Sabotage (2014)

logoDirector: David Ayer

Writer: Skip Woods, David Ayer (Screenplay)

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Terrance Howard, Max Martini, Kevin Vance, Mark Schlegel, Mireille Enos, Maurice Compte, Martin Donovan

 

Plot: Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.

 

Verdict: Disappointing Action Thriller

 

Story: We see how an elite DEA team find themselves disgraced by the government after $10 million dollars goes missing during a bust. The team gets put back together but the members start getting picked off. With the money still missing we have a FBI agent trying to figure out who is the person targeting them. We see the team not supporting her help and Breacher trying to keep them in line. We see how the team tries to uncover the truth and battles to stay alive, the truth could end up being closer than anyone imagined. This tries to be too smart in the end throwing in twist after twist that makes the last one come over as pointless. It really changes film type with the last twenty minutes and it’s the only twist you didn’t really see coming. It is not the best and the over the top macho performances from the supporting team don’t help in the end the film disappoints. (5/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Breacher leader of the unit and the one who gets focused on the most. He keeps the team in order when they just want to cause chaos. He works with Caroline to uncover the truth but he is also keeping a few secrets about himself. This is not his best performance by any stretch but it is darker than normal, no funny one liner to ease the action. (6/10)

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Sam Worthington: Monster seemingly the loose cannon of the unit who will go over the line when dealing with the bad guys. Sam became unrecognizable for this role but I am not sure why, he didn’t need too. (5/10)

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Joe Manganiello: Grinder the hyper macho member of the unit who uses his imposing presences to try and make himself the most important person in the room. I think he is meant to be the actually big softy of the group but due to lack of development in the supporting characters we don’t see this. Does ok with what he is meant to be doing. (6/10)

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Terrance Howard: Sugar member of the unit but I am not sure what he was meant to be doing most of the time. Not his fault they wasted his talent. (3/10)

 

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Mireille Enos: Lizzy undercover member of the unit who now has a drug problem make her a very loose cannon. Yet again it was a talented actress in a role that needed more development. (4/10)

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Olivia Williams: Caroline teaming up with Breacher to uncover what is going on, trusts him but not a single member of the unit. Somehow she becomes a better cop in combat than the rest of the unit. Does a good job with what she has to work with. (6/10)

 

Director Review: David Ayer – I read that the production company wanted more action so I will not criticise the director as much because his bigger picture might have been better. (6/10)

 

Action: Plenty of graphic action violence throughout. (9/10)

Thriller: You do want to know who is behind it all but they never give you enough reason to suspect anyone. (7/10)

Settings: The settings are barely used to create anything extra. (2/10)
Special Effects
: To make the gun shots look so real I will give this the credit it is due. (8/10)

Suggestion: I think only action fans will like this at all but I don’t think all of them will enjoy as much as they could have. (Action Fans Try)

 

Best Part: I only liked the final twist.

Worst Part: The early attempts at twists.

Action Scene Of The Film: Street chase.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $18 Million

Budget: $35 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

Tagline: Leave no loose ends.

 

Overall: Lack of character development ruins what could have been a good thriller.

Rating55

 

Trailer Alert – Effie Gray

A look at the mysterious relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin and his teenage bride Effie Gray.

Release Date:  10th October 2014

Questions:

Interesting looking period drama, do it look interesting enough for you to try?

A lot of talk about Emma Thompson getting a Oscar nod, do you think this could be her third?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 50%
Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Star Focus – Tom Hardy

hardyTom Hardy

Age: 37

Number of Roles: 45

Biggest Films: The Dark Knight Rises

Awards:

  • BAFTA Rising Star Award (2011)
  • British Independent Film Awards – Best Actor – Bronson (2009)
  • Scream Awards Breakout Award – Inception (2010)
Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers

Debut Role: (TV) Band of Brothers (2001)

Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down

(Film) Black Hawk Down (2001)

Early Career: Following on from two big debut roles came another war based film ‘Simon An English Legionnaire’. Soon after came what could have been his big break in ‘Star Trek: Nemesis’. Unfortunately the film was received very badly. After this Tom returned to take part in more British films ‘The Reckoning’ ‘Dot the I’ LD 50 Lethal Dose’ and ‘EMR’.

Star Trek: Nemesis

Star Trek: Nemesis

Television Roles:

  • Band of Brothers (2001) 2 Episodes
  • The Virgin Queen (2006) 4 Episodes
  • Cape Wrath (2007) 6 Episodes
  • Oliver Twist (2007) 5 Episodes
  • The Take (2009) 4 Episodes
Bronson

Bronson

Career: In 2004 Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Layer Cake’ offer Hardy a chance to get noticed again. His career didn’t start going to the levels it could have and taking part in Sci-fi Channel film ‘Minotaur’ didn’t help things along. Tom considered to make unsuccessful films until 2008 where he got a supporting role in Guy Ritchie’s ‘RocknRolla’ before getting the role that most people consider his best to date ‘Bronson’. This performance opened doors that have put Tom where he is today.

 

 

Break Out Role: Eames – Inception (2010)

'You need to learn to dream a little bigger darling' Inception

‘You need to learn to dream a little bigger darling’ Inception

2010 Onwards: After Inception Tom has gone from hit to hit with ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ ‘Warrior’, ‘This Means War’, ‘Lawless’ and mega completion of the Dark Knight saga playing Bane in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. Keeping his routes he did take part in small budget film ‘Locke’.bane

Next Big Roles: ‘The Drop’, ‘Child 44’, ‘London Road’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, ‘Legend’, and ‘The Revenant’.

Mad Max

Mad Max

My Favourite Role: Warriorwarrior

My Least Favourite Role: Flood

inheritanceFilms I Want to See That I Haven’t Seen:deserter

  • LD 50 Lethal Dose
  • Simon: An English Legionnaire
  • Minotaur
  • The Inheritance