Friday, March 28, 2014
Let me begin by setting your expectations. This is not an Arnold Schwarzenegger film. It's a David Ayer film that happens to feature Schwarzenegger. And by that I mean, don't expect camp, mindless action, or bloodless shoot 'em ups. Writer/Director Ayer ('Training Day', 'End of Watch') doesn't do camp, mindless action, or bloodless shoot 'em ups. He makes realistic, very intense, and in this case extremely bloody cop films that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
In this one, Schwarzenegger leads a group of undercover DEA agents who have infiltrated a drug cartel money stash with a plan to steal $10M of it before they had it over to the feds. But things don't go as planned and now they are under investigation by the cops and being hunted by the drug cartel. The plot sounds pretty generic, and the generic title doesn't help. (They should have gone with a more original title and left 'Sabotage' for the next Jason Statham mindless action and bloodless shoot 'em up.) But it's all about how you do it, and Ayer does it just right. Everyone plays their parts well and the film keeps you guessing throughout. I expect some will be turned off by the gore, and others will find it hackneyed, but for me it hit the spot during a quarter when few films have.
Who is this movie for? Fans of 'Training Day', 'Endless Watch' and those that prefer their cop films to be intense and bloody.