Drive Angry (2011)



Critic Consensus: It may deliver the over-the-top action pieces, but Drive Angry prefers to work safely within grindhouse formula than do something truly unique.

Movie Info

Nicolas Cage headlines this high-octane thriller as Milton, a hard-case felon who breaks out of Hell to prevent the cult that murdered his daughter from sacrificing his infant granddaughter to Satan on the night of the full moon. With just three days to go before the ritual killing, Milton crosses paths with knockout waitress Piper (Amber Heard), who steals her cheating ex-boyfriend's vintage Charger and joins him on his quest to save the Earth from the forces of darkness. With Piper's help and … More

Rating: R (for strong brutal violence throughout, grisly images, some graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Patrick Lussier, Todd Farmer
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 31, 2011
Box Office: $10.7M
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Critic Reviews for Drive Angry

All Critics (117) | Top Critics (24)

Feels like an affectionate remake of an obscure 1978 Roger Corman production that might have been called "Hot Pants and the Devil Driver."

Full Review… | August 26, 2015

There's a thin line between clever and stupid. NIc Cage walks it.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Performances, especially from William Fichtner and Amber Heard, are great and the 3D is pretty solid, but that's about all I can say for Drive Angry 3D in terms of positive aspects of the film.

Full Review… | July 24, 2013
We Got This Covered

There isn't much to Vancouver-raised director Patrick Lussier's film besides mayhem and muscle cars, but he sure gets those things right.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Georgia Straight

A little respect, please, for His Satanic Majesty, Nicolas Cage. Nobody else could have made this work, or would have wanted to.

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
Tribune News Service

Drive Angry is very obviously Nicolas Cage embracing his own ridiculousness, or - in language invented by Bad Lieutenant director Werner Herzog - "releasing the pigs".

Full Review… | September 28, 2012

Audience Reviews for Drive Angry

four stars!!

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"Give me one good reason I shouldn't shoot you in the face." "I'm Driving." So goes the dialogue in this damn fine entertaining movie. Drive Angry is completely over the top, one of the few newer Nicholas Cage films I like. He's at his dead-pan best here as an escapee from hell. This is a ramapge of redemption, a sweet and salty southern receipe made delicious by its glorious excess.

If you liked Ghost Rider, which I didn't, this is a lot better. Its a hellacious beat-down (pun intended). Amber Heard is too sexy to be believed and a complete bad-ass to boot. I also love the way Fichter's and Cage's characters interact. I'm not sure the original John Milton would approve of the hell-on-earth story, but its worth the price of admission.

How can anycritic claim this film is tedious? Its ridiculous and absurd yet entertaining as neo-grindhouse is intended.

Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

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The only positive aspect of Drive Angry is the engaging supporting performance of William Fichtner's, but other than that, this is nothing other than totally repulsive garbage. I think it's safe to say that we've all got used to the idea of Nic Cage appearing in trash like this, and we've accepted it because sometimes it's the only redeeming feature of the ridiculously film's he appears in. But I will say there were only two reasons I kept watching the film, because it is so badly plotted, so predictable and so stupid, and it was simply to ponder at the mystery as to why Nic Cage took the role in it, and to see if it would turn out as catastrophic as Death Proof. Other than that, there is no reason to see this movie. It's nothing you haven't seen before even if your looking for trashy exploitation. Firstly it's narrative is incredibly laughable and has no charm whatsoever, and it's attitude towards women is appauling. The action sequences are somehow unbelievably dull, even despite the fact it bombards you with set piece after set piece and extreme amounts of repetitive explosions. So aside from the fact that it's directed badly, acted terribly and has a script that appears to have been written by an adolescent 12 year old. It also features an annoying array of unrealistic characters, an inconsequential narrative and doesn't even work on the lowest common denominator action B movie thriller level. It's a less self-indulgent grindhouse movie than Death Proof, but that doesn't even improve it in any sense really. It's unspeakably awful.

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