Sabotage

Arnold Schwarzenegger could use a hit right about now, not that he’s at a loss for the ability to crush things. Based on the new Sabotage red-band trailer, however, this could be that hit. The David Ayer-directed thriller looks tough and exciting, with plenty of badass moments and stone-cold violence to go around.

The plot, loosely inspired by the Agatha Christie mystery And Then There Were None, follows a team of DEA agents who start to get picked off one by one after they bust a drug cartel safe house and make off with the cash. Watch the newest promo after the jump.

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David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch) and Arnold Schwarzenegger team for Sabotage, which looks like a straight-forward, foul-mouthed, head-shootin’ B-movie. Despite the fact that he has been trying to do some acting in his various recent pictures, Schwarzenegger’s return to the screen hasn’t exactly set the box office on fire. Could this movie, which teams him with a solid supporting cast, be the one? (That cast includes Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos, Sam Worthington, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Max Martini, and Josh Holloway.)

This long red-band trailer dresses up the film’s pretty routine plot (bad-ass DEA agents get in trouble with a cartel, and the law) with a lot of cursing and violence, but thanks to Ayer’s touch it works pretty well. Check out the spot, which definitely isn’t safe for work, below. Read More »

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David Ayer (Training Day writer, End of Watch director) has a great-looking WWII tank movie coming next year, called Fury. But first, he’ll open the year with a movie featuring the DEA, drug cartels, deals gone bad, and sneaky dealings that leave people dead left and right.

In Sabotage, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the leader of a DEA unit that robs a cartel and ends up in all sorts of trouble because of it. Check out a trailer below. Read More »

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End of Watch director and Training Day writer David Ayer takes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Mireille Enos, and Olivia Williams to the mean streets of Atlanta for the violent DEA story Sabotage. Arnie leads a DEA crew that gets into trouble when millions of dollars go missing after a huge cartel bust. (Or what looks like a bust, at least.) Worthington, slightly disguised with a shaved head, Enos, and Howard are part of his crew, and Williams is a local detective who is looking into cartel activity and murders.

While Schwarzenegger’s movies haven’t done big business since he really got back into the game, he was the most entertaining part of Escape Plan (he was really doing some acting, and had a great stretch of performance in German), and here he’s in super-serious mode, which could be a good time. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Fury

Director David Ayer (Training Day writer, End of Watch writer/director) is being generous with his camera while directing the WWII film Fury. The movie stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeoufLogan Lerman, Jason Isaacs, and Michael Pena in a story about an American tank crew that tries to survive an encounter with a German army division towards the end of the war.  

Since the beginning of the shoot, Ayer has been posting an image a day to Twitter, and now that we’re a couple weeks in there’s a good collection of shots from the production. They’re not as polished and stylized as the header shot above (which was the first official image release) but they have a grit and atmosphere that works very well. Check out a bunch of more recent shots below. Read More »

Brad Pitt in Inglourious Basterds

Four years after Inglourious Basterds (pictured above), Brad Pitt is heading back to World War II to take another crack at destroying the Nazis. But this time around, he’ll take a very different approach.

Pitt leads the cast of David Ayer‘s Fury, which follows a heroic attempt by a Sherman tank crew to fight the bad guys from behind enemy lines. Also along for the ride are Shia LaBeouf, Michael Peña, Logan Lerman, and Jon Bernthal. The first photo from the film has just dropped, and you can check it out after the jump.

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Brad Pitt World War Z

The last time Brad Pitt visited World War II, he was scalping Nazis. Now he’s going to drive over them. Pitt, the star of Inglourious Basterds, has signed to headline Fury, the latest film from End of Watch director David Ayer. The film tells a fictional tale of a five-man tank crew who go into battle with the German army in 1945.

“I want to bring a fresh execution to the genre,” Ayer said in February when QED Entertainment purchased his script. “What these men went through is worthy of a complex, honest, hard portrayal. This will have incredible, visceral action and complex, rich characters. I plan to bring tank combat to life in a way that lands with a modern audience.” Read More »

With the arrival of December, awards season is in full swing, and usually that just means limited releases of some big new films, to establish them as Oscar contenders. And so a film like Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty will open in New York and LA on December 21, but won’t go wide until January 11.

But we also see the occasional re-release, meant to remind Academy voters that films are worth considering for awards. And so December 7 sees two films re-opening, the better to angle for Oscar. Open Road is doing a nationwide re-release of David Ayer‘s End of Watch, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as LA cops. And as the following tweet shows, Joe Carnahan‘s The Grey is getting a two-week run at two LA-area theaters:

Granted, Carnahan’s film, starring Liam Neeson as one of a team of roughnecks stranded in the Alaskan wilderness, has been on DVD for months; you can even stream it on Netflix right now. But it’s a solid film, and I’m happy to see it get a small shot at awards recognition.

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