DVD Review: Revisit The Days Of DTV Action With Mark Dacascos And Carrie-Anne Moss In SABOTAGE - Movies In Focus
Once upon a time there was a decade called the 1990s. In that time there was a world called the land of direct-to-video (DTV) action. In that world there were many princes who aspired to have the crowns held by kings like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis. One of those princes was Mark Dacascos – and he starred in a 1996 film called Sabotage. Directed by Tibor Takacs, Sabotage sees Dacascos as an elite soldier turned body guard working with an F.B.I. agent (Carrie-Anne Moss) to uncover a conspiracy and track down the sniper at its centre (Tony Todd). This is the type of movie that has died because of the rise of CGI driven action extravaganzas. The DTV world mirrored the muscle driven action movies of the 80s and 90s and it was very easy to copy that aesthetic on a lower budget. It’s not easy anymore and the closest thing to that is the ‘mockbuster’ mentality which winks at its audience because of the bad special effects. However, DTV movies were pure in their aim to entertain and deliver the same thrills as their big budget counterparts. It might be a bit silly, but Sabotage hits [...]