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Drive Angry 3D Review

Simon’s Rating: 6/10
Player Affinity Composite Rating: 5.5/10
(2 reviews total)

Looking for a batshit
crazy genre-blending soupy mess of an exploitation action flick? Enjoy body
parts, revving engine blocks, and chunks or burning rubble barraging your face
for the duration of your outing? No? Well then feel free to speed right past Drive Angry 3D and onto the next one but
for those in the right mood (and with a few beers in their stomach) Nic Cage’s
latest action outing will certainly top off your weekly quota for guts,
profanity and nudity.

Drive Angry is such a disaster it actually succeeds, mostly due in part to director Patrick Lussier and crew, who knew precisely what movie they were making. Toss
in a manic Cage (though wigging out less than usual I will say), the
out-of-control hot Amber Heard and the underrated William Fichtner in a
pitch-perfect supporting role and boring will no longer be in your vocabulary. The
script though smirk-enduringly enjoyable and constantly pulpy, all of the dark
humour and snappy one-liners will soon dissipate as you drive home (though I
did so faster than usual).

Cage stars as Milton (a name that no
doubt got him beaten up in elementary school), a damned soul who literally
breaks out of hell when his infant granddaughter falls into the hands of a
sadistic cult (who also coincidently butchered his daughter and son-in-law). In
his attempt to get to
Louisiana,
where the sect’s sacrificial ritual is to take place at the next full moon, he
crosses paths with the sultry Piper (Heard), whose toughness is rivalled
only by her jaw-dropping appearance in a low cut top and booty shorts. Caught
in between the determined
Milton
and the object of his revenge is a mysterious demon (William Fichtner) known on
as The Accountant who comes to Earth to reclaim the escapee.

Fichtner is the real star
here, playing the devil’s right-hand man as a smooth, cocky individual who
always seems mildly inconvenienced, even when he finds his car careening off a
bridge. A scene where he describes Lucifer as merely a prison guard: quiet,
keeps to himself, well read, is utterly hilarious and in addition to a
monologue by Cage actually constructs an interesting realization of the
underworld.

I also adored Heard’s character who holds no punches as she stands
up to (and often beats down) larger male threats; she is one tough, cool chick.
Billy Burke (a long way from his role as Bella’s father in “Twilight”) is damn
creepy as the cult leader in a mostly limited role. Then of course we have Cage, who I wouldn’t say is at his best (look to his one-two punch of Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
and Kick-Ass for his most
accomplished recent work), but he is more than sufficient to cement the film in
a solid realm of watchability.

The 3D here is very well
done; this is no hasty conversion and every shot including the credits is
presented in the illusion. Like Lussier’s My
Bloody Valentine 3D
objects ranging from bullets to severed skulls are thrust
at the viewer and it’s good fun for the film’s mood and the genre to which Drive Angry belongs. The extra dimension never detracts or
distracts but still remains unnecessary overall which again simply alludes to
the eventual death of the gimmick.

Scratch the film stock and
toss in a Tarantino cameo and this could have been another Grindhouse segment. This decidedly more polished campy action ride probably
could have been better in some way, but damn if I would know how to approach
it; it is what it is and if in the right gear I could easily see this as
someone’s favourite movie of this young year, but consider me in the middle seat.

Rating: 6.0/10

Drive Angry
Directed by Patrick
Lussier
Written by Todd Farmer,
Patrick Lussier
Starring: Nicolas Cage,
Amber Heard, William Fichtner, David Morse

Other Player Affinity Reviews

Steven thought: “A small but existent segment of the American population believes that any and all combinations of cars, guns and naked women make for the perfect care-free cinematic cocktail. But like any cocktail, there’s a perfect blend required, not simply throwing them in a blend-er. Behold the difference between the “Fast and Furious” franchise and Drive Angry. The former, for example, understands that women make the cars more beautiful, whereas Patrick Lussier, co-writer and director of Drive Angry, believes that they go together because they’re two things men like. The creativity of this grindhouse-style flick ceilings at what ways sex, gun fights and cars can be combined together in this way, which makes for an amusing run time, but a hollow one. The revenge story was the right way to go, but the “man escapes hell” premise gives Nic Cage’s Milton a clear motivation that the plot doesn’t adhere to the way it should. With Robert Rodriguez making examples of proper exploitation these days, a film like Drive Angry can’t really compete.” Rating: 5/10

Player Affinity Composite Rating: 5.5/10 

Rating
5.5

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