Arnold Schwarzenegger was king. His movies raked in serious box office. He was idolized by fans. The man could do not wrong. Then he became governor, got old, and has largely been dismissed by modern audiences upon his return to the big screen.
That's because modern audiences are morons.
Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.
Granted, Sabotage isn't a return to the heyday of Schwarzenegger movies past. But it's a fuck of a lot better and more entertaining than most of the watered down garbage Hollywood cranks out on a weekly basis. You can keep your CGI apes on horseback. I'll take the gritty, morally ambiguous action that is Sabotage any day.
Did I say morally ambiguous? Yes I did. There are no good guys in Sabotage, just people. Flawed, fucked up people of the variety all of us know. No one is good or bad. They just are. And we get that so rarely these days. There's no one to root for in this flick, but I'd party and swap war stories with any one of the characters. Don't get to say that about most movies I watch these days.
And the action. Wow. The violence is about as realistic as you'll ever see. Bullets blow holes through people and innocent bystanders get caught in the crossfire. I eat shit like this for breakfast! I'm not surprised this movie bombed. Modern moviegoers can't handle this sort of thing. Well, they can keep their sugar-coated reality. The world needs more movies like this.
I've heard there's a three-hour cut of Sabotage out there. I'd love to see it, as this version feels like a whole lot is missing. What's here is bad ass, and I'd highly recommend it to Basementites who like their action flicks gritty and exploitive.
And yes, Ah-nold gets to do more of his aging action hero thing. The man is awesome. 'Nuff said.
Sabotage isn't for everyone, but those who dig it should give it a Good. I do.