If you want mindless action, don't see it. (by clintsheley)
First off i've always been a huge Arnold fan. I believe his not so much his early acting is more realistic compared to how most actors always over-act everything they do. Some say this movie has no action and too much story and some say it has no story and too much action. Don't listen to the critics, they were just sad they didn't get enough explosions or that there was too little narrative with too much story. A movie is supposed to be a story. Just because everyone's lines don't constantly and literally explain everything that is going on in the movie does NOT mean <more>
that the story wasn't there. It was actually supposed to be a mystery/thriller, but got edited into an action. First of all don't expect anything from a movie. Take it for what it is. Sabotage is a pretty deep movie and very adult. People say it was ridiculous with the blood and gore. I thought the gore was more realistic than most movies. People don't just mist and then pool on the ground, people actually make a very big mess when they are ripped open. If you want Expendables, then watch Expendables Which i love . If you want a movie with great actors except Howard and a real story that isn't saturated with the "typical" Hollywood crap, you should give Sabotage a fair watch.
All of you people are insane?!??! (by ivanlapshin)
This is easily one of the finest films Arnold has ever put out. It's brutal, realistic and genuinely affecting. Beautifully shot, immaculately acted. Arnie is growing into a hell of a character actor. I would easily put this film right up with the masterpieces that are The Terminator, Predator and Total Recall. Just brush away everything you know about Arnold the man and focus on the riveting acting ensemble that he'd surrounded himself with here. And let me be the first to say that, while I wasn't knocked out with his performance in Avatar, Sam Worthington comes into his own <more>
here. He is a living breathing undercover narc and the tension and energy that all these actors generate is positively insane. I see this as Arnold doing his Falstaf in Chimes of Midnight. And he's giving Orson Welles a run for his money!!!
Not David Ayer's best but worth a watch (by dragovich2011)
This movie is probably Arnold Schwarzenegger's best acted in a long time..It is more mystery thriller than an action packed one despite what the trailers led us to believe...The director uses Arnold really well and he has a lot of screen time despite that at times he doesn't seem like the main character..The supporting cast is strong but some actors do feel out of place..The unrecognizable Sam Worthington acts well and Joe Manganiello does good on his partThe plot is good and keeps you on the edge of your seats throughout..The action is the best part of the movie which is amazing and <more>
gruesome at the same time..The mystery is quit intriguing and keeps you guessing..The shooting and the deaths all seem quit real as there is no cgi involved which makes for a great viewing experience..If you have high expectations going in you'll be disappointed as this not the best of the director..overall this makes for a pretty good mystery thriller and you wont be unsatisfied
Don't care about others, this is an Arnold COME BACK!! (by zsappenfield)
The whole cast was great don't get me wrong, and i enjoyed the plot of the whole film, as much as it could have been a little longer with a few more, twists and turns, it still got the point with lots of gun fire, lots of "breaching" and lots of cussing for no reason. Arnold himself being team leader, did a great job, and finished his mission no matter what, i enjoyed the hell out of this film and i think it was a come back for Arnold, it wasn't a flop in my head, again most people are posting that it was crap and Arnold is done, blah blah blah This movie had everything <more>
going for it, action packed, lots of good actors, lots of crazy gun fights, lots of cussing and dirty jokes, i saw a review that said this is a "guilty pleasure for manly men".....honestly its just a guilty pleasure for anyone who likes action movies and Arnold surrounded by a group of good actors, i hope to see him doing more movies like this unlike the expendables, which i am not the biggest fan of this movie was more about him and less about the other actors, i think anyone who is an action movie fan, and an Arnold fan....would enjoy this....so give it a shot. seriously :
Arnold Schwarzenegger does the Action/Drama well. (by bbickley13-921-58664)
It's strange seeing old Arnie. without the buff bod he looks more like average Joe cop than the machine I remember from the 80's and 90's, but for this particular movie, it was fitting.The once powerful oak plays John 'Breacher' Wharton, a DEA agent who leads a special Task force team accused of steeling a fortune in drug money and now their being hunted down for it, and need to find out by who before they all die.What was also strange for me was seeing The Govenator do a little drama. that's got to be a first in his career. I've seen him do comedies like Twins and <more>
Kindergarten Cop, which I thought were amusing, but drama seems a little odd, but it goes well with the new body. I also notice the once Mr. Olympian was getting a Little more R rated in this flick. Not just with his words but with his adult content, and surprisingly I'm not talking about large amounts of killing witch this movies steers from. He's also given us a western vibe taking after another aging action hero, Clint Eastwood. Arine's anti-hero is coming along nicelyDirected by the same man who did End of Watch, and you can tell because it has the feel of the Jake Gyllenhaal Vehicle, with the relationship between the officers and the action sequences that seem like they were ripped off from real footage of real cops training. However, the film is more complex than End of Watch with a plot that leans toward Crime and Drama than it does Action and never stops unraveling itself until the very last scenes. Though the well known cast added some real color to the movie, with actors like Sam Worthington and Joe Manganiello taking center stage, some other characters like the ones played by Josh Holloway and Terrence Howard could have been done better. It was like they were only there to put a few more names on the poster.The actions sequences were well done and escalate nicely through the movie. It feels to me like the car chase is coming back as I've seen a lot of movies with some real good ones in the past year, and this movie is one of them.I'll be honest I had to see the movie twice in order to fully untangle the web of crime and drama going on here, but it was a movie worth seeing more than once.
One of Schwarzeggner's Solid Actioneers (by zardoz-13)
Most moviegoers will concede that Arnold Schwarzenegger is no longer the actor that he once was in the 1980s and 1990s. During his heyday, the celebrated Austrian bodybuilder made popular movies that mainstream audiences relished and quoted lines from with hopeless regularity. Since he finished his tour of duty as California's twice-elected governor, Schwarzenegger has been making movies that attract only a hardcore following, often with his frequent flying friend Sylvester Stallone. They've made three "Expendables" epics along with the under-rated "Escape Plan." <more>
Arnold's latest epic "Sabotage" is a movie that may repel audiences more often than attract them. "Sabotage" writer & director David Ayer specializes in tough-as-nails action sagas. As a writer, he has penned "U-571," "The Fast and the Furious," "Training Day," "Dark Blue," "Harsh Times," "SWAT," and "End of Watch." As a director, he has helmed "Harsh Times," "End of Watch," and "Street Kings." You can catch a glimpse of all these movies, possibly with the exception of "U 571," in his latest crime thriller "Sabotage." Quite possibly, "Sabotage" contains more grit and guts than anything that either Ayer or Arnold has ever done. When you see the R-rating that "Sabotage" earned from the MPAA, you should prepare yourself for the worst. One of the more ghoulish scenes has our DEA honcho Arnold Schwarzenegger entering a darkened room with a female Atlanta detective Olivia Williams as they search for one of Arnold's team. The detective slips on something slimy and finds herself immersed in a pool of blood and guts. When Arnold shines his flashlight at the ceiling, he spots one of his own nailed to the ceiling with his intestines dangling from his eviscerated belly like the tentacles of an octopus. If such sights make you empty the contents of your stomach, "Sabotage" is not for you.John 'Breacher' Wharton Arnold Schwarzeggner commands an elite team of undercover Drug Enforcement Agency agents who have tangled with the worst that the Mexican cartels have to offer. This team consists of James 'Monster' Murray Sam Worthington of "Avatar" , his wife Lizzy Murray Mireille Enos of "Gangster Squad" , Joe 'Grinder' Phillips Joe Manganiello of "Spider-Man" , Eddie 'Neck' Jordan Josh Holloway of TV's "Lost" , Julius 'Sugar' Edmonds Terrence Howard of "Iron Man" , Tom 'Pyro' Roberts Max Martini of "Pacific Rim" , Bryce 'Tripod' McNeely Kevin Vance of "End of Watch" , and 'Smoke' Jennings newcomer Mark Schlegel . These guys and a girl look like they belong in the "Sons of Anarchy" biker gang. They wear multi-tattoos, dress like vagabonds, tote an arsenal of bullets and weapons, and behave like criminals. Unlike most of his team, Breacher is clean-shaven with closely cropped hair and prefers to puff on stogies. The first time that we see these ruffians of justice they blast their way into a cartel safe house, kill several heavily armed gunmen, and then loot the place of $10-million. What they don't take, they blow up. One of them dies during the frantic shoot-out. They attach packets of money to a line and run it through a toilet. Later, when they trudge through the sewer to retrieve the loot, they are shocked to learn that the money has been stolen from them. Predictably, Breacher's bosses at the DEA are upset and they launch an investigation. Our heroes are suspended and the DEA relieves them of their badges and firearms. Eventually, Washington relents when the investigators cannot find a shred of evidence to indict either Breacher or his men or corruption. No sooner have our heroes reassembled than one after another are mysteriously killed. Initially, Breacher and his men believe that the cartels have decided to take them out one at a time, but later they decide that one of their own may be stalking and killing them. Meantime, veteran Atlanta Homicide detective known only as Caroline Olivia Williams of "Rushmore" and her partner Jackson Harold Perrineau of TV's "Lost" are assigned to investigate the deaths of Breacher's men. Caroline and Jackson find themselves in over their heads in a case that is as bloody as it is baffling."Sabotage" boasts several extremely violent shootouts, a careening car chase through downtown Atlanta, and some grisly murders. Scenarist Skip Woods, who wrote "The A-Team," "A Good Day to Die Hard," and "Swordfish," doesn't pull any punches with Ayer. Just when you think that you have the mystery solved, they whip out a surprise or two that will have you scratching your head in perplexity. Sometimes, they even toss in ideas that might make us think twice about homicide. The villains in "Sabotage" rely on chicken wire to submerge the corpses of their victims so that the bloated bodies cannot rise to the surface of a lake and alert authorities. Relentlessly grim from start to finish, this cops & drug dealers drama swerves drastically during its final quarter-hour with an eye-opening finale in Mexico. Arnold Schwarzeggner is just as rugged as ever, but he doesn't do anything that a lesser mortal couldn't do and he doesn't utter any cheesy but memorable one-liners. The character that he plays suffers from a terrible secret that we gradually learn about throughout the film's lean 109 minutes. The revelation of "Sabotage" is actress Mireille Enos. Enos delivers an impressive performance as a drug addicted DEA agent. She doesn't take any abuse from anybody, and she is incredibly agile when she is battling the good guys and the bad guys. Like her co-star Olivia Williams, Enos is no ravishing beauty, but nevertheless a seriously talented actress. Director David Ayers keeps the action moving without any lulls and occasionally fakes us out with some interesting juxtapositions during certain scenes that enhances the tension and suspense. Although he doesn't adopt a first-person approach with a selfie video camera like he did in "End of Watch," Ayer has the action lensed in such as way that you feel like everything is spontaneous. Interestingly enough, "Sabotage" was filmed on location in Atlanta.
Delivers as an Action/Crime Thriller with one of Arnold's Best Performances To Date! (by Rebel_With_A_Cause_94)
Don't listen to the critics! Go see this movie if you are an Arnold fan! Unlike The Last Stand and Bullet to the Head, this is a straight up dark gritty crime thriller with some great action sequences. While most of the team was unlikable, all of the cast gave good performances aside from Olivia Williams who's accent was pretty bad. The story was good and had enough twist and turns to keep me on the edge of my seat for the majority of the film. The action scenes were fantastic and the violence was incredibly brutal and gory! This is one of the most violent mainstream movies I've <more>
seen in a long time! Trust me when I say this movie earned it's R rating! I loved how David Ayer managed to combine the genres of action, crime drama, and western elements together while keeping the tone ultra dark and gritty. Arnolds performance here is also one of the best of his career in my opinion. If I had any complaints it's that it is true the characters are very unlikeable and while they are suppose to be, you do get tired of their crudeness pretty fast.Very good movie and defiantly worth seeing on the big screen! Don't listen to the critics! If you are a fan of action/crime movies you will enjoy this!
Look At You with Your 48 Percent Body Fat (by CowherPowerForever)
This is not your typical Arnold Schwarzenegger film that most of us are use to from the 80s and even the 90s. Instead we get a film that relies mostly its its good story with very good action scenes here and there. Some may be disappointed by this as we are all use to those amazing summer blockbusters that Arnold was in in the past. Arnold is not getting any younger. I know this and we all should know it. However this film is a very fun film to see at the theaters.The story in my opinion is very strong. With twist and turns throughout the film it will leave you guessing. Written by Skip Woods <more>
who is known for his intense action films deliveries another solid outing with his script. While weak at times I felt it flowed nicely throughout the course of this nearly two hour long film. Also written by David Ayer, who directs the film as well, is hot off of his popular, and very good mind you, End of Watch. You can tell the deeper parts of the story was crafted by Ayer while Woods set up the amazing action scenes.As I just mention David Ayer directs the film in addition to writing the film. Ayers handles the film amazingly. While this film is not wall to wall with action scenes when the action hits the screen you can tell Ayer had great command of the action in front of him. The action is bloody, and that is putting it lightly. This is a rated R film, and this genre as of late has been forced feed watered down PG-13 action films. Thankfully Ayer does away with that in this film.Acting is top of the line. Schwarzenegger pulls off another great film in terms of his acting. You can feel the pain he is going through throughout the film. Other members of the cast such as Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Terrence Howard, Max Martini, Mireille Enos, and Olivia Williams round out a very amazing cast of actors in the film. They gel perfectly throughout the film, and when the plot curve balls come they are believable.Overall while its not your old school Arnold Schwarzenegger film, it sure provides a deep story, with amazing acting, and while few action scenes, the action we see is done amazingly. Fans of the action genre who like to see real R rated action will likely enjoy this film. Others may be turned off since its not your average 80s or 90s Arnold film. To you I would say wait for rental. For people who hold opinions I do this is a must see right away. As always Arnold throws out some amazing one liners, so keep a look out for them.
This movie blew my mind. It was way better than I expected. After seeing Arnold in The last stand where he played a more mellow character this was his bad ass role. This movie even begins with an adrenaline rush of intense DEA raid scenes and quickly shows you this team's character as they are not the most honest DEA agents. You quickly fall into the team's world which is more party oriented and drug driven than you'd expect for cops. After a heist from the cartel fails the team is under suspicion and left wondering where the money went. Meanwhile Arnold's character deals with <more>
the loss of his wife and son.As the movie progresses members of the team are being executed in sometimes horrible and gory ways. The team begins to think the cartel is killing them off but as Arnold's character befriends a female detective and the two investigate deeper they both come to realize it's much worse. I love the twists and the intensity of this movie was at times unpredictable. I will say I'm a bit confused on a couple of parts but this movie is definitely worth a sit down. Good cast, interesting story, great action. See Sabotage.