Sabotage

“Spend enough time on the job, the job bites back!” – John ‘Breacher’ Wharton (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

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Seconds into the opening credits, a petite elderly woman leaned over to her son and whispered, “He’s getting a little bit too old for this!” Those were my sentiments exactly when finding out that California’s former Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was in yet another movie.

If you saw the Terminator’s last performance in Escape Plan (2013), you might have lost all hope. But a quick redemption is in order with Open Road Films’ “Sabotage.” Schwarzenegger might be old, difficult to understand, and slightly delayed since his body building days, but he was tolerable in this movie.

As John ‘Breacher’ Wharton, the 66-year-old leads a highly-capable Drug Enforcement Agency special operative team into dangerous waters to capture drug cartel top officials. When an internal money laundering scheme backfires, it is up to Breacher to find the person who is responsible for killing his DEA team members one-by-one. The movie stars Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos, Terrence Howard, and Joe Manganiello.

The foul language was abundantly present in “Sabotage.” This special DEA team is filled with “f—“ word slinging tough guys (and a girl), not to mention the nasty, sexual references. Now, “Wolf of Wall Street” used the “f—“ word 506 times, and “Sabotage” is not that bad. But the movie also was not 3 hours long either. For 109 minutes, there is a lot of profanity to endure. And unlike other meticulous movie critics, I did not have the patience to count every swearing instance.

Writer and Director David Ayer brought some of his similar techniques for this film. The gruesomeness and vulgarity of the storyline are similar to the works of “Training Day” (2001) and End of Watch (2012). Ayer’s use of dark thematic scenes or boldness of capturing a city in its most popular element is what sets his movies apart from the rest. You immediately recognize the rural and urban grounds of Atlanta because Ayer uses those landmarks to encapsulate significant scenes.

Bad-boy Terrence Howard and sweetheart Harold Perrineau have officially participated in their third movie together. Other than “Sabotage,” the pair starred in the Best Man (1999) and the Best Man Holiday (2013) where they played best friends, Quentin and Julian. The actors were not on the same playing fields in this movie though. Howard plays “Sugar”, a hot headed undercover DEA agent, whereas his buddy, Perrineau, plays Atlanta homicide Investigator Jackson.

2.5 Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s career has come with a sense of maturity. Eventually he’ll have to stop physically fighting the bad guys and find some “Grumpy Old Men” roles. (Sylvester Stallone too) Taking the good with the bad, Arnold Schwarzenegger did not look as long winded as I thought he would.

In theaters March 28th!

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Since the former Governor of California left office, he’s gone straight back to his old roots…

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Open Road’s new film, Sabotage, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, is an action packed film about an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done – until, one-by-one, the team members mysteriously disappears. As the body count rises, everyone is a suspect.

In theaters on March 28, here’s your opportunity to see Sabotage sooner! The Movie Scene Queen is hosting a special, advance screening on Tuesday, March 25 @ 7:30 PM at the AMC Waterfront 22.

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2 Guns

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In this action-packed comedy, Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg star in “2 Guns.” Both leading secret operative lives, undercover DEA agent Bobby Trench (Washington) and Naval Petty Officer Marcus Stigman (Wahlberg) are on a quest to recover $43 million they initially stole from a Texas bank.

After getting involved with many different government departments and a big drug cartel, they both have to fight their way to freedom. Once real identities are revealed, Trench and Stigman realizes that it’s much easier to get their hands on the money if they just work together.

There are a lot of twists and turns as the pair bursts onto the scene with inappropriate jokes, slick guns tricks, and street knowledge to claim their innocence and livelihood. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg always play the same role. Similar to his roles in “Inside Man,” “The Bone Collector,” “Man on Fire” and “Out of Time,” Washington is the wise cop who saves the day with his charm, quick wit and tactical strategies, whereas, Wahlberg is the bad boy comparable to his previous roles in “Pain & Gain,” “Contraband” and “Four Brothers.” When you put the two of them together, it’s hard not to fall in love. Two beautiful men!

Robin Thicke’s gorgeous wife, Paula Patton, played DEA Trench’s broken hearted girlfriend, Deb. Also a DEA agent, Deb is mixed up in with some bad Navy men on a desperate attempt to get rich quick. Patton’s character looked dingy and strung out. I’m not quite sure if that’s the new sexy but she didn’t look like her ravishing self. If men don’t enjoy the nude scene with Paula Patton, then they’ll definitely enjoy the non-stop warfare and mayhem. And I can’t forget about the ladies, because Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg side by side as the attractive Ebony and Ivory is enough for any woman to be excited.

The movie questions the crookedness of government officials and law enforcement while also insinuating that in every government branch lays corrupt personnel with hidden agendas. Are the CIA and other US service organizations as unscrupulous as recent movie portrayals or is this all just make believe? I am not a paranoid left wing philosopher but you have to wonder if some US government officials are sleeping with the enemy.

3.5 Stars: In theatres Aug. 2, “2 Guns” makes this summer that much more enjoyable. Surely you can’t wait until it hits the Red Box, grab a friend and check it out!

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