Sometimes bad movies can be fun – guilty pleasures – and sometimes they are so bad you can’t even make up a wise crack as you leave the theater. Sadly, “Sabotage”, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s entry back into the world of action movies is the latter: a sorry, violent mess of a movie that should never have been made.
The former “Governator”, plays John “Breacher” Wharton, who heads a renegade undercover DEA squad – comprised of foul mouthed and brutish misfits, Grinder (Joe Manganiello, True Blood), Neck (Josh Holloway, “Lost”), Monster (Sam Worthington, “Avatar”), Sugar (Terrence Howard), Pyro (Max Martini, “Revenge”), and Lizzy (Mireille Enos, “The Killing”).
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. And, as the body count rises, the rats begin to turn on each other.
Director David Ayer, who has actually made a couple of solid films about law enforcement (“Training Day”, “End of Watch”) may have been attempting to make a “Grindhouse” movie, an exploitation film usually so filled with grit, gore and sleaze that it becomes camp, but he’s missed the mark by a mile. And, while the rest of the ensemble trudges along, attempting to make the best of Skip Woods’s script, Schwarzenegger is simply dreadful, with dialog that seems even more unintelligible than usual.
The Bottom Line: Rearrange your sock drawer, do anything to avoid “Sabotage”. It’s only March, but I think it’s safe to say this one will make my list of Worst Movies of the Year.
1 hour, 49 minutes Rated R for strong bloody violence, language, sexuality, nudity and drug use