Excerpt: Viewed as serious drama, Sabotage disappoints. Look beyond the predictable dialogue and improbable story line, however, and you’re treated to a fast-paced action thriller lavish with gushing blood, horrific violence, and amazing special effects. Image quality is stunning. Facial details and textures of camouflage fabrics are resolved with razor-sharp accuracy. Fleshtones are highly realistic, and colors pop with deftly balanced saturation.
Excerpt: Following the capable End of Watch , inconsistent writer/director David Ayer sinks into Sabotage , amongst Arnold Schwarzenegger’s worst and Ayer’s career low. With eight obnoxiously gruff DEA agents in tow, Sabotage’s script is unfit for weekly televised crime drama, let alone the limp $35 million Universal stuffed into it. Sabotage piles bodies on screen, from those plunked into the river for a week to those nailed to the ceiling – and gutted.
Excerpt: You might’ve seen the previews for Sabotage , and written it off as another mindless action vehicle headlined by Arnold Schwarzenegger (in his endless attempt to revive the action genre). Truth be told, that assumption isn’t entirely unfair, however, there’s much more going on here than you might initially suspect.
Conclusion: Although the box office hasn't reflected it, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been involved in some pretty interesting and entertaining projects since he returned to acting after ending his political career. 'Sabotage' might be his most noteworthy role since that return, even though it died a pretty quick death at the box office.
Conclusion: Of all the Arnold movies out there, Sabotage probably features one of the lowest replay values in terms of sheer entertainment content. There aren't really any good one-liners, the action is crisply delivered but ultimately rather routine, and it's one of those movies that, once the secret's out of the bag, there's not much reason to go back to it multiple times, save for a second watch to look for any clues that may have been missed the first time around.
Excerpt: "Sabotage" is dumb. Relentlessly, intentionally dumb, sketching its cast of the pride of DEA special forces with the subtlety of the WWE. A terrible piece of adolescent action bait, its relentless stupidity is a drain on the skills of everyone involved with it. And yes, I include Schwarzenegger in that list.
Excerpt: In both the best and worst sense of the word, Sabotage might be the most Cro-Magnon movie ever released. The films stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as Breacher, the head of a DEA task force. His fellow grunts have names like Monster, Grinder, Neck and Pyro. It's a miracle that these characters have names, at all. They seem to communicate through grunts, groans and barely-coherent fart jokes.