SABOTAGE (2014)

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THE PLOT THUS FAR

Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“Sabotage” alienated a lot of traditional Schwarzenegger fans. Hell, I’m glad it did. Instead of getting a standard action/crime movie, what we get is a Rashomon style of a team of scumbags. What ended up killing everybody, does anyone know? Olivia Williams doesn’t seem to believe what Schwarzenegger is telling her. Meanwhile, Terrence Howard shows up to keep playing every other role he’s always played. While his Hustle and Flow Oscar nomination was well deserved, the guy seems to have peaked almost a decade ago.

Schwarzenegger is getting weird in his old age. While his return to Action Cinema has been met by roles that don’t match his Golden Age, we’re seeing a new side of Arnie in his Milland years. A lot of long-time fans won’t appreciate watching a movie where Schwarzenegger lies, cheats and steals his way to the top. For those people, I suggest checking out Raw Deal.  Director Ayers wants to keep his streak with Training Day alive, but this movie has long since morphed out of the modern cop drama vibe. If anything, this is a film about betrayal among thieves and other low-lifes. While I won’t go so far to lay down blame in the movie, there’s almost no one on Schwarzenegger’s SWAT team that is really worth a damn in the long-run.

The Blu-Ray comes with deleted scenes, alternate endings and a featurette as the special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for a recent release. The 1080p transfer is stunning, even when the movie frequently shifts tones. The same goes for the bang-up job done by the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 07/22/2014

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