Sabotage

Sabotage is a 2014 American crime thriller film, directed by David Ayer, written by Skip Woods and Ayer and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Following a successful drug raid to steal $10 million from the cartel’s money, John “Breacher” Wharton (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and his rugged team of undercover DEA task force consisting of James “Monster” Murray (Sam Worthington) and wife Lizzy (Mireille Enos), Joe “Grinder” Phillips (Joe Manganiello), Julius “Sugar” Edmonds (Terrence Howard), Eddie “Neck” Jordan (Josh Holloway), Tom “Pyro” Roberts (Max Martini), and Bryce “Tripod” McNeely (Kevin Vance) — are happy to collect it later where they hide it in the sewer pipes. However, they return to discover that the drug money has gone missing. They are eventually held for investigation and everyone ends up suspended from duty. But after the authorities fail to find any hard evidence against them, their supervisor releases them back into action. Then, one by one each of the team members ends up dead in a gory fashion. While trying to find out who is behind the murders, Breacher ends up working with homicide investigator Caroline Brentwood (Olivia Williams) and realizes that the murders as well as the stolen drug money is actually involving one of them.

As much as Ayer loves to showcase a lot of grits in his movie, his usual shaky camera-work feels rather annoying, particularly when he loves to do a lot of tight close-ups. Another flaw here is Ayer’s over-the-top display of gore and violence, it somehow works better for hardcore horror movies rather than a gritty cop thriller. While Sabotage is far from both Ayer’s and Schwarzenegger’s best efforts, the movie is quite the jolting cinematic experience.

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