For quite some time, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been the go-to actor for action movies. From films such as “Predator,” “The Terminator” series and “True Lies,” Schwarzenegger has entertained us with bulky feats of strength and awesome action scenes.
As the majority of us were kids when most of his better-known films came out, we all were a part of the Schwarzenegger generation. In his new film, “Sabotage,” the action is plentiful and even more brutal than usual.
When it comes to crime, there is an elite squad of DEA operatives who puts the screws to criminals unlike any other. Led by their loyal commander, “Breacher”, this team has excelled where others haven’t. When the team takes down the safe house of a notorious drug cartel, a large stash of drug money is confiscated.
Things start to get even more complicated when members of Breacher’s team start turning up dead, leaving him to believe someone on his team is dirty. In order to save the rest of his team, as well as himself, Breacher must find the truth at all costs and do what he does best.
As I mentioned previously, Schwarzenegger is a big deal when it comes to action films. However, in this film he plays a bit of a different action role.
As the commander of the team, Breacher, Schwarzenegger not only represents an older father figure to the team, but also plays his role with a level of vulnerability.
When we first meet his character in the film, we can tell that he is a broken man who has led his hard life of law enforcement. It is a success due to Schwarzenegger’s faithful commitment to his role.
Schwarzenegger, himself, is definitely getting older, but brings a brutal dose of action to this role showing that he has not lost a step in his older years.
Also starring in the film’s impressive cast are Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Mireille Enos, Olivia Williams and Terrence Howard. The cast does well alongside Schwarzenegger, which is not a surprise seeing as all of these actors are well known for their own great acting skills.
Director David Ayer brings a surreal violence to the film. Through his vision we are really able to get inside the minds of the people who put their lives on the line everyday.
I did enjoy the film, but the one thing this film suffers from is story placement. We are given details about the story, some in the past and some are yet to happen. Because of the periodic placement of these details, it is hard to keep in tune with the overall film’s progression. Instances like this are kind of a nuisance because they really can jerk you out of a film you are enjoying.
Story by John Gruccio, Contributing writer