I know, there are probably better trailers out there for The Wind Rises (filled with Ghibli gorgeosity and nicely timed critics adulation) and Paradise: Hope (conveying the film’s tricky mix of sweetness & pedophilia with careful humor), but somehow my interest was ignited by the first trailer for End of Watch director David Ayers’ next film, Sabotage. At a distance or on paper, this outwardly looks like just another post-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle, a brand that’s not been as fruitful as Schwarzenegger’s pre-Governor career. That may be exactly what it is, putting Schwarzenegger in front focus as the leader of a DEA team brought under fire by the drug cartel.
Tabling the unshakable morbidity and notable lack-of-humor in Schwarzenegger’s recent films, Sabotage excites on the basis of its ensemble cast and its director’s growing prowess. I admired End of Watch more than Justin or G Clark did, the propulsive, visceral ambition David Ayers put forward outweighing the grungy inconsistency of its 1st-person shooter, semi-mockumentary approach. Applying his growing aesthetic power to a more conventional story may serve him well, particularly matched with such a promising, underused cast that includes Olivia Williams, Mirielle Enos and Joe Manganiello amongst others. Set for release April 11, 2014, I’m instinctively more excited for Sabotage than for Captain America: Winter Soldier. Check out the trailer below and let us know where you stand.