Sabotage (2014 film)

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Sabotage (2014 film poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Ayer
Produced by
  • Bill Block
  • David Ayer
  • Ethan Smith
  • Paul Hanson
  • Palek Patel
Written by
Music by David Sardy
Cinematography Bruce McCleery
Edited by Dody Dorn
Distributed by Open Road Films
Release date(s)
  • March 19, 2014 (2014-03-19) (Los Angeles)
  • March 28, 2014 (2014-03-28) (United States)
Running time 109 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $35 million
Box office $18,376,443[2]

Sabotage is a 2014 American crime thriller film, directed by David Ayer, written by Skip Woods and Ayer and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.[3]


John "Breacher" Wharton (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is the leader of an elite team of DEA agents from the Special Ops Division, which includes James "Monster" Murray (Sam Worthington) and his wife Lizzy Murray (Mireille Enos), Joe "Grinder" Philips (Joe Manganiello), Julius "Sugar" Edmonds (Terrence Howard), Eddie "Neck" Jordan (Josh Holloway), Tom "Pyro" Roberts (Max Martini), Bryce "Tripod" McNeely (Kevin Vance), and "Smoke" Jennings (Mark Schlegel).

During a raid on a cartel warehouse, in which Smoke is killed, the team steals $10 million from the cartel's money, hides it in sewer pipes to collect later and split among themselves, and blows up the rest to cover their tracks. However, the money disappears, and their superior Floyd Demel (Martin Donovan) finds out about it and suspends them for several months, during which they are investigated for the theft. With no concrete evidence of their participation, Demel reinstates them. Later, Breacher finds out that Lizzy has become addicted to drugs and that her marriage with Monster is failing.

Pyro is killed when his trailer is rammed by a train, after someone drives it to the tracks while he's unconscious. Investigator Caroline Brentwood (Olivia Williams) and her partner Darius Jackson (Harold Perrineau) are assigned to the case and interrogate Pyro's teammates. Brentwood notes Neck is avoiding interrogation, and Breacher accompanies her to his house, where they find him nailed to the ceiling and disembowelled. Brentwood recognizes the execution as the modus operandi of the cartels, leading Breacher to assume the cartel is hunting them down over the stolen money.

Breacher and Brentwood visit Tripod, who left the DEA after being suspended, and find him dead after a shootout in which he killed an assailant whom Breacher identified as a cartel enforcer. Monster later visits Brentwood, who is suspicious of Breacher, and tells her that Breacher's family was kidnapped by the cartels, who videotaped their murders and later sent the tape to Breacher alongside the severed limbs of his wife and son. Breacher spent months searching for his family's killers before the team convinced him to move on. Brentwood apologizes to Breacher, and they end up having sex.

Jackson traces the dead enforcer's cellphone to a cartel safe-house, which is raided by Breacher and his team. However, the enforcers are not there. They are later found dead at the bottom of a river near Tripod's house, and Brentwood realizes that they were killed before Pyro and Neck, meaning someone is framing the cartels of targeting the team. Breacher reunites the team to tell them what happened, and Lizzy lashes out and reveals she's been having an affair with Sugar. Grinder later confesses to Brentwood that they stole the money. Breacher meets with Grinder to discuss what's next when Grinder is shot dead by Lizzy, who is behind the murders alongside Sugar. Lizzy then meets with Monster to discuss her escape. Monster destroys her passport and Lizzy slashes him with a knife, killing him.

Breacher and Brentwood go to Lizzy's house and find Monster stuffed in a refrigerator. Lizzy calls Breacher, pretending to be alone, and arranges a meeting at a parking garage. Breacher goes there with Brentwood and engages in a shootout with Lizzy and Sugar, who attempt to escape but following a car chase through the city's streets end up crashing into a truck, decapitating Sugar. Breacher and Brentwood confront a dying Lizzy, who accuses the team of stealing the money behind their backs, causing her to swear revenge. Brentwood is puzzled, assuming Lizzy had stolen the money. Breacher tells the dying Lizzy that he took the money. Lizzy tries to reach for her weapon and Breacher kills her. Breacher tells Brentwood to be "a good girl and walk away." The local cops arrive and Breacher disappears.

Weeks later, Breacher is in Mexico, where he uses the stolen money to bribe a corrupt police officer into helping him identify the man who murdered his family. Breacher finds him in a Mexican bar and kills him and others loyal to him in a violent shootout, during which he is shot in the chest. Having avenged his family, a mortally wounded Breacher sits at a table, takes a shot of whiskey, lights up one last cigar and smiles as he hears the approaching sirens.



Filming started on October 12, 2012 and was completed by December 13, 2012.[7] While the initially released poster for the film gave a release date of April 11, it was released on March 28, 2014.

An unrated red band trailer for the film was released on February 7, 2014.[8] The film was previously titled Ten and Breacher.[9]


To promote the film, Schwarzenegger and Joe Manganiello guested on the March 24, 2014 episode of WWE Raw, where they joined Hulk Hogan in the ring before confronting The Miz.[10][11]


Sabotage received mostly negative reviews. The film-critic aggregator Rotten Tomatoes lists 20% positive reviews based on 101 reviews, with an average score of 4.3/10. The site's consensus states: "Sabotage boasts one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's finer post-political performances, but it's wasted in a movie driven by grueling violence that punishes seemingly without purpose."[12]

However, IGN gave the movie a rating of 7/10 with the following verdict: "Sabotage is far more effective than its action-centric trailers have suggested, with the film more a mystery-thriller that actually offers Arnold Schwarzenegger and the cool ensemble a chance to act and not just shoot guns."[13]

Box office[edit]

The film, budgeted at $35 million,[14] grossed $5.3 million in its opening weekend, finishing in seventh place. The $5.3 million opening was the worst for a Schwarzenegger film in over thirty years.[15] The worldwide gross as of July 6, 2014 is $17.5 million, with $10.5 million of the total gross coming from America.[16]


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  3. ^ Goldberg, Matt (May 7, 2012). "Arnold Schwarzengger to Star in David Ayer’s 'Ten'". Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ Wales, George (October 26, 2012). "Arnie gets a new look in first image from David Ayer’s Ten". Total Film (Future Publishing). Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ Chavez, Kellvin (December 20, 2013). "New Trailer for ‘Sabotage’ Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger". 
  6. ^ "Ralf Moeller 'Gladiator' 'We Just Finished 'Ten' With Arnold Schwarzenegger". 
  7. ^ "IMDB Box office / business for Sabotage". Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Eisenberg, Eric (February 7, 2014). "Arnold Schwarzenegger's Sabotage Gets A Hardcore New Red Band Trailer". 
  9. ^ "First look at Arnold Schwarzenegger in Ten". Flickering October 26, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joe Manganiello to Guest Star on Monday's Raw". WWE. 2014-03-17. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  11. ^ "Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joe Manganiello join Hulk Hogan in the ring: Raw, March 24, 2014". WWE/YouTube. 2014-03-24. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  12. ^ Sabotage (2014) at Rotten Tomatoes
  13. ^ "Sabotage" (2014) at IGN.
  14. ^ Faughnder, Ryan (March 27, 2014). "Noah' to sail to No. 1 at the box office". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  15. ^ Entertainment Weekly. April 11, 2014. pg. 53
  16. ^ "Sabotage". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 

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