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Review: David Ayer's 'Sabotage' Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos & More

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • March 27, 2014 3:31 PM
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Sabotage
With nary an Ahnold quip, "Sabotage," David Ayer's fetishistically violent action thriller, often feels like a misguided detour, a waste of goodwill amassed by the superior "End of Watch." Doing away with the concept that guided the 2012 cop drama but retaining and supercharging it's once-relatable hyper masculinity, "Sabotage" is wholly unpleasant, unfocused and downright ugly. Ayer's filmography has often cast an unflinching eye on battered, perforated bodies, but here the attention feels invasive and even a bit gleeful. Every wound is flaunted and a series of gruesome autopsies feature a hungry, roving camera, floating over the torn skin, the bloated flesh, stripping away the humanity. One character is literally reduced to ground meat and Ayer holds on the remains with an intent that is lost on us.

Watch: Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Ready For 'Sabotage' In New 3-Minute Red Band Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2014 1:05 PM
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Sabotage
For the most part, Arnold Schwarzenegger's "comeback" vehicles have mostly traded on ironically spoofing his persona. From "The Expendables" films to "The Last Stand" to "Escape Plan," all of them have traded on some notion of self-awareness to Arnie's career and reputation. But what makes the forthcoming "Sabotage" so compelling is that it seems to ditch all of that for a straight up genre flick, and it's going red band with a new trailer to get you on board.

Casting: Neil LaBute Enlists Ethan Hawke, Vera Farmiga For New Thriller; Logan Lerman Joins Brad Pitt For ‘Fury’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 6, 2013 7:06 PM
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Logan Lerman might be known for the forgettable “Percy Jackson” films (a sequel arrives this summer), but he almost scored the coveted lead in “The Amazing Spider-Man” a few years ago and he impressed with his acting chops in “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.” Casting directors and filmmakers have noticed. He’s getting called up into the big leagues and will join Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf in the WWII tank thriller “Fury” that “End of Watch” filmmaker David Ayer is writing and directing for Sony Pictures. The movie is already set for a Fall 2014 release and it’s an interesting one because it will be Ayer’s first non police-centered movie. Let’s hope unlike the almost great “End Of Watch,” the visual material doesn’t stand in the way of a good story and strong dynamic.

David Ayer Taps Into His 'Fury' To Direct WWII Pic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2013 10:15 AM
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Until now, David Ayer has pretty much been known for one thing: cop flicks. "Training Day," "Dark Blue," "S.W.A.T.," "Harsh Times" and "End Of Watch" all bear his name as writer and/or director, but Ayer is taking a sharp left turn for his next effort, and kicking things up a notch.

TIFF Review: Chest-Beating LAPD Cop Drama 'End Of Watch' Is Clichéd & Monotonous

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • September 8, 2012 10:46 PM
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Like "Harsh Times" before it, police drama "End of Watch" conflates realism with sensationalism. In fact, writer/director David Ayer sustains an abrasive tone throughout "End of Watch" in a number of ways. Firstly, Ayer gives his buddy cop drama a cheap kind of immediacy by having his macho, Alpha male Los Angeles cop protagonists film their lives as police officers. Button-sized cameras and hand-held digital cameras aren’t however just used by the police: both the local Mexican drug cartel members and the black gang-bangers that the 13th district cops have to keep an eye out for use cameras to document and valorize their activities too.

Joe Manganiello Joins 'Breacher' With Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sam Worthington

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2012 10:40 AM
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It's likely just a matter of time before Joe Manganiello becomes a big deal on the big screen. The "True Blood" star was in the final batch of contenders to lead Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel," and this summer he showed that his big physique was just as capable of delivering laughs in Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike." Now it looks like Manganiello's imposing bod will get another shot at proving he's multiplex muscle as the actor is gearing up to join a fast-moving cop thriller.

5 Directors Who Could Replace David Slade On The 'Daredevil' Reboot

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 12, 2012 2:55 PM
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There's a job vacancy going at 20th Century Fox. And one that needs to be filled pretty urgently. Late last night, it was announced that David Slade, director of "Hard Candy," "30 Days Of Night and "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," who'd won the job of helming a reboot of Marvel superhero "Daredevil" for the studio, had left the project, citing a commitment to the pilot of NBC series "Hannibal." Directors leave projects all the time, but what makes this a bit of a problem for Fox is that the clock is ticking on their option on the character, and if a film isn't before cameras before the end of the year, the rights are likely to revert back to Marvel, cutting off a potential cash cow. And so a new director is needed, and needed fast.

Posters For Robert Zemeckis' 'Flight,' Cate Shortland's 'Lore' & David Ayer's 'End Of Watch'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 8, 2012 11:39 AM
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Here's a trio of posters from three very different helmers: one from a seasoned pro returning to live action after a stint in mo-cap, one following up a superb directorial debut with a foreign-language novel adaptation and the last a genre specialist tackling what he knows best.

Arnold Schwarzenegger & David Ayer Team For Thriller 'Ten'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2012 3:25 PM
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Well, he's back and Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to pile on the movie projects while old dudes blowing stuff up continues to be make money. He's got "The Expendables 2" coming this summer, "The Last Stand" and "The Tomb" looking set for 2013 and now he's tossing another movie on the slate.

Watch The Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Peña Star In Gritty Cop Thriller 'End Of Watch'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 3, 2012 2:07 PM
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A found footage cop movie? OK, not quite, but David Ayer's "End of Watch," starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as two cops in the LAPD, definitely has that visceral, super intimate, shot on digital-cameras look to it. Or as Ayer once described it: an "in your face” POV style, and that's definitely the case.

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