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Drive Angry (2011)

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7/10: Sleazy But Cheesy Satanic Savagery
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Although the latest Nicolas Cage epic eclipses his previous potboiler "Season of the Witch," "My Bloody Valentine" director Patrick Lussier's "Drive Angry" qualifies as a fast-paced, campy, white-trash, B-movie thriller about a gun-toting fugitive fresh out of Hades who struggles to save his infant granddaughter from a Satanic cult set on slaughtering her. Blood-splattered, babe-strewn, and bullet-riddled, this half-grilled collection of grindhouse clichés delivers non-stop action that you've seen before in better movies like "Shoot'em Up," "Crank," and "Machete." The only ounce of originality in this hard-boiled, hare-brained hokum is a melodramatic motel room massacre. A half-clad Cage in sunglasses, clutching a fifth of Jack Daniels in one fist and an automatic pistol in the other, mows down a mob of murderous miscreants as they storm into his room. Just to show how incredibly cool that our hero is under fire, Lussier and co-scenarist...

8/10: A ridiculously over-the-top and wildly enjoyable thrill ride
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Nicolas Cage takes a lot of flack for his acting choices. The man is likely the most inconsistent actor in the entirety of Hollywood, jumping from headlining critically acclaimed films like Leaving Las Vegas and Adaptation to headlining putrid, bottom of the barrel films like Next and The Wicker Man. But going through his filmography, sorting the good from the bad, and the bad from the unwatchable, you will find a good handful of films that are just meant to be silly and fun. This is where Drive Angry 3D resides.John Milton (Cage) did some bad things, and was sent to hell as a result. After the death of his daughter and the kidnapping of his granddaughter at the hands of crazy cult leader Jonah King (Billy Burke), Milton escapes hell and becomes a man on a mission. As he hunts and searches for King, he brings the gorgeous Piper (Amber Heard) along for the ride to assist him...

5/10: A serviceable pure exploitation flick with mediocre execution
Thursday, June 9, 2011

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, writer and director of "Drive Angry," believes that they go together because they're two things men like."Drive Angry" is not the awful kind of schlocky grindhouse flick, but it's completely hollow filmmaking. Shot in 3D, when you watch the film in the "inferior" two dimensions, you can tell the film was meant to be watched in 3D the way bullets and shrapnel come toward the camera. Fans of the 3-D medium who despise converted 3D will rejoice at the director's intention...

6/10: Cage Isn't So Much Angry, as Moderately Annoyed
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

For every good film starring Nicolas Cage, there are a half dozen or so throwaway films that fade into the background. The 2011 semi-grindhouse film DRIVE ANGRY is pretty much one of those throwaways. I don't mean it's a crappy movie. There's enough here to keep the film somewhat entertaining if you're looking for some mindless fun. I suppose it might've been even better in 3D. From what I remember, this film was actually filmed with 3D cameras as opposed to the crappy post-conversion process. I've only seen it in 2D, so I couldn't tell you if the extra dimension adding anything to the experience. The story is straight out of the world of grindhouse: Nicholas Cage is John Milton, a man who's escaped from Hell, and he's on a mission. His daughter was murdered by the insane leader of a Satanic cult, and this same maniac has plans...

3/10: I was disappointed with it
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Drive Angry starts in Oklahoma where restaurant waitress Piper (Amber Heard) quits her job, while driving fiancés 69 Dodge Charger it breaks down, a man named John Milton (Nicolas Cage) offers to fix the car in exchange for a lift to which Piper agrees. Milton is trying to catch up with Jonah King (Billy Burke) who happens to be the leader of a Satanic cult, he murdered Milton's daughter & now plans to offer Milton's baby grandson as a human sacrifice in order to open the gates of hell. Chasing Milton is the Accountant (William Fichter) who is a demon from hell sent to Earth to reclaim Milton who in fact escaped from hell in order to avenge his daughter's murder. With everyone trying to kill everyone else things get violent as car chases & shoot-outs break out all over the place as King tries to turn Earth into a living hell while the undead Milton tries to...

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