Don’t ‘Sabotage’ your faith in movies
When a special team of DEA undercover agents, who are not so undercover, decide to steal $10 million from a drug cartel, the operation goes south, and the money goes missing. After six months of scrutiny, the living agents are given their jobs back and the team crumbles like dry coffee cake. Sabotage is graphically violent and gory, contains graphic language and some nudity – and those are its good points.
This film is filled with bad people doing bad things, and almost good people making bad choices. It starts at a very uncomfortable place that seems to have no relation to the rest if the film until it is revealed toward the end.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, playing “Breacher,” the corrupt leader of the DEA team, is flat and unfunny. Olivia Williams playing Caroline, a lower ranking detective investigating the death of the DEA team members, is taken in by his charm somehow (which members of the audience snorted and groaned at). Her partner, played by Harold Perrineau, bows down to Breacher as some sort of legend.
What happens to Breacher is horrible, but that doesn’t make his actions any more excusable. While Breacher may be the sort of anti-hero that is in vogue in story-telling these days, the payoff at the end doesn’t work because Breacher is a bad person and there is no way to care about him or what happened to him.
There is never a sense that the team likes each other. There is certainly no trust – that may just be what money does to people, and that is the best thing anyone can get out of this film. Sabotage is nominally better then You’re Next, but Rocky and Bullwinkle might be a better movie.
This trailer contains vulgarity.
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