I Do Not Think It Means What David Ayer Thinks It Means: Sabotage (2014)

Quitting time Friday Guy asked me, “Got any plans this weekend?”

“I’m going to see Sabotage.”


“The new Schwarzenegger film.”

“What’s it about?” he asked with a wry smile.

“It’s the re-imagining of the Gandhi story, like the new Noah film. They sexed it up for the couch potatoes in Peoria.”

Of course, I was pulling Guy’s leg. Noah’s story oozes machismo and sex appeal, no zazz  necessary. Peoria standards be damned.

Strangely enough though Sabotage was not what I was expecting it to be either. Yeah, Schwarzenegger blows shit up, but the trailer is deliberately misleading. Exactly how so, I’ll leave it to you to discover. No spoilers.

What I will say is the fact that the story plays out differently than we’re set up to believe was a good move. I think most people will see the ending coming, I did. Yet, while it’s not The Usual Suspects, it does a decent job of misleading the audience, i.e. keeping things interesting for the 109 minute runtime.

Hmmm. Now that I think about it, Ayer tied the room together with a pretty rug and then yanked it out from underneath me. Maybe he does know what sabotage means after all. Well played, sir. Well played.

And speaking of play, at 67 Schwarzenegger is showing his age. Not just the grey hairs and wrinkly skin, but in the choice of movies. Like Sears, he’s more than power tools, there’s a softer side. I doubt he’ll transition into Oscar territory like Clint Eastwood, but Sabotage is a step above the corny one-liners from his heyday.

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