Plot ‘sabotaged’ for grisly violence

Undated Film Still Handout from Sabotage. Pictured fifth from left: Arnold Schwarzenegger as John 'Breacher' Wharton. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Robert Zuckerman/Lionsgate. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviewsr.
Undated Film Still Handout from Sabotage. Pictured fifth from left: Arnold Schwarzenegger as John 'Breacher' Wharton. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Robert Zuckerman/Lionsgate. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviewsr.

Corrupt police officers learn they are not above the law in the latest action thriller from David Ayer (‘Training Day’, ‘End Of Watch’).

Like the muscle-bound characters, ‘Sabotage’ foregoes subtlety and diplomacy, preferring a full-on assault of wanton violence.

Dismemberment, disembowelment and evisceration abound as Ayer delights in the aftermath of ritualistic slaughter.

Implausibilities stack up faster than expletives in a script co-written by Skip Woods, including a hilarious moment of forced sexual tension between Arnold Schwarzenegger and a female co-star.

Schwarzenegger plays John Breacher, the cigar-chewing ringleader of a team of undercover DEA agents, who infiltrate criminal organisations and destroy them from the inside.

Their latest target is a drug cartel safe house, where team member Lizzy (Mireille Enos) has gathered vital intelligence about a stockpile of cash.

Breacher and his team, Monster (Sam Worthington), Sugar (Terrence Howard), Neck (Josh Holloway), Pyro (Max Martini), Tripod (Kevin Vance), Grinder (Joe Manganiello) and Smoke (Mark Schlegel) use the raid as a smokescreen to steal $10 million from the cartel.

The climactic showdown is a preposterous game of automotive duel that wouldn’t look out of place in the forthcoming ‘Terminator’ reboot. All that’s missing is a knowing smirk to camera from Schwarzenegger.

In this instance, we hope Breacher won’t be back.