Sabotage (2014) - David Ayer
John Wharton, a highly decorated drug enforcement officer, leads an elite DEA unit in charge of taking down some of the most dangerous drug cartels in the world. A man whose dedicated his life to fighting the cartel, John has reached his breaking point, and on his latest high-stakes raid of a cartel safe house, the entire team agrees to pocket some of the stash. When the DEA recognizes that $10 million has gone missing, the team comes under investigation. That ends up being the least of their problems, as one-by-one the various team members start to be murdered. David Ayer's Sabotage is a gritty and violent action film that is relatively engaging from start to finish. For the life of me I can't understand the venom thrown at this movie, yes, it has some cliched moments and some cringe-worthy moments of excessive machoism, but overall Ayer's has crafted an exciting and compelling action film. The action sequences in Sabotage are above-average, with Ayer using some unique compositions and his gritty style of photography to great effect. The narrative as a whole is decent but what I really found compelling about Sabotage is its honestly bleak look at the toll of being a special agent like this has on one's soul. People in this particularly job see the worst of humanity on almost a routine basis and Ayer's makes sure to capture how difficult it must be to continually climb out of such darkness. David Ayer's Sabotage is excessively violent but it works,in capturing the ugliness of working in this type of environment.
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