‘Sabotage’ Trailer: Schwarzenegger Battles Corrupt DEA Agents & Drug Cartels

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 17th, 2014 at 11:25 pm,

Since his return to acting, Arnold Schwarzenegger has spent his time either riffing on his action star image and/or winking at the audience in 1980s throwback fare like The Expendables 2 and Escape Plan, along with the genre-blending The Last Stand. However, in the upcoming thriller Sabotage (formerly, Ten), Arnold will be dropping the self-deprecating act and getting serious, by transforming himself into crusty DEA elite task force leader John ‘Breacher’ Wharton

Wharton, with his rugged squad of guns-blazing agents (and armed with an unflattering haircut), scores a major victory, by taking down a powerful Mexican drug cartel and stealing millions of dollars from the organization. However, when $10 million of the stash goes missing, Breacher and his crew immediately fall under suspicion. Even worse, someone begins to hunt down and kill each member of his task force, one by one – but is it a Cartel employee? Or could it be one of the people within Breacher’s tight-knit “family”?

The Sabotage trailer packs a fair amount of drug house busting, gunfire, brutal violence and penis jokes together into two and a half minutes. In addition, it shows that some of Arnold’s costars – like Sam Worthington (Avatar), Terrence Howard (Prisoners), Josh Holloway (Battle of the Year), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Mireille Enos (World War Z) and Harold Perrineau (The Best Man Holiday) - have also undergone physical appearance transformations of their own.

Meanwhile, Olivia Williams (Anna Karenina) shows up to add some class to the rough proceedings, as she portrays an investigator trying to figure out who’s knocking Arnold’s team off.

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Sabotage was co-written and directed by David Ayer (Street Kings, End of Watch), who brings his years of experience making gritty crime procedurals and police dramas to the project. Clearly, this action film is far more grounded and raw than your average Schwarzenegger macho-fest (read: no cheesy one-liners), with Ayer having told MTV last year that “[Arnold's] playing a real guy, a real guy in the real world. [Quips are] not how I roll.”

That’s all good and dandy, but Sabotage – partially inspired by the classic Agatha Christie murder mystery And Then There Were None – was also written by Skip Woods, whose resume includes winners like Swordfish, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and most recently, A Good Day to Die Hard. Woods’ scripts, at the best, tend to be passable cornball thrillers; at worst, borderline incoherent and vapid action movies that play out as unintentional self-parody.

Ayer, as mentioned before, did enough work on Woods’ original script draft to earn a co-writing credit, but will that be enough to save Sabotage from mediocrity? Possibly, but this is one of two 2014 releases from Ayer, with the other being the WWII thriller Fury, starring Brad Pitt – and judging by the early signs (see: Ayer is the sole writer and director on Fury), it may be the latter that he’s poured most of his passion into making.


Sabotage opens in U.S. theaters on April 11th, 2014.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

‘Sabotage’ image via USA Today

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  1. Nice!
    Heres hoping aussie distributors decide to show this in cinemas, unlike Escape Plan.

    • +1

  2. I would be more excited if this was the ‘one for me’ Ayer. His track record suggests not though:

    ‘Training Day’ (‘them’). Followed by ‘Harsh Times’ (‘me’). Then ‘Street Kings’ (‘god only knows who’) and finally ‘End of Watch’ (‘me’).

    Still, he is putting a writing hand into this one, something that was missing from the ‘Street Kings’. Although he has also written ‘S.W.A.T’…

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

  3. looks awesome but Arnold is completely miscasted.

    • Arnold looks bad ass but his accent (although improved) is distracting and I’m not over hyping this movie because skip wood co-wrote it and he is a horrendous screenwriter.

      • Woods didn’t co-write it; Ayer drastically rewrote Woods’ original script.

  4. looks good ill go see it

  5. Looks fun.

  6. “Olivia Williams shows up to add some class…”
    Her accent is the worst part of the entire trailer and that’s taking her hairdo into account.

    Not a fan of Joe Manganiello but I have to say, the dude’s massive! Didn’t realize it until I saw him beside Arnold. Didn’t even recognize Worthington … and had forgotten about him until this. Looks like a solid action flick. A definite rental, if only because of the ensemble.

  7. Mireille Enos looks good in this…Sam Worthington i noticed has the same scream when he’s mad or attacking someone in every movie i see him in, it’s like an extension of the bust(scam) in Training day

  8. Man, I can’t wait for this. I love how Arnold is branching out. The Last Stand was comeback self parody, Escape Plan was a prison thriller, and this looks like a gritty dirty cop on the streets movie. Also more people need to see Escape Plan, I was pleasantly surprised how different it was from a classic Arnold movie. It also made over 100 mill. so Arnold can still bring in the big bucks.

  9. Arnold the best i know he is not the greatest actor but he was/is a huge inspiration for me. Plus his flicks are always entertaining

  10. A Gung-ho ! to the Legend Mr Schwarzenegar and an exciting nu team of talented artists seems to be a good one as was ESCAPE PLAN. A mix of the experienced and the best talents figure 2gether in SABOTAGE…iT DEFINITELY LOOKS BADASS AND SUPERGOOD…Am eagerly lookin forward, Truly got to admire these legendary artists of the likes of Mr. Stallone,Schwarzeneger,Van Damme and those who set the box office on fire during the 85′s-2005′s.Tremendous and ever inspiring these Gentlemen are …

  11. This looks like End of watch,just in bigger scale.
    Though I’ll definitely watch cause I enjoyed every Ayer movie.

  12. Looks like Arnold’s most interesting movie since his return.

    I’m really waiting for Legend of Conan, though.

  13. I will watch any Arnold movie. Even the s***** ones. This one looks alright tho. Arnold fan for life!

  14. Looks good and unlike Fury, seems to have less controversy surrounding it (Pitt had to apologise when they filmed with a German tank in an English town on Rememberance Sunday a few weeks back).

    I’d watch it, just wish it came out sooner because there’s a drought until Godzilla in March and I would’ve liked to see a movie I’d enjoy before then.