Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Mireille Enos, Joe Manganiello, Max Martini, Josh Holloway
Director: David Ayer
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Universal Studios
Release Date: July 22, 2014
Run Time: 109 minutes
Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2 out of 5 stars
Arnold Schwarzenegger hasn’t really been up to his prime recently with his latest films outside of “The Expendable” franchise. They have been decent (except “The Last Stand”) but not big draws at the box office. “Sabotage” is no different in that department but it is quite a wild ride. It is low-key yet very gritty, gory, in-your-face and actually quite awesome. It is from the director of “End of Watch” and the writer of “Training Day”. and it really has that same kind of feel as those films, which is a great thing. This is definitely not your typical Schwarzenegger films and that is also a good thing. Action fans, should check this out!
Official Premise: When DEA task force leader Breacher Wharton (Schwarzenegger) storms a heavily armed cartel safe house, rogue members of his team use it as a cover to steal $10 million in cash. But just when they think their secret is safe, agents begin to be killed off one-by-one and everyone becomes a suspect, including the squad itself.
Besides Schwarzenegger, “Sabotage” packs a solid cast including Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway and Mireille Enos. Great talent here and the ensemble really works well together. I think this film should have received much more attention. People just see it is “another Schwarzenegger comeback” and look the other way. I think we are going to see some great things from director David Ayer. If you haven’t seen “End of Watch”, I also highly recommend that…stunning film.
Universal delivered “Sabotage” as a combo pack including a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD copy. Universal also delivered again with a fantastic Blu-ray presentation. The 1080p is fantastic, like I said gritty and dark but with a really nice polish on it. Same goes for the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track, which works well with the film’s action. Now we get to the special features, which are a big let down for me. There is a short behind-the-scenes look with “Making of Sabotage” and few alternate endings and deleted scenes included.