Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Movie Review: "Sabotage" (2014)

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Director: David Ayer
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 49 minutes

After John "Breacher" Wharton (Arnold Schwarzenegger) wife is kidnapped, tortured, and murdered, he and his team of elite DEA special ops agents are out for blood. They plan a heist to steal $10 million dollars from a drug raid, but when the money goes missing, the team starts to point fingers at one another. Soon, they are all singled out one by one and killed mercilessly, and with the help of investigators Caroline (Olivia Williams) and Jackson (Harold Perrineau), Breacher tries to solve the mystery of his quickly disappearing team.

We don't know how this movie has that high of a rating on IMDB.

"Breacher and his Merry Band of Assholes" is a more appropriate title for this movie. Just because Breacher's team is filled with special ops DEA agents, doesn't really give them the right to be such pricks. Each member has a nickname like "Monster" (Sam Worthington, who is almost completely unrecognizable), "Grinder" (Joe "Do Me Plz" Manganiello), "Neck" (Josh Holloway, who has done all but nothing since "Lost"), "Sugar" ("Baby Wipes" Terrance Howard), "Pyro" (Max Martini), "Tripod" (Kevin Vance), "Smoke" (Mark Schlegel), and of course the intimidating Lizzy, because women aren't worthy enough for a nickname. Together, they drink before working, cuss up a storm, treat women like objects, do drugs, hire hookers, tattoo each other, sleep around with each other, and say lines which are not only stupid and nonsensical but sexist and downright crude. It all follows what directors and writers think is a convoluted plot, but is actually one you can figure out in the first 30 seconds.

It's brash and vulgar for vulgarity's sake, and that's coming from huge fans (and overusers) of the F-word in real life. Something tells us that the director was trying to be gritty and realistic but failed pretty badly. If people act like the characters in this movie in real life, we've certainly never seen it happen. Not only that but the tacky and tasteless dialogue, F-bombs and all, seem completely forced and unnatural. There are movies, like "The Big Lebowski," "The Wolf of Wall Street," and even "Scarface" which show no lack of cursing, and yet it somehow seems like normal and natural dialogue. As far as the many death scenes go in this movie, they are all extremely graphic and overly so, again, in the pursuit of grittiness. You don't need to show someone's dripping guts onto the floor to get your point across...we get, they died horribly.

Let's get real, here. Arnold Schwarzenegger can't really act now, could never really act in his heyday, and has gotten progressively worse with age. We think his time out of Hollywood and into politics didn't do him any favors. He's trying to make a comeback for himself, but his 80's action shtick doesn't jive as much with the youths of today, with the exception of "The Expendables" franchise, where that shtick is self-mocking, plus Jason Statham.

The only thing remotely redeemable is the occasional action scene which entertains for a few fleeting moments, but other than that, this flop is worse than Schwarzenegger's Bud Light Super Bowl commercials.

My Rating: 3.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 4/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 22%
Do we recommend this movie: No.

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