‘Sabotage’ Red Band Trailer: Arnold Is In Over His Head

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 8th, 2014 at 12:05 am,

If the red band and NSFW trailer for David Ayer’s new film, simply titled Sabotage, indicates anything, it’s that Arnold Schwarzenegger is through with winking and nudging; unlike recent efforts ranging from 2013’s excellent The Last Stand to the far more middling The Expendables films, this new DEA action thriller puts him firmly in po-faced, no-nonsense mode. Apart from a couple off-hand wisecracks in the clip, seen above, the film shows Arnold getting rather dramatic while keeping him rooted within his comfort zone as an actor. Arnold, after all, just isn’t Arnold if he’s not packing heat.

And judging by the preview, he’ll need it if he’s going to make it out the other end of Ayers’ latest foray into gritty, faux-realist crime stories. Sabotage details the exploits of disciplined, hard-nosed DEA agent John “Breacher” Wharton (Schwarzenegger) and his elite unit of drug busting super cops. The team scores a serious coup by taking down a notorious, big-time cartel leader, but when millions of dollars recovered in the mission go missing, someone takes it upon themselves to start gruesomely bumping off Wharton’s people.

Finding out who, naturally, drives the film’s entire plot. Reportedly, Ayer has called upon the work of crime author and master of suspense Agatha Christie (specifically her novel And Then There Were None) for inspiration, so for as graphic and bloody as Sabotage appears to be, the movie’s most important element is that overarching sense of mystery. At a glance, it looks like a classic whodunit shell peppered with micro-explosions of brutal violence; there are almost as many precise, shocking head-shots here as lines of actual dialogue.

The search for the truth behind the murders and the theft of the cartel’s cash and those blood-splattered moments of gunplay intermingle with one of Ayer’s other favored interests: the bonds formed in the line of duty. As with his last film, 2012’s solid police procedural End of Watch, Sabotage seems to concern itself greatly with the ways in which its characters all relate to each other. Following with one of the more popular tropes of cop drama fare, Wharton and his team are like a big, badass family.

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Ayer did a great job exploring that kind of relationship with End of Watch, whose two protagonists (Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña) read as brothers instead of just co-workers. Sabotage boasts a strong line-up of actors to stand beside Schwarzenegger here, from World War Z‘s and The Killing‘s Mireille Enos to Prisoners‘ Terrence Howard; it stands to reason that he should be able to foster a similar dynamic here.

We’ll see for sure at the end of March, when Sabotage enjoys its theatrical release. If Ayer can deliver the goods with his action sequences, and if his cast makes good on their potential, then this should be a pretty nice ride.


Sabotage arrives in theaters on March 28th, 2014.

Source: IGN

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  1. This looks good.

    Funny how all the other actors except Arnold and Howard look markedly different. Arnold should have went bald for this one.

  2. This actually looks pretty cool. Sam Worthington was hard to recognize at first.

  3. This should have been Arnold’s comeback film, in preparation for his next movie…Legend of Conan. Everything else thereafter.

  4. No interest in this, altho possibly watchable. Other things piled up I’d rather watch. Certainly not a priority for me. Maybe eventually on Netflix?

    • @Goldilocks Nobody cares

      • +1

  5. Looks good. First Ahnuld movie I’m actually interested in since his comeback. Tired of his winking/inside

  6. This really looks good. I would pay to see this film. It has true grit.

  7. Sam Worthington actually looks pretty wicked in this movie…

  8. Whoooo hoooo,,,this loooks soooo bad asss…!!!

  9. this comes out same time as the raid 2… sorry arnie but your ‘comeback’ isn’t enough to draw me away from almost 3 hours of well choreographed and excessively brutal martial arts 😀

    i wouldn’t actually mind watching this (after the raid 2 of course) if there was either no CG blood or it wasn’t dead obvious that they used CG blood =.=

  10. Reshaping your career huh Arnold? that´s nice.

  11. Welcome back Arnold. Big fan of his so yeah, I’m gonna be there.

    • Wow, Dazz. We both dislike Seth Rogen and like Arnold. Plus, neither one of us cares for most of Kevin Smith’s projects. I’m going to endeavor to focus on our commonalities, rather than our differences…but I may still call you out from time to time. :)

  12. I didn’t even recognize Sam Worthington in this. Looks like something I might be interested in.

    • I did recognize Sam, but was totally surprised to see the name Halloway. He had a great scene in MI4, and he’s got a new show, but I didn’t see him here.

      • Josh Holloway is there, he’s the blond with the big moustache.

    • @Kahless

      Me too, it’s such a departure from how I recognize him, yet it seems to work, and that crazy sinister smirk he does in one scene in the trailer seems to fit with this new look too, lol.

  13. What? No vegetarian line? No thanks!

  14. Hmmmm… I may give this one a see… the last few Arnold movies were not that great. I was desperately hoping to see a Commando or Total Recall type return for him.

  15. Ok so in what way is Arnold “in over his head?” I don’t understand the meaning behind the title of this article.

  16. The Governator is back !

    Quick, get to the chopper !

  17. Call me when they recast Arnold.

  18. The more I think about this, isn’t this like The Expendables: The Next Generation?

  19. It is interesting that last week the State of Pennsylvania condemned Arnold’s yearly festival in Columbus because it s lack of drug testing for steroids…this is serious because of the high death rate in the strongman competitions (World’s Strongest Man was also condemned) – it does seem really awkward that a Commonwealth would condemn Arnold on the eve of his latest film where is playing a drug enforcement agent. Arnold is the world’s most famous illegal drug (steroid) user.