John “Breacher” Wharton (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is the leader of an elite team of DEA agents from the Special Ops Division, formed by James “Monster” Murray (Sam Worthington) and his wife Lizzy Murray (Mireille Enos), Joe “Grinder” Philips (Joe Manganiello), Julius “Sugar” Edmonds (Terrence Howard), Eddie “Neck” Jordan (Josh Holloway), Tom “Pyro” Roberts (Max Martini), Bryce “Tripod” McNeely (Kevin Vance), and “Smoke” Jennings (Mark Schlegel). During a raid on a cartel warehouse, in which Smoke is killed, the team steals $10 million from the cartel’s money, hides it in sewer pipes to collect later and split among themselves, and blows up the rest to cover their tracks. However, the money disappears, and their superior Floyd Demel (Martin Donovan) finds out about it and suspends them for several months, during which they are investigated for the theft. With no concrete evidence of their participation, Demel reinstates them. Pyro is killed when his trailer is rammed by a train, after someone drives it to the tracks while he’s unconscious. Investigator Caroline Brentwood (Olivia Williams) and her partner Darius Jackson (Harold Perrineau) are assigned to the case and interrogate Pyro’s teammates. Brentwood notes Neck is avoiding interrogation, and Breacher accompanies her to his house, where they find him nailed to the ceiling and disembowelled. Brentwood recognizes the execution as the M.O. of the cartels, leading Breacher to assume the cartel is hunting them down over the stolen money. Breacher and Brentwood visit Tripod, who left the DEA after being suspended, and find him dead after a shootout in which he killed an assailant whom Breacher identified as a cartel enforcer. Monster later visits Brentwood, who is suspicious of Breacher, and tells her that Breacher’s family was kidnapped by the cartels, who videotaped their murders and later sent the tape to Breacher alongside the severed limbs of his wife and son. Breacher spent months searching for his family’s killers before the team convinced him to move on. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect…

“Sabotage” is on one hand a sort of classic Schwarzenegger action vehicle, but it tries to be something else at the same time and it simply fails. According to director David Ayer, “Sabotage” was heavily cut by the studio in favor of delivering more of an action based film rather than a mystery thriller. The original cut of Sabotage was rumored to be close to 3 hours. I reckon one problem for the movie. The film had originally a completely different ending. Two filmed versions were rejected by the producers, who forced Ayer to create a new ending which showed Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character as an antihero instead as a villain. Another problem for the movie. Rotten Tomatoes stated: “Sabotage boasts one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s finer post-political performances, but it’s wasted in a movie driven by grueling violence that punishes seemingly without purpose.” I would say first of all, that “Sabotage” is a disappointment in my eyes, due to the mentioned problems, but also from being such a pathetic testosterone filled garbage with shitty sexist and foul mouthed dialogue (that takes the storyline nowhere), Arnold having totally lost his screen persona, a rag tag collection of hardly interesting characters as his team, no real suspense or excitement, not convincing acting in general from all involved and an ending that just adds nothing new to the genre. It just doesn´t work despite some ok action sequences. This could´ve been a lot more interesting with a different cast, a modified script/dialogue and letting Ayer do his job fully. Apparently The Beastie Boys, Mike D and Adam Horovitz, turned down a request to use their 1994 song “Sabotage” in promos for the film. In his will, Adam Yauch prohibited the use of his music in advertisements. Good decision Adam. Rest your soul. “Sabotage” is just a disappointment. Period. (2 out of 5)

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