The biggest problem with this movie is that it tries too hard to be something else that what it is. The movie changes so drastically in a short amount of time. There are far too many sub plots and hidden agendas for a movie that is predicated as an Action movie.
Sabotage is about a semi-corrupt DEA unit lead by Arnold Swartzenager. The movie stats off with Swartzenager’s unit taking down a major drug cartel. In the cartel’s home, they discover a huge stack of millions of dollars. The unit takes a share of the money for themselves every mission it seems. The problem is the cartel is part of a bigger group and wants revenge on Swartzenager’s unit. Members of the group start getting picked off one by one.
Seems like a good plot so far, right? Then the problems start coming up. We are shown far too much backstory with these characters. There is a “hidden mystery” going on with a member betraying their fellow comrades. There is an FBI investigation going on into the murders and the movie becomes a “whodunit” type of movie that is so out of place.
Swartzenager has his own storyline of revenge that comes out throughout the movie. Personal events that happened to his family months ago now becomes the main storyline at times and that’s all we talk about.
I didn’t go into this movie thinking it was going to be a 5/5. I pictured it to be a relatively average movie that would be entertaining at times. But there were too many other things going on that it was a very below average movie that was boring at times.
I give it a 2/5. There were a few good gun battles and the cast was great. The movie missed the mark and was too complicated towards the midway point. I think it was odd to see Swartzenager back in movies that try too hard to not be action flicks.
With the cast that was assembled and storyline in the beginning, this movie could’ve been Expendables-esk. Probably even better than the Expendables because the cast of characters we much better actors. Sam Worthington is a way better actor than Jason Statham. Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Josh Holloway (Lost) and Mireille Enos (The Killing) were on some of the top rated shows of their years.
Quite simply, they dropped the ball with this movie.