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Sabotage
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07.29.2014 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
David Ayer

Actors:
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Sam Worthington
Terrence Howard

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When ten million dollars goes missing from a Cartel safe house bust, DEA team leader, Breacher (Arny) and his team become prime suspects, but when his teammates start turning up dead, Breacherís forced to consider the impossible as they all start to turn on one another.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I wasnít sure what Schwarzeneggerís comeback was going to look like, but as much as I idolized the guy growing up, I wasnít expecting much. He felt way too hammy in EXPENDABLES 2, rusty in THE LAST STAND, but was surprisingly hilarious in THE ESCAPE PLAN. After seeing the trailer for SABOTAGE I immediately thought to myself, ďDamn, Arnyís looking great, this might be what Iíve been waiting for.Ē God knows it ainít TRIPLETS. I love gritty cop flicks and when you throw in the minds and talent that put together TRAINING DAY and END OF WATCH, well, itís sounded like a slam dunk. As an action flick, it works hands down, but unfortunately it lacks the heart of TRAINING DAY and the intensity of END OF WATCH.

My beef with this flick is simple, it just doesnít feel much like a cop flick. Arny and his team feel like a cleaner crew of mercenaries (much like Denzelís crew of scumbags in TRAINING DAY), which makes it awfully hard to care about them. They start dropping like flies, and itís doing nothing for me. I want to care about these people. I donít have to fall in love, but take a second to revisit that scene in TRAINING DAY when Ethan Hawke is sitting at the table with those gang banger dudes and realizes Denzel left him there to die. Aside from many a scene in HEAT, there are few other scenes with that kind of power. I could watch TRAINING DAY anytime. It never gets old. The problem with SABOTAGE is that has zero rewatchability. Donít get me wrong, I enjoyed the movie, it was good, but it was more of a revenge piece when allís said and done. Again, not a bad thing, but not something Iíd hit up for seconds.

SABOTAGE is showcased as a cop flick, but I felt it was more akin to SAVAGES, which is just my opinion. The supporting cast was chalked full of big names like Sam Worthington (loved his badass look), Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello (feel for ya bro, your death on TRUE BLOOD this season was weak), and LOSTís Josh Holloway. They were a cool crew and good for some laughs, but they were a far cry from Dutchís crew in PREDATOR. Iím not going to spoil anything, but needless to say I wasnít thrilled with the teamís twist, but I did however enjoy where the film ended up. It made sense and worked for me.
THE EXTRAS
Alternate Endings: Ugh. I canít say too much here, but the ending ďas isĒ makes sense. These two others, however, are darker and would challenge your feelings about everything thatís taking place so I can see why they got the axe.

Deleted Scenes: There are seventeen minutes worth, and basically Iíll say this; this flickís content is already dark and violent, and itís a fine line to walk, so adding too much for the sake of having it would hurt the film overall. These cut scenes are examples of just that, and beyond that, arenít all that great anyway.

Making Sabotage: Director David Ayer explains that Arnold sought him out for this flick, and he was very moved by the gesture. Arnold wanted to do something darker than usual and loves Ayerís work. The cast also pipes in about how much of a blast it was to work with Arnold and about the tremendous amount of respect they have for him.

Previews: There are a slew of trailers as well as a DVD and Ultraviolet Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Iíd like to see Arny front and center leading the show rather than playing off a slew of other actors. I get that he may have needed that upon resurfacing, but heís got his mojo back in my opinion, so hereís to some KING CONAN action. Crom willing, it will kick all kinds of ass. Meanwhile, SABOTAGE is still his best post comeback flick.
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1:33PM on 07/29/2014
Enjoyed this flick but its tone was really muddled, like it wasn't sure what it wanted to be. Read rumors that the producers recut Ayer's final cut so it makes a lot of sense. Reardless Arnie is a total badass in it and the action was great although not enough. BTW i dont think they'll be making King Conan anymore considering Arnie is box office poison, its a shame but its also the truth.
Enjoyed this flick but its tone was really muddled, like it wasn't sure what it wanted to be. Read rumors that the producers recut Ayer's final cut so it makes a lot of sense. Reardless Arnie is a total badass in it and the action was great although not enough. BTW i dont think they'll be making King Conan anymore considering Arnie is box office poison, its a shame but its also the truth.
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