Ever since Schwarzenegger stepped out of office and back onto the big screen it feels like a void has finally been filled that was missing in the action genre. Sadly not everyone feels the same and the box office numbers haven’t been as strong as hoped, but he still doesn’t show any sign of backing down from the fight. In his latest film Sabotage, he is teaming up with Training Day director David Ayer along with a great supporting cast including Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, and Mireille Enos, but does it pack the punch needed to take things to the next level?
Sabotage follows an elite DEA task force that takes on the world's deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done until one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect. This is a different kind of film from Schwarzenegger than fans have come to expect. Gone are the cheesy one liners and over the top action and in its place is a gritty, gory action thriller that delivers on just about every level. Schwarzenegger plays this role with an edge rarely seen from him that is both battle hardened and emotionally tormented making for an interesting character that you never really know what is on his mind. The supporting cast works great together playing things to the extreme with each bringing their own insane portrayal to their roles. There are a couple of the supporting players that just don’t seem to fit in with the rest of the movie and seem to be more in the way than anything, while still being important to the story they are trying to tell. There isn’t a ton of action, but instead it plays out as more of a who-dun-it thriller that keeps you guessing to who is to blame for the bloody events playing out. The action that is here is well done and pretty gory pulling no punches including a pretty cool car chase gun fight that action fans is sure to love. In addition there is a back story plot that is usually something they leave for just character building but here allow it play out for resolution to wrap up everything in the film.
Like it or not Schwarzenegger is back to stay and if he takes on more roles like this could be churning out some great stuff. Sure there are some issues here and there with this film including some transitions between characters that seem to be missing something, but nothing that ruins the overall film. There are some of us that still love the old school action cheese, but this is a more mature action star and a film that fits him perfectly. Ayer has found a great vehicle for Schwarzenegger and if this film is any indication he has found a great new direction for his career.
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