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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sabotage - D

Rated R, 109 minutes

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Someone "Sabotage"-d this tiresome, unoriginal action flick

What a bloody waste. That's what the familiar new Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie "Sabotage" is. A waste of time, talent and resources with a half-decent story that's lost amidst the gratuitous violence and bullets. 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. Directed and co-written by David Ayer, the unoriginal "Sabotage" has a great cast and an interesting story that's completely undermined by so much violence, it throws the film off the rails completely early on. As Schwarzenegger's DEA team, it's filled with a gallery of intriguing actors completely wasted in this mess: Josh Holloway, Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Terrence Howard, Mireille Enos, all given barely a line or two, not to mention the woefully miscast (though otherwise fine actress) Brit Olivia Williams, trying to exude a Tilda Swinton-vibe that comes off laughable underneath a ridiculous Southern accent that's as sporadic as the film's plot. Arnold has his way of getting the bad guys, and he does here too, which shouldn't be a big surprise, though expect considerable (and largely unnecessary) bloodshed along the way. Ayer has done this type of thing much better (like "End of Watch"), and by amping up the body count here, "Sabotage" undermines itself from being a half-decent film. This won't stop Arnold's fan base from coming out, who could make "Sabotage" a hit (though much of what he's done lately has flopped) but much like Arnold himself, this grows old and tired very quickly. Stay away.

Wes's Grade: D

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