2014) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Empire Cinemas (2014) (Lebanon) (theatrical)
  • Garsu Pasaulio Irasai (GbI) (2014) (Estonia) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Hoyts Distribution (2014) (New Zealand) (theatrical)
  • Impuls (2014) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Independent Films (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Kinepolis Film Distribution (KFD) (2014) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Kolosej Ljubljana (2014) (Slovenia) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2014) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2014) (France) (theatrical)
  • Nordisk Film Distribution (2014) (Denmark) (theatrical)
  • Nordisk Film (2014) (Norway) (theatrical)
  • Nordisk Film (2014) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Nu Metro Cinemas (2014) (South Africa) (theatrical)
  • Nusantara Edaran Filem (2014) (Malaysia) (theatrical)
  • Open Road Films (II) (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Filmverleih (2014) (Austria) (theatrical)
  • Splendid Film (2014) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • StudioCanal (2014) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2014) (Turkey) (theatrical)
  • United King Films (2014) (Israel) (theatrical)
  • Zon Audiovisuais (2014) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • Inopia Films (2014) (Spain) (all media)
  • Mongkol Major (2014) (Thailand) (all media)
  • QED International (2014) (worldwide) (all media) (sales)
  • Splendid Film (2014) (Netherlands) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2014) (Bangladesh) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2014) (Bhutan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2014) (India) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2014) (Nepal) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2014) (Pakistan) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2014) (Sri Lanka) (all media)
  • VVS Films (2014) (Canada) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • W.M. Creations (make-up effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Aprile Lanza Boettcher known as composite artist
  • Christopher Ivins known as visual effects cinematographer: LOOK! Effects
  • Beau Janzen known as visual effects artist (Look Effects)
  • Adam Klein known as Animator/3D Artist
  • Chris Staehler known as compositor

MPAA: Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some sexuality/nudity and drug use



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Rebel_With_A_Cause_94 from United States
    30 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    Don't listen to the critics! Go see this movie if you are an Arnoldfan! Unlike The Last Stand and Bullet to the Head, this is a straightup dark gritty crime thriller with some great action sequences. Whilemost of the team was unlikable, all of the cast gave good performancesaside from Olivia Williams who's accent was pretty bad. The story wasgood and had enough twist and turns to keep me on the edge of my seatfor the majority of the film. The action scenes were fantastic and theviolence was incredibly brutal and gory! This is one of the mostviolent mainstream movies I've seen in a long time! Trust me when I saythis movie earned it's R rating! I loved how David Ayer managed tocombine the genres of action, crime drama, and western elementstogether while keeping the tone ultra dark and gritty. Arnoldsperformance here is also one of the best of his career in my opinion.If I had any complaints it's that it is true the characters are veryunlikeable and while they are suppose to be, you do get tired of theircrudeness pretty fast.

    Very good movie and defiantly worth seeing on the big screen! Don'tlisten to the critics! If you are a fan of action/crime movies you willenjoy this!

  2. dragovich2011 from Oman
    30 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    This movie is probably Arnold Schwarzenegger's best acted in a longtime..It is more mystery thriller than an action packed one despitewhat the trailers led us to believe…The director uses Arnold reallywell and he has a lot of screen time despite that at times he doesn'tseem like the main character..The supporting cast is strong but someactors do feel out of place..The unrecognizable Sam Worthington actswell and Joe Manganiello does good on his part

    The plot is good and keeps you on the edge of your seatsthroughout..The action is the best part of the movie which is amazingand gruesome at the same time..The mystery is quit intriguing and keepsyou guessing..The shooting and the deaths all seem quit real as thereis no cgi involved which makes for a great viewing experience..If youhave high expectations going in you'll be disappointed as this not thebest of the director..overall this makes for a pretty good mysterythriller and you wont be unsatisfied

  3. CowherPowerForever from United States
    30 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    This is not your typical Arnold Schwarzenegger film that most of us areuse to from the 80s and even the 90s. Instead we get a film that reliesmostly its its good story with very good action scenes here and there.Some may be disappointed by this as we are all use to those amazingsummer blockbusters that Arnold was in in the past. Arnold is notgetting any younger. I know this and we all should know it. Howeverthis film is a very fun film to see at the theaters.

    The story in my opinion is very strong. With twist and turns throughoutthe film it will leave you guessing. Written by Skip Woods who is knownfor his intense action films deliveries another solid outing with hisscript. While weak at times I felt it flowed nicely throughout thecourse of this nearly two hour long film. Also written by David Ayer,who directs the film as well, is hot off of his popular, and very goodmind you, End of Watch. You can tell the deeper parts of the story wascrafted by Ayer while Woods set up the amazing action scenes.

    As I just mention David Ayer directs the film in addition to writingthe film. Ayers handles the film amazingly. While this film is not wallto wall with action scenes when the action hits the screen you can tellAyer had great command of the action in front of him. The action isbloody, and that is putting it lightly. This is a rated R film, andthis genre as of late has been forced feed watered down PG-13 actionfilms. Thankfully Ayer does away with that in this film.

    Acting is top of the line. Schwarzenegger pulls off another great filmin terms of his acting. You can feel the pain he is going throughthroughout the film. Other members of the cast such as Sam Worthington,Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Terrence Howard, Max Martini, MireilleEnos, and Olivia Williams round out a very amazing cast of actors inthe film. They gel perfectly throughout the film, and when the plotcurve balls come they are believable.

    Overall while its not your old school Arnold Schwarzenegger film, itsure provides a deep story, with amazing acting, and while few actionscenes, the action we see is done amazingly. Fans of the action genrewho like to see real R rated action will likely enjoy this film. Othersmay be turned off since its not your average 80s or 90s Arnold film. Toyou I would say wait for rental. For people who hold opinions I do thisis a must see right away. As always Arnold throws out some amazing oneliners, so keep a look out for them.

  4. bbickley13-921-58664
    30 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    It's strange seeing old Arnie. without the buff bod he looks more likeaverage Joe cop than the machine I remember from the 80's and 90's, butfor this particular movie, it was fitting.

    The once powerful oak plays John 'Breacher' Wharton, a DEA agent wholeads a special Task force team accused of steeling a fortune in drugmoney and now their being hunted down for it, and need to find out bywho before they all die.

    What was also strange for me was seeing The Govenator do a littledrama. that's got to be a first in his career. I've seen him docomedies like Twins and Kindergarten Cop, which I thought were amusing,but drama seems a little odd, but it goes well with the new body. Ialso notice the once Mr. Olympian was getting a Little more R rated inthis flick. Not just with his words but with his adult content, andsurprisingly I'm not talking about large amounts of killing witch thismovies steers from. He's also given us a western vibe taking afteranother aging action hero, Clint Eastwood. Arine's anti-hero is comingalong nicely

    Directed by the same man who did End of Watch, and you can tell becauseit has the feel of the Jake Gyllenhaal Vehicle, with the relationshipbetween the officers and the action sequences that seem like they wereripped off from real footage of real cops training. However, the filmis more complex than End of Watch with a plot that leans toward Crimeand Drama than it does Action and never stops unraveling itself untilthe very last scenes.

    Though the well known cast added some real color to the movie, withactors like Sam Worthington and Joe Manganiello taking center stage,some other characters like the ones played by Josh Holloway andTerrence Howard could have been done better. It was like they were onlythere to put a few more names on the poster.

    The actions sequences were well done and escalate nicely through themovie. It feels to me like the car chase is coming back as I've seen alot of movies with some real good ones in the past year, and this movieis one of them.

    I'll be honest I had to see the movie twice in order to fully untanglethe web of crime and drama going on here, but it was a movie worthseeing more than once.

  5. msia91 from Penang, Malaysia / Chicago, USA
    30 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    If there is any indication that present era needs an aging, post-gubernatorial and post-scandal Arnold Schwarzenegger, David Ayer's"Sabotage" is it. Never mind the fact his last two star vehicles bombeddomestically with mixed reception and transformed him into a caricatureof his former self – "Sabotage" is the real deal – a no-holds-barredreturn to form for the Austrian Oak. If that doesn't convince you, thenthe opening shot showing a solemn Arnie will. The trailers couldn'thave been more off about where the plot was going. This isn't anall-out action bonanza, it's a riveting crime thriller with few butengaging action sequences that bookends the film. Watching an Ayer filmotherwise would be missing the point.

    Here he plays John Wharton (or "Breacher" to his comrades) a flawed DEAtask force team leader who get targeted along with his motley crew (atalented ensemble cast comprised of Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello,Terrence Howard, Max Martini and Mireille Enos) by a mysterious andvicious killer following the theft of millions of cartel money during abust. But there's more than meets the eye about Breacher, as so cockilyportrayed by an intrepid investigator (Olivia Williams).

    This admittedly repetitive, Agatha Christie-inspired plot was concoctedby Skip Woods, whom you may remember butchered the last "Die Hard"film. Ayer drastically fleshed out Woods' script as naturally as hecan, and ventured within the machismo of vital characters. Like thegood "End of Watch", "Sabotage" has flawed human beings as theprotagonists – trying to survive in a world where they think theyunderstand.

    Not an easy task when the lead role is the heavily-accentedSchwarzenegger – who isn't exactly noted for being a thespian. Apleasant surprise was seeing that Schwarzenegger finally showcase somereal acting required for the role – gone are the gung-ho self-awarenessand ridiculous one-liners; here is a ruthless, desperate character thatcreates unease rather than pleasing the crowd. It *almost* makes youforget you're watching an Arnold Schwarzenegger film – that cowboyending be damned. While the rest of the supporting cast act their partswell (though Williams bears a Southern accent more ludicrous thanSchwarzenegger's), all due praise must also go to Mireille Enos (ofTV's "The Killing") who steals nearly every scene she's in.

    Ayer's action sequences are all about intensity and grounded realism,and from that aspect, Ayer delivers once again; this is the mostviolent Schwarzenegger film I've ever seen. I'm not talking about thebody count – I'm talking about the extremely graphic and methodicalways the team members get offed – even some completely innocent bloodget brutalized in the crossfire. Trust me when I say that this is not afilm to bring your kids into. Some of the gory content reach mild "Saw"levels. The film also has the most gruesome end to any car chase I'veseen.

    The film touches upon the subject of drug cartels very briefly – butthe nihilistic message about getting involved with such criminals ismade very clear from the very first shot. I also appreciated how, incertain scenes, characters let the money and fear go in over theirhead, and as a result of their greed and paranoia, damaged thebrotherhood and ultimately doomed themselves. Another character isracked with grief and wrath, and alas, ultimately doom themselves tooby choosing to walk down a deep, dark path. There is more at stake herethan just millions of dollars.

    "Sabotage" ends up slightly weaker than "End of Watch" due to some plotissues and some hackneyed writing, and not because of Schwarzenegger -rather, he's a strength for the movie. For him, this could be the startfor more challenging, dramatic roles – accent be damned. Ayer howeveris not done yet – his upcoming war film "Fury" with Brad Pitt is on thehorizon, and judging from the sheer machismo and intensity he hasdisplayed throughout his career so far – he looks set to join the likesof John McTiernan and Walter Hill as tough, no-nonsense Hollywoodaction filmmakers.

  6. steve beard ( from United States
    30 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    I saw "Sabotage", starring Arnold Schwarzenegger-The Last Stand, JingleAll the Way; Sam Worthington-Avatar, Hart's War; Mireille Enos-WorldWar Z, The Killing_t.v., she was also born in Houston, Texas; TerrenceHoward-The Best Man Holiday, Iron Man and Olivia Williams-Hanna,Dollhouse_t.v.

    This is a little different Arnold action movie; it has a plot and it'sa little darker. It's based on an Agatha Christie story called 'AndThen There Were None', which you may have seen as a movie called 'Ten'or 'Ten Little Indians'. It's directed by David Ayer-End of Watch,Street Kings-and he also wrote it-one of his other writing credits isTraining Day. Arnold plays the leader of a DEA team that gets the jobdone, busting drug cartels and ticking people off. Sam, Mireille andTerrence are other members of the special team. After a big drug bustgoes down, ten million dollars of the drug money goes missing.Questions are raised about who took it; Arnold's team, of course, areall suspects and their bosses, as well as the drug cartels, think theyare guilty. Then, one by one, the team members start dying and not bynatural causes, either-one guy is nailed to the ceiling. Olivia is thepolice officer that is investigating the countdown murders-and thenthere were none. The violence is pretty graphic, even for an Arnoldmovie. It's rated "R" for the bloody violence, language,sexuality-including nudity-and drug use-I guess a lot of people do notpay attention to the ratings because I saw several people with youngkids in my theater-and has a running time of 1 hour & 49 minutes. Iwould probably buy it on Blu-Ray.

  7. better_solutions from United States
    30 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    This is an adsorbing movie pulling you in before you realize it's notanother aimless spectacle of violence. It doesn't help to begin withpreconceptions, in particular a slant many passivists have againstviolence in movies as the plot is deep. This is a profile of people inan extreme endeavor with life threatening pressures that lead to mentalbreakdowns, errors in judgment, and unexpected conflicts. The conflictslead the violence rather than the other way around. The filming is goodbut not on par with Lawrence of Arabia. The story does not give itselfaway like so many crime thrillers, other than if you have excellentmovie intuition. Schwarzenegger has made a film here which does notplay the often inexplicable and ridiculous Hollywood Star feedbackloops, like repeating "I'll be back" as if it can fit anywhere in anymovie just because he says it. A. S. sticks to the role and withunderstated presence that allows a strong cast and screenplay to rise.See it and have a good time.

  8. The_After_Movie_Diner from United States
    30 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    Sabotage is a gritty crime action thriller. It is also, on the surface,an unusual film for Schwarzenegger who, despite a slate of upcomingsequels to his former big hits or franchises, is in the middle of areally interesting comeback. The criminally underrated Last Stand sawhim try a little bit of an Eastwoodish turn as the old, tired, grizzledsheriff of a small town, Escape Plan saw him having tremendous fun andstealing the film in his supporting role and in the upcoming Maggie hewill be dipping his toe into the bloody and crowded waters of zombiefilms but with Sabotage it appears to be a first for Arnold: a, mostly,dramatic, serious performance, leading an ensemble cast, with,comparatively minimal action.

    Arnie plays a tough as nails but quietly haunted and lost DEA Agent,whose special team of hard training, hard fighting, hard drinking andhard talking undercover agents are divided by an incident andinvestigation surrounding a missing ten million dollars. This fills theteam full of mistrust, which only grows as they, individually, startshowing up dead in a series of brutal, unflinching and hard R murders.Schwarzenegger must team up with Fed Olivia Williams and work out justwhat the hell is going on.

    Sabotage is a film that is all about appearances. It appears to be agrainy, dark, violent and adult crime film which pulls no punches withlanguage, nudity and gore but aspects of the plot are as generic asyour favourite 80s or 90s revenge action film. It's, also, a film thatappears to be taking clichés from the past and turning them on theirhead and a film that appears to be clever, full of twists and revealsbut, a few minutes out of the cinema, you have more questions thananswers and any logic the script has falls away pretty quickly. This,normally, in a wham bam, 80s throwback, action film wouldn't matter butstructuring it the way they have and presenting it the way they have,demands you look into it a little closer and, when you do, it doesn'tmake a whole lot of sense.

    One of the good things about the movie was definitely the fact that,from the trailer, I thought it would have that shaky-cam, grainy-videostyle cinematography that sadly passes for so-called "realism" thesedays and is meant to signal you're watching something edgy and seriousbut it didn't. The cinematography was pretty good and the actionscenes, particularly, were clear, pleasing and watchable. There were acouple of moments where the camera would suddenly and needlessly bemounted on top of a gun or something silly but apart from that, verycool. Another thing was Arnie and Olivia Williams performances, whilethe chemistry between them never really materialised like maybe thescript called for it to, he has the presence and she has the actingchops, so that you were always pleased when the film followed them.Lastly it's violence and gore is joyously hard R, in your face,unflinching and even shocking. I just wish it was attached to moreenthusiastic and pleasing action sequences.

    Sadly though the movie has a lot of faults and I hate to write orreport this as I really do think Arnie fans, action fans and thrillerfans should go and see it, if for no other reasons but to make your ownmind up and to see the Austrian oak do something very different in toneat least, if not in story. However, a couple of hours detached from themovie now and I just wish they'd told the story differently or it hadbeen a different story. While I applaud anyone trying to come atgeneric material a different and new way, I don't think this did itsuccessfully. There's a reason this kind of story has been tolddifferently in the past, it's more satisfactory that way. Also it'sfull of plot holes which are covered only by the fact that, because weare meant to suspect everyone in the film, no one really has any kindof character to speak of. Their motives aren't quantified, explained orexamined beyond very basic assumed reasons. The second reason Sabotageis not the film I hoped it would be, is that the team around Arnie areall horrible people and while Sam Worthington's character displays alittle sensitivity and tragedy, quite well I might add, most of thetime they are all obnoxious, swearing, bickering imbeciles. I couldn'tbelieve one of them had any more elite training than a mall securityguard and even if they did, not one of them seems to respect it. Iunderstand the team in the film is meant to be divided by mistrust anddevastated by the deaths of their team mates but there are more scenesof them visiting strip clubs and drinking booze than there are scenesof them kicking ass and taking names, which annoying and grating.Lastly, the film is also horribly misogynist. I can't, exactly, go intoall the reasons why here but there aren't many glowing representationsof women in the film, most of them are drug addled, whores orstrippers. Not that the men are likable and perfect either but theydon't get anywhere near the bad representation that women do in thefilm. It thinks it combats this claim by having Olivia Williams'seemingly strong, intelligent character in there but it really doesn'tonce you see what happens.

    Despite all this stuff, I did enjoy the movie for what it was and it'sdefinitely an interesting film for Arnie to have in his come-backcannon. It's nothing like I was lead to believe from the trailer thoughand it's not as clever as it thinks it is but disengage your brain andjust go with it and there's a ton to enjoy. It's my least favourite ofhis films since 2010 though.

  9. Matthew Stechel ( from United States
    30 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    Sabotage was a pretty good B movie overall. Its got a really strongbeginning, a suspenseful enough middle, and a really, really weakending. Arnold absolutely does his strongest post comeback acting workhere with a very tense, serious, internal and surprisingly effectiveperformance. Almost completely missing at least at first are all thecoolly spoken one liners that usually serve to punch up the scene wejust saw–which really threw me off guard while watching this. I keptwaiting for the classic Arnold one liner tell off line and while thereare a handful scattered here and there, instead of being delivered withthat classic confident style we get a kind of slightly nervous style ofdelivery.

    Arnold's got reason to be nervous. His character's "we don't answer tonobody" big time top secret, off the grid DEA squad just blew a majorbust, a member of his team got killed, and they're all being accused ofstealing the money from the failed bust that they can't recover.(Doesn't help that a lot of it was burned up in an explosion but nevermind that.) When we first see Arnold back in the office trying to tieup loose ends, he's being tailed everywhere he goes–even in thebathroom! He's being mocked by everyone he comes across and even afterhe grabs this other agent's gun right off of his chest holder withoutthe guy even knowing he's still being made fun of by the dude! Itdoesn't matter though cause he's got bigger fish to fry. Mainly he'sgot to find out who's killing off the members of his team one by one.(Who Could It Be????) Yes before too long we witness the deaths of themembers of his team one by one–and you can just bet that the localcops in charge of investigating these deaths will start to suspect himbefore too long. Why? I don't really know, and it doesn't really matterbecause he's Arnold and frankly why else are you watching this if notfor him? I hope its not for any of the actors who make up the membersup their team because despite some good actors mixed in there, none ofthem really get to make much of an impression with the exception of oneteam member in particular. I'll leave it to you to find out which oneof course! Arnold in all seriousness does a very strong job indicatingthe mounting pressures his character feels–about halfway through themovie we learn what's really eating Arnold's character and Arnold doesa very credible job making you believe that he's really sufferinginternally. I can't believe I'm saying this but I honestly think he'dbe a good lead on a CBS crime show, he's got that real charismatic "I'min charge here" accountability aspect of seeming like a good leader tothe other members of his team down and it kind of stinks that the lasthalf hour or so of this movie lets Arnold's fine character work down bybecoming more typical, and a lot more sloppy in terms of plotting.

    Yes the killer is found, and yes is justice is dispensed and Arnoldgets to fire a large gun out of the sunroof of a car while in pursuitof said killer. The end chase scene is actually really funny–at onepoint the killer hits a pedestrian on a bike and shouts that they can'tsee over the body on the windshield and I'm not going to lie–its areally funny moment and is very unusual in a movie car chase (which Ilove!) but everything past a certain point–say the random revealing ofthe killer–feels kind of a let down given the build up that was putin.

    I'm probably over-thinking this–its not like they set out to make agreat character based movie but I feel like Arnold's character herereally registers strongly as an actual person and this could have beenan amazing suspense movie with real emotions playing out from Arnoldbut the film's pretty sloppy last twenty minutes or so lessons thequality of the film quite a bit. Seriously the killer all but announcesthat they're the killer at a certain point and all that's left is towatch Arnold chase after the killer–like its like that's it? that'sthe end of the movie we've been watching? after an hour and twentyminutes give or take of toying with Arnold–this is how the moviedecides to end? OK I guess but you were a lot better a movie before yourandomly decided you needed to rush to an ending as quickly as youcould. Its still entertaining at least.

  10. rparham from Gainesville, Florida
    30 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    One thing is for certain, Sabotage will not be winning any awards for"feel good" movie of the year. Co-written and directed by David Ayer,Sabotage is a dark, at times practically nihilistic police thrillerthat proves to be the most downbeat film Arnold Schwarzenegger has beenassociated with in most of his acting career. In general, dark filmsdon't immediately turn me off, but Sabotage is such a dour affair, witha limited amount of attention to character and a script that seems tobe a bit confused at times that it leaves you wanting more from thisfilm.

    Sabotage focuses on "Breacher" (Schwarzenegger), the head of an eliteDEA tactical team that is made up of a number of proverbial "bad boys"and one "bad girl": Monster (Sam Worthington), Sugar (Terrence Howard),Pyro (Max Martini), Grinder (Joe Mangeniello), Neck (Josh Holloway),Tripod (Kevin Vance), Smoke (Mark Schlegel) and Lizzie (Mirelle Enos).Tattooed, grungy and seemingly perpetually intoxicated, the team iscalled into action to take down a load of money belonging to a druglord, but in the process appropriates $10 million for themselves. Whenthe team returns to retrieve the money later, they find it missing.After an intensive interrogation and investigation by the DEA where noevidence can be located, Breacher and his team return to their routine.However, shortly thereafter, the team members begin getting picked offone by one in some rather gruesome ways. Homicide detective Caroline(Olivia Williams) begins investigating the murders, but deduces thereis more than meets the eye to these crimes.

    Sabotage represents a departure of sorts for Schwarzenegger. While hehas at times been involved in the past in films with darker premises,such as Collateral Damage and End of Days, Sabotage is easily thegrittiest role he has taken on in a long time, perhaps ever. Breacheris a morally ambiguous, complex character and while Schwarzenegger willprobably never be able to completely overcome his acting limitations,with Breacher he is at least stretching beyond his normal boundaries.

    However, Sabotage's problems aren't with Schwarzenegger, but the scriptand, to a certain extent, the film's direction. Intended as a whodunnitwhen the characters start dropping off, Sabotage runs afoul of a numberof issues, primarily the fact that the characters are so underdevelopedthat we are left watching a film where many of the individuals are nobetter than passing faces and the few that are given some depth aregenerally unpleasant. Aside from Breacher, almost all the leads aren'tgiven much to work with, leaving actors such as Terrence Howard ratherunderutilized in their roles. The one exception is Lizzie, the drugaddled female member of the squad, but the problem with her is that, inan attempt to make her a "warrior woman" Ayer and actress Enos stretchtoo far. Lizzie is about as over the top as you can get, pushing thelimits of her character and transforming her into a caricature ratherthan a three dimensional human being. I'm sure Enos revelled in theopportunity to sink her teeth into a role that many women performersdon't get, but she simply ends up as a distraction at times.

    For the most part, Sabotage doesn't represent anything really new fordirector Ayer, who has largely made his career out of dark policeprocedural films, but even with a number of outings under his belt,Sabotage at times feels almost amateurish. Perhaps it is a combinationof the hand held, high def video camera work (which still at timescan't match the look of real film) combined with some rather outlandishdialogue that makes it often feel that Sabotage is being made by abunch of guys with a camcorder who revel in overripe profanity as astunt to fill their free time. Also, as the film starts winding down,the narrative takes a number of turns that make what came before moreand more confused and almost pointless. Add to that the thincharacterization, and, in the end, you are left with a ratherunpalatable concoction.

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