What I’m Watching: Sabotage
March 31, 2014 § Leave a comment
For the record, David Ayer’s Sabotage is definitely worth seeing. The plot is over-the-top, as are the characters and the gore, but the film is a (mostly) sincere police thriller that doesn’t devolve into an “Arnold Schwarzenegger film” until the very last scene. Arnold is good in his role as the salty, old leader of a DEA special ops team, and the rest of the cast is friggin’ amazing. Mireille Enos (The Killing) really stands out as a drugged-out wild banshee, and I really like Olivia Williams (Dollhouse) carrying a pistol.
There’s been a lot of press calling this movie a flop, and though it’s not fair to compare it to the successes of Arnold’s heyday, compared to more recent, similar films, Sabotage still had a pretty weak opening. But we don’t measure success in dollars, and with the gore on horror-movie levels and some of the best small unit tactics I’ve seen on film in years (suck it Zero-Dark Thirty), Sabotage has the makings of a cult film favorite.