Arnold Schwarzenegger continues the post-gubernatorial Hollywood comeback that started with 2012’s The Expendables 2, with the one-liner laden Sabotage, which appears not to be content until it has checked the box of damn near every action flick standard. I have zero problem with this. Co-written with screenwriter Skip Woods (Hitman, The A-Team) and directed by David Ayers (Training Day, End of Watch) the film features Schwarzenegger as John “Breacher” Wharton, the hard-ass leader of an equally hard-ass crew of elite DEA operatives. When Breacher and his team stash a 10 million dollar haul after being sent to take down the safe house of a drug cartel, they’re slowly picked off one by one for their dirty deed.
The premise is interesting, because they’re definitely not straight up good folks. Still, audiences will be rooting for them plenty all the same. Hardcore bros and hot ladies with guns slinging awesome zingers and fist bumping between battles with baddies is almost always fun times, right? Check out the red band trailer (courtesy of IGN) for Sabotage below, and being that it’s the weekend, feel free to make a drinking game of the liberally used f@#ks scattered throughout.
Joe Manganiello in cornrows getting angry about farts, Sam Worthington saying tough-guy things, Terrence Howard…probably doing something similar, and Arnold with a Bob’s Big Boy mascot haircut and neck tats? Why the hell not? Honestly, this could be big, dumb fun, or an absolute disaster. I doubt there will be much in the way of middle ground. This variety of action ensemble flick is definitely one hundred percent in Ayers’ wheelhouse, having had a hand in writing 2003’s S.W.A.T., as well as his predilection for corrupt law enforcement-tales, as seen in 2008’s Street Kings. Woods has a bit of a spotty quality record, with Swordfish, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and A Good Day to Die Hard under his belt. Hitman wasn’t exactly received well either.
That noted, Sabotage doesn’t have to be brilliant so much as fun. To this point Schwarzenegger’s return, in my opinion, has been more pleasure than pain. The Last Stand was a surprisingly satisfying shoot ’em up, and a significant improvement over the almost petrified woodenness of the former governor’s performance in The Expendables 2. Escape Plan was pure nostalgic cookie dough straight off the spoon, with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold playing off of and occasionally punching one another, with a hefty helping of endearingly mangled lines between them.
Here is hoping Sabotage keeps the ball (live grenade?) rolling on the ol’ career comeback. You can find out yourself come March 28, 2014, when it arrives in theaters.