Sabotage (2014 film)

Sabotage is a 2014 American action thriller film directed by David Ayer and written by Ayer and Skip Woods. A loose adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel And Then There Were None, it stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Joshua Holloway, and Mireille Enos. Schwarzenegger portrays the leader of a DEA team whose members (Worthington, Howard, Manganiello, Holloway, and Enos) find themselves being hunted down after they steal money seized during a cartel raid.

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Ayer
Written by
Produced by
  • Bill Block
  • David Ayer
  • Ethan Smith
  • Paul Hanson
  • Palek Patel
CinematographyBruce McCleery
Edited byDody Dorn
Music byDavid Sardy
Distributed by
Release dates
  • March 19, 2014 (2014-03-19) (Los Angeles)
  • March 28, 2014 (2014-03-28) (United States)
Running time
109 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$35 million[2]
Box office$22.1 million[3]

The film was released in the United States on March 28, 2014.[4] Sabotage received generally negative reviews. The critics praised Schwarzenegger's performance but criticized the "grueling violence".[5] It grossed $22.1 million on a $35 million budget.


John "Breacher" Wharton is the leader of the DEA's Special Operations Team (DEA SOT), which consists of James "Monster" Murray, Monster's wife Lizzy Murray, Joe "Grinder" Philips, Julius "Sugar" Edmonds, Eddie "Neck" Jordan, Tom "Pyro" Roberts, Bryce "Tripod" McNeely and "Smoke" Jennings.

During a raid on a cartel stronghold, Smoke is killed as the team steals $10 million from a cash stockpile, hiding it in the sewer beneath the building while blowing up the rest to cover their tracks. The money disappears, and their superior Floyd Demel suspends them while the DEA investigates the team for the theft. After six months without any confessions or evidence of their participation, the team is reinstated.

After waking from a drunken stupor, Pyro finds his motorhome has been towed onto a railroad crossing, which is rammed by a train, killing him before he can escape. Atlanta Police homicide detective Caroline Brentwood and her partner Darius Jackson are assigned to the case and interrogate Pyro's teammates.

Brentwood notes Neck is deliberately avoiding interrogation, and Breacher accompanies her to Neck's house, hopeful he will cooperate. When they arrive, they find him nailed to the ceiling and disemboweled. Brentwood recognizes the execution as the modus operandi of the cartels, leading Breacher to assume the cartel is hunting the team 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, the latter being identified by Breacher as a cartel enforcer. Monster later visits Brentwood, who is suspicious of Breacher. Monster tells her that Breacher's family was kidnapped by the cartels, who videotaped their murders and later sent the tape to Breacher along with the severed body parts 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 have sex.

Jackson traces the dead enforcer's cellphone to a cartel safe house, which is raided by Breacher and his team, but the enforcers are not there. They are later found dead at the bottom of a river near Tripod's house, and Detective Brentwood realizes that they were killed before Pyro and Neck, meaning someone is framing the cartel for killing their team members.

Breacher reunites the team to tell them what happened, and Lizzy lashes out and reveals she's been having an affair with Sugar. Grinder confides in Brentwood that they stole the money. Breacher and Brentwood meet with Grinder in a local restaurant and Lizzy kills Grinder using a sniper rifle, Lizzy and Sugar being responsible for the murders of their teammates. As Lizzy is putting together her gear to leave the country with Sugar, Monster destroys her passport, and Lizzy attacks him with a knife, killing him.

Breacher and Brentwood go to Lizzy's house and find Monster's body stuffed in a refrigerator. Lizzy calls Breacher, pretending to be alone, and arranges a meeting at a parking garage. Breacher goes there with Detective Brentwood, who ducks down in the car, unseen. Lizzy and Sugar ambush Breacher, and Brentwood assists Breacher. Lizzy and Sugar drive away, pursued by Breacher and Brentwood. After a lengthy chase, Sugar and Lizzy's car crashes into a tow truck, the ramp decapitating Sugar.

Breacher and Brentwood confront Lizzy, who accuses the team of stealing the money behind her back, motivating her to seek revenge. Brentwood is puzzled, assuming Lizzy had stolen the money. Breacher tells Lizzy that he took the money. Lizzy tries to reach for her weapon and Breacher kills her. As the local police arrive Breacher disappears, leaving Brentwood frustrated.

Weeks later, Breacher is in Mexico, where he uses the stolen money for its intended purpose - to bribe a corrupt police official into helping him identify Brujo, the man who murdered his family. Breacher finds him in a Mexican bar and kills him and others loyal to him.

Wounded, Breacher sits at a table, takes a shot of whiskey and lights up one last cigar, smiling as he awaits his fate.



Filming started on October 12, 2012 and was completed by December 13, 2012.[6]



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

To promote the film, Schwarzenegger and Joe Manganiello made a guest appearance on the March 24, 2014 episode of WWE Raw, where they joined Hulk Hogan in the ring before confronting The Miz.[9][10]

While the initially released poster for the film gave a release date of April 11, it was released on March 28, 2014.


Box officeEdit

The film, budgeted at $35 million,[11] grossed $5.3 million in its opening weekend, finishing in seventh place. The opening was the worst for a Schwarzenegger film in over thirty years.[12] The worldwide gross as of July 6, 2014 is $17.5 million, with $10.5 million of the total gross coming from America.[3] The total worldwide gross was $22.1 million.[3]

Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 22% based on 113 reviews, with an average rating of 4.31/10. The site's critics consensus reads, "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."[5] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 41 out of 100, based on 31 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[13] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade "B" on scale of A to F.[14]

Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film a positive review and wrote: "This brutal, bloody, dark and at times gruesomely funny thriller isn’t some David Fincher-esque mood piece where all the clues come together at the end. It’s more like a modern-day, Georgia version of a spaghetti Western."[15]

Jim Vejvoda of IGN gave the film a seven out of ten rating, with the 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."[16]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Sabotage (2014) at the British Board of Film Classification
  2. ^ "Sabotage - Box Office Data". The Numbers.
  3. ^ a b c "Sabotage(2014)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  4. ^ Goldberg, Matt (May 7, 2012). "Arnold Schwarzenegger to Star in David Ayer's 'Ten'". Archived from the original on January 23, 2014. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Sabotage (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  6. ^ "IMDB Box office / business for Sabotage". Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  7. ^ Eisenberg, Eric (February 7, 2014). "Arnold Schwarzenegger's Sabotage Gets A Hardcore New Red Band Trailer".
  8. ^ "First look at Arnold Schwarzenegger in Ten". Flickering October 26, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  9. ^ "Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joe Manganiello to Guest Star on Monday's Raw". WWE. March 17, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  10. ^ Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joe Manganiello join Hulk Hogan in the ring: Raw, March 24, 2014. WWE/YouTube. March 24, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  11. ^ Faughnder, Ryan (March 27, 2014). "Noah' to sail to No. 1 at the box office". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  12. ^ Entertainment Weekly. April 11, 2014. pg. 53
  13. ^ "Sabotage reviews". Metacritic.
  14. ^ "SABOTAGE (2014) B". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on December 20, 2018.
  15. ^ Roeper, Richard (March 28, 2014). "Movie review: 'Sabotage'". Journal Inquirer.
  16. ^ Jim Vejvoda (27 March 2014). "Sabotage (2014)". IGN.

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