A flop on its release in 2014, the violent, eardrum-bashing heist thriller Sabotage was calculated by one industry journal to be the worst opening for an Arnold Schwarzenegger film for 30 years. But let’s look at the positives. It’s directed and co-written by David Ayer, who proved his visceral action licks with the tightly wound LAPD drama End of Watch and has since made the claustrophobic Second World War tank chamber piece Fury with Brad Pitt. As such, from the blood-sprayed opening raid on an Atlanta drug cartel hideout, it unfolds at a ferocious pace, with Arnie’s breeze-block acting as the team leader at least countered by better work around him from the likes of Mireille Enos (World War Z), Sam Worthington and Martin Donovan. Olivia Williams is totally miscast as a detective on the crooked DEA agents’ scent, but between shoot-outs you may hunger to find out how it all pans out in the end. Anyone still missing TV’s Lost will be glad to see Harold Perrineau and Josh Holloway among the cast.
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