Sabotage review (Blu-ray)

It's a shame that audiences no longer have much of an appetite for Big Arnie's macho heroics – they flock to fluffy superheroes now. Sabotage flopped big time at the US box office. Perhaps the former Governator is now too long in the tooth for this type of nonsense, which is very much a throwback to the in-your-face action thrillers he was doing in the '80s.

Aged Arnie leads a crack team of DEA agents who are the most ugly and uncouth bunch of rednecks imaginable. Purloining $10m for themselves from a raid on a Mexican drug cartel they soon find the money missing and their number being picked off in graphically gory ways.

Is this revenge by the Mexicans or could it be one of the group who is the culprit? Williams is the cynical homicide cop assigned to investigate, improbably falling for Arnie's charms though this is thankfully not brought to the fore too much.

Director Ayer is in familiar territory after End of Watch, though his new effort here differs in that it defies credibility at times. This is a down and dirty tale of corruption and betrayal with loud bursts of vivid violence.

Arnie gives a solid performance that is one of his least wooden in years and his co-stars are as convincingly mean and mendacious as one could wish. It offers one climax too many but overall is a reliably tough and bloody actioner that hits you in the eyes with boisterous brio and pungent vigour. You might want to take a bath after watching it though.

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Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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