a 5 mil opening weekend from the Austrian Oak. who would ever thought the day would come?
i mean, i guess every star’s luster begins to fade. and arnie had that scandal a few years back. but i think its more than that. he started his solo comeback last year with THE LAST STAND. it was pretty violent and it made very little money. ESCAPE PLAN was more Stallone’s movie, a revamped, souped up, half assed, slapped together, techno modern TANGO&CASH. but that movie as well, was pretty brutal in its prison culture sadism. now this fails too?
and this is the best out of all his comeback movies thus far due to the awesome direction of David Ayers. his movies are mean (TRAINING DAY, END OF WATCH) harsh and full of gritty bloodlust. and i like that. but it seems, with the exception of the EXPENDABLES, which runs on the memory lane nostalgia of 80 and early 90s action icons and their movies, its like America has had her fill of testosterone fueled, adrenaline junkie madness. for awhile we had the thinking man’s action hero in JASON BOURNE, but since his absence, all we really have left is Jason Statham in generic dreck and Liam Neeson as the as the poseter boy (MAN) of “old dude action” .
speaking of testosterone, i must give mireille enos a standing ovation for stealing the show, the movie and nearly every scene she was in. after the mousey, bland wife she played in WORLD WAR Z, i almost forget she was the same person. she is electric in this movie, a live wire. she is a key component of the third act finale of the movie, a car chase that is one of the best i’ve seen in years. because of the over the top, balls to the wall action, SABOTAGE gets a 4 star SHIBBY just on general principle.
if AHNULD wants that old thing back, to get back the thrill, which is seems is clearly gone from the fans, may i suggest something much simpler to please us. reach back down into that well of movies that need a sequel and dont have one and give us TRUE LIES 2. i’d be there with bells on.
how bout you?
SABOTAGE, for me, goes extremely raw, hard and uncut.
makes me wanna hit the range, like right now. where’s my gun?