Just when you thought Arnold Schwarzenegger may be getting his career back on track, BAM! We get this film. Sabotage follows the story of John Wharton (Arnold Schwarzenegger), leader of a DEA task force, along with his crew of drunken, violent and potty-mouthed (yes, I just wrote potty-mouthed) men and women. After failing to complete a drug bust, the crew are distraught and on the edge, not sure which one of them is an undercover baddie. It's a mess. That's my attempt at summarising the storyline for Sabotage, but I doubt I'm even close with all the sub-plots and backstories macausing this film to be a convoluted pile of garbage.
The only positive about this film is Arnold Schwarzenegger himself. He is the only thing this film has at redemption, but unfortunately the rest of it is so goddamn terrible that not even the governor can save it. While his performance is decent, I would argue the fact that it's his best post-retirement performance, as many have stated, but I may just be blinded by how absolutely unappealing this film is when compared to his previous 2 films, both of which I enjoyed a lot more. Other than Schwarzenegger, the cast fail. Despite giving good, or even great, performances in other films their's nobody here that gives a remotely good performance. They're all on auto-pilot. A dodgy auto-pilot at that. This may be because of the clumsy screenplay that they've got to work with, but nobody in this film seems to be trying. They're all having a bit of a laugh, not caring about what's going on, just watching the world go by.
The screenplay, co-written by Skip Woods and director David Ayer, is all sorts of terrible. I had mixed hopes when beginning this movie. It looked terrible and I'd heard so many bad things about it, but David Ayer has written some praised films in his time, such as End of Watch or Training Day. Granted, he's made a couple of dodgy ones too, but they're best left unmentioned. Skip Woods, however, doesn't have the best filmography out there. He's the one responsible for bringing us, not only what most consider the worst Die Hard film (A Good Day To Die Hard), but also what most consider the worst X-Men film (X-Men Origins: Wolverine). Somehow this film manages to be worse than both A Good Day to Die Hard and X-Men: Origins. The dialogue is unbelievably unrealistic, the characters two dimensional and the violence unnecessarily gruesome.
Jam packed with clichés and unoriginal moments, Sabotage manages to slot in as one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's worst movies. Wow, never thought I'd say that about Sabotage. Well, before I saw it that is. Arnie has made some big mistakes in his career, some that I'm not even willing to see just yet (but probably will eventually). Calling Sabotage one of his worst films is really saying something. The film is so campy, over long, slow and uninteresting. I am begging you to save yourself close to two hours of your time by going back and rewatching classic Schwarzenegger, such as Terminator, and not going to see this.
To sum up, Sabotage manages to slot in as one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's worst films with a clumsy screenplay that's all sorts of terrible, unnecessarily violent, unappealing performances, clichés, 2D characters and an overlong runtime.