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Movie Review – Sabotage (2014)

By Manofyesterday

Director: David Ayer

Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Josh Holloway, Terrence Howard, Olivia D’Abo, Joe Manganiello, Max Martini, Kevin Vance, Mireille Enos

An elite DEA team raids the house of a drug cartel and steals $10 million dollars. When the money disappears, the members of the team are placed under investigation. But when that threat gets dealt with, the team find themselves hunted by an unknown killer…

David Ayer directed Sabotage and he’s going to be directing Suicide Squad, which is of interest to me since I have a great fondness for superhero movies. After watching this I think he’ll do well because there were a good number of action set-pieces and some thrilling deaths. There were also a couple of stylish shots from the barrel of a gun, which I would have liked to have seen more of as it gave the film a unique look.

The writing is a bit lacklustre. The cast is fairly big so it’s difficult to give the characters depth and they mostly rely on the charisma of the actors, and there is a good ensemble. The twist is okay although there aren’t many clues to it so instead of being blown away and thinking ‘ohhh THAT’s what THAT meant,’ instead it just happened and the film continued. It’s good to see Arnie in a decent role that doesn’t poke fun at his 80s persona (looking at you Expendables) and the ending would have been a decent story in and of itself.

It’s a pretty decent action flick that has some good laughs. It’s not the best and there are some story beats that just don’t make sense and come out of nowhere, but overall I enjoyed it.

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