Arnold Schwarzenegger can’t catch a break. He’s looking good, and he’s delivering nice “Arnie” performances—in films with scripts that make Commando look like Citizen Kane.
In Sabotage, he plays a drug-enforcement agent who, along with his team of ragtag miscreants, tries to steal money from a drug cartel. When the money gets stolen, each of them starts to get picked off, one by one, in increasingly grisly fashion.
The film suffers from poor casting. Olivia Williams, who is British, cannot sell an American accent, even when she’s chewing gum. Mireille Enos is unintentionally hilarious as an undercover DEA agent who can’t shake the drugs off the job. Sam Worthington, Josh Holloway and Terrence Howard all put on their tough faces, replete with heavy sneering and scowling. In the end, you get a bunch of characters you could care less about in a movie with a plot that is far too convoluted.
Arnie soldiers through for director David Ayer, who did the very-good End of Watch—but can’t ride the wave of goodwill that film created into this one. It’s sloppy, clichéd and not worth your time.
Sabotage is playing at theaters across the valley.