I have to admit it, Arnie‘s new movie, Sabotage, looks pretty good – if you like this sort of thing (and I must admit that I do).
The Guvenator has undoubtedly been convinced, probably with the able assistance of agents, handlers, etc., that since 61 year old Liam Neeson has been raking in the bucks (he’ll get $20 million for Taken 3, the movie he swore he wasn’t going to do) as a perfectly credible “middle-aged” ass-kicker for hire, why shouldn’t he do it. (Schwarzenegger is 66 and certainly doesn’t need the money – unless he lost everything in a real estate swindle. He’s one of the savviest business men in Hollywood.) If The Expendables franchise hasn’t yet convinced everyone that he’s still got the juice (Last Stand hinted at it, but it bordered on parody with it’s inside jokes like, “I’m too old for this shit” – first made popular by Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon 2, and didn’t get him all the way back.) Ahhnold‘s got his résumé on dvd and blu-ray. He might be carrying an AARP card as well as a SAG card now, but it’s enough to tell doubters he should be given a chance.
In “Sabotage”, Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done – until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously start to be eliminated. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect.
The first (long) red-band trailer would seem to give away a big part of the plot, but it’s fun to watch Arnie swagger around with his big gun:
The newest, also red-band, trailer would seem to go further to tell us what the movie is actually about, namely how far would you go for someone you cared about. It’s clearly designed to give us a better look, albeit between the bang bangs and the booms, at the supporting players.
Sabotage is written (with Skip Woods) and directed by David Ayer (End of Watch), and that terrific supporting cast includes: Mireille Enos, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Max (yes thanks, I’ll have another) Martini, Olivia Williams, Harold Perrineau, Josh Holloway, Martin Donovan…oh and that corn-rowed hulk is the Wolfman himself, Joe Manganiello. These things alone tell me that this movie is going to be a cut above Schwarzenegger’s usual ham-fisted action fare and will go a lot further to re-launch him as an action star for the new millennium. Again, JMHO. Feel free to tell me why I’m wrong in the comments below.
Sabotage opens in the US and Canada on March 28 (moved up from April 11) and in the UK on 7 May.