Sabotage – also known as Ten or Breacher at different stages in development – stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as John ‘Breacher’ Wharton, the grey-speckled patriarch of an elite DEA squad whose latest success is the seizure of millions of dollars in funding from a wide-reaching Mexican drug cartel. The victory turns sour when $10 million of the stash goes missing and Wharton’s crew find themselves being hunted down and killed, one by one, leaving them all to wonder if the culprit might be one of their own.
The first Sabotage trailer lays out the plot without spoiling too much, and (fortunately) the second preview doesn’t probe the film’s central mystery any further. Instead, the new trailer features the same expository sequences, in addition to some additional footage that is set before drug enforcement agents start dropping like flies – prompting Arnold to declare a one-man war against drug cartels, corrupt officers and everything in between.
Sabotage director David Ayer has made it clear that his intention is to not deliver your typical Schwarzenegger machismo cheese-fest, and the trailer footage is (if nothing else) a testament to just that. The visual style/tone doesn’t go to the faux-documentary realism extreme of Ayer’s last film, End of Watch, but its toes are dipped much deeper in the naturalism pool than Arnold’s recent self-aware throwbacks. Plus, everyone in the cast has been ‘ugly-fied’, to further remove that sense of Hollywood glamor.
Cast in point, check out the Sabotage cast featured on the new poster (courtesy of IGN):
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Most of the Sabotage cast – Terrence Howard, Sam Worthington, Mireille Enos and Olivia Williams – remains perfectly recognizable, though less made-up and grubbier than is customary, while others (like True Blood and Magic Mike stud Joe Manganiello) have altered their appearance enough that you’d be forgiven for not recognizing them at first passing glance.
Funnily enough, the poster refers to Sabotage as being ‘from the writer of Training Day and the director of End of Watch‘ – in reality, they’re the same person (i.e. David Ayer). Furthermore, the movie’s original script draft was loosely inspired by Agatha Christie’s mystery novel And Then There Were None (a.k.a. Ten Little Indians), as penned by Skip Woods: the screenwriter whose (ahem) stellar output in the past has included Swordfish, Hitman and A Good Day to Die Hard.
Suffice it to say, for marketing purposes, there’s a good reason why Ayer (who rewrote Woods’ script) is emphasized as the bigger selling point, as far as who was involved behind the camera.
Sabotage opens in U.S. theaters on April 11th, 2014.