Movie Review


Leave no loose ends
Sabotage Movie Poster

US Release Date: 03-28-2014

Directed by: David Ayer


  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • John 'Breacher' Wharton
  • Sam Worthington
  • James 'Monster' Murray
  • Joe Manganiello
  • Joe 'Grinder' Phillips
  • Josh Holloway
  • Eddie 'Neck' Jordan
  • Terrence Howard
  • Julius 'Sugar' Edmonds
  • Max Martini
  • Tom 'Pyro' Roberts
  • Kevin Vance
  • Bryce 'Tripod' McNeely
  • Mark Schlegel
  • 'Smoke' Jennings
  • Ned Yousef
  • Dubai Money Launderer
  • Mireille Enos
  • Lizzy Murray
  • Maurice Compte
  • Sapo
  • Troy Garity
  • Agent Spolcheck
Reviewed on: October 1st, 2014
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mireille Enos and Sam Worthington in Sabotage

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mireille Enos and Sam Worthington in Sabotage

David Ayer directs films with an eye for realism. Not in plot necessarily, but in how his actors look. Very little effort was put into making Arnold Schwarzenegger appear any younger than his 66 years. Mireille Enos rarely wears any flattering makeup, revealing her less than stellar complexion. Joe Manganiello’s gray hairs dot his beard. Sam Worthington is nearly unrecognized with a shaved head and an ugly goatee. Glamour is the last thing Ayer wanted from his cast.

The movie begins with an elite group of DEA agents raiding and robbing a drug cartel’s home. The money they take quickly comes up missing but the government continues to investigate the agents none the less. One by one, the agents start coming up dead. Schwarzenegger and a government agent begin looking into the deaths, while the remaining DEA agents become more and more paranoid that they may be killed next. It is soon revealed, to what is obvious to us, that it is an inside job. Not everything makes sense but the pace and the action keeps us distracted

Sabotage is soft core torture porn. Several times we are shown a video of a woman being tortured, having one of her fingers cut off and then shot in a close up. Later we see a video of someone having their head being sawed off. Blood splatters everywhere when people get shot. Dead bodies are often reduced to puddles of blood and body parts. Internal organs have the occasional habit of finding themselves outside of their host body.

Like John Wayne in his later career, Schwarzenegger’s commanding presence has only grown with age. He even resembles Wayne at one point when he wears a cowboy hat and gets into a shootout in a bar. Schwarzenegger is hardly in the best shape of his life but his acting is, for better or worse, as good as it has ever been. Sure, he is not required to do much but he plays every scene with enough conviction. Also like The Duke, we never forget that we are watching Schwarzenegger. His most memorable line is when he is being interviewed by two government suits and yells at them, “Don't fucking scream at me you money fuck, you. Look at you! With your fucking 48% body fat! And you, you scrawny little bastard! Fuck you guys!”

Perhaps it was because of all the bad reviews Sabotage received on its theatrical release but I was pleasantly surprised and entertained by it. If you know Ayers work, you know he likes dark characters and deadly subjects. This is not a light, Expendables type of movie and does not want to be. A couple of times I wanted to turn from the screen as what was being shown was kind of hard to witness. Sure, several of the killings are over the top but some carry legitimate emotional weight. Death is never pretty and Ayer thrives on showing us the ugly.