Warning: ftp_nlist() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 420

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_nlist() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 420

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_nlist() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 420

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_nlist() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 420

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_nlist() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 420

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_nlist() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 420

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_nlist() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 420

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_nlist() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 420

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_nlist() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 420

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_nlist() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 420

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_nlist() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 420

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_nlist() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 420

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_nlist() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 420

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_nlist() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 420

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_nlist() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 420

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_nlist() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 420

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_nlist() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 420

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_nlist() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 420

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230

Warning: ftp_pwd() expects parameter 1 to be resource, null given in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-ftpext.php on line 230
Bill O’Byrne’s Bargain Bin Blues: Sabotage | ScreenScribe

Bill O’Byrne’s Bargain Bin Blues: Sabotage

Sabotage | Value for money: $$$

  • Directed by David Ayer.
  • Written by Skip Woods.
  • Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams.

PHIL vs BILL The latest Arnold Schwarzenegger flop to go directly to disc is more violent and less fun than either The Last Stand or Escape Plan. He plays a drug enforcement agent whose crack team is suspected of stealing $10 million in a raid on a drug cartel den. But just when he and his squad have been cleared of an inside job, a mysterious assassin starts picking them off one by one. Despite the directorial heft of co-writer David Ayer (Harsh Times, End of Watch), this would be a routine action-conspiracy scenario if not for its unusually brutal and bloody execution. The undistinguished extras include an alternate ending, deleted scenes and making-of short while the Blu-ray transfer doesn’t unduly suffer from being 1080i rather than 1080p. -- Phil Wakefield.

PHIL vs BILL
The latest Arnold Schwarzenegger flop to go directly to disc is more violent and less fun than either The Last Stand or Escape Plan. He plays a drug enforcement agent whose crack team is suspected of stealing $10 million in a raid on a drug cartel den. But just when he and his squad have been cleared of an inside job, a mysterious assassin starts picking them off one by one. Despite the directorial heft of co-writer David Ayer (FuryHarsh Times, End of Watch), this would be a routine action-conspiracy scenario if not for its unusually brutal and bloody execution. The undistinguished extras include an alternate ending, deleted scenes and making-of short while the Blu-ray transfer doesn’t unduly suffer from being 1080i rather than 1080p. — Phil Wakefield.

Sabotage is when Arnold finally goes all dark. And grizzled. You have to say grizzled with this because he has grey stubble. And he looks worn out and mean.

Still, you don’t get to be one of the greatest actors of your generation without some acting chops. Plus his character has just been watching video of his wife being tortured and cut into bits by a Mexican drug cartel. He has a right to look peeved.

In Sabotage he leads a bunch of undercover Federal agents who start things rolling with a relatively murderous assault on the cartel’s lavish safe house in Atlanta. They kill a looooot of people, and then they skim off $10m from a big pile ‘o cash, pop it into the sewage system and then destroy the rest to cover their tracks. Alas, when they go to retrieve the loot, it has been stolen. For some reason this really angers them.

They all get stood down as there is an investigation into the whole thing. Not so much into the vast amount of carnage they wreaked, more the fact that they probably pinched some money. And then members of the team start being killed. Is it an elite Guatemalan special forces squad? (Apparently they have them.) Or is it one of the team? Or is it the drug cartel who were peeved at the carnage AND the loss of all their money.

Olivia Williams is a cop who is trying to solve the murder of Arnie’s team members and gets romantically linked to Arnie. (All right, his character’s name is Bleacher, but who the hell remembers his characters’ names?)

There are twists, murders, shootouts, fart jokes, some boobies, more killings, some great stunt work and more artificial blood than some smaller countries manufacture in a whole year. (Probably more than Guatemala, but most likely less than Belgium).

Arnie. Being all dark and nasty.

Arnie. Being all dark and nasty.

Is it a good film? Yep.

Critical objections to it tend to focus on the violence, the gore, and the Guatemalan quantities of fake blood. But it’s not as graphic as, say, Saving Private Ryan, and as blood does make its presence felt when big knives get plunged into bodies, I’d say it has a reasonable plot presence.

The problem with the film is one of expectation.

Arnie’s team is, from the start, crooked. Sure, they put their lives on the line to stop crime for a yearly salary so no doubt are tempted to steal from drug cartels, but that’s the name of the game, kids.

Then, they turn out to be a bunch of drunken, obnoxious dickheads. Fr’instance, they punch out the security guy at a nudie bar because he tried to stop them behaving like drunken obnoxious dickheads.

Sam Worthington and Mireille Enos are part of Arnie’s Team of hard-arsed douchebags in Sabotage.

Sam Worthington and Mireille Enos are part of Arnie’s Team of hard-arsed douchebags in Sabotage.

But this is kind of the point of this movie. The actual team have been corrupted by the drugs, the violence, their blind devotion to Arnie. They have become those who they seek to destroy. (I think that was Nietzsche, or someone off Shortland Street last week.)

The only worthy characters are Olivia Williams and her cop partner as they try and track down the killer(s).

Arnie’s character remains a puzzlement. Is he bad, or good, working to save his team or doing something most awful.

This is where the Blu-ray extras really matter. (Warning: Plot thingies here!!) The alternate endings and deleted scenes show the original version of Bleacher being a monster who has lost all his moral marbles. It was probably weeping by true Arnie fans during test screenings which saw a change of direction.)

It’s well made, smart and tough minded. Very few people make it out alive. (If you include the extras footage as canonical to the Sabotage universe, then NOBODY gets out.)

Even innocent bystanders cop it in this. Usually there can be a car chase and they swerve all around the mundanes. Not in this. A poor cyclist cops it a beauty.

Bonus treat: If you haven’t heard the Flop House Movies guys dissect bad movies, and you’re a Die Hard fan, listen to this as they deal to A Good Day to Die Hard. (Written by Sabotage’s Woods, for a reason for this segue.) They make the same point about running amok in Moscow with no moral or traffic ticket consequences. It’s pretty funny: http://www.flophousepodcast.com/2013/06/episode-129-a-good-day-to-die-hard/

Bill O’Byrne is a failed practitioner in the art of making movies. He has an imaginary Masters degree in being able to sit goggle-eyed and stare at TVs for hours on end. He is previously the official astrologer for the New Zealand Army and once made a complete cock of himself in front of Douglas Adams in Palmerston North. He has assorted nonsense here: kiwispacepatrol.wordpress.com.
Twitter Digg Delicious Stumbleupon Technorati Facebook Email

No comments yet... Be the first to leave a reply!

Leave a Reply