Drive Angry Reviews
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.
When he's on screen as the Devil's right-hand man, Drive Angry hits the gas and nails the tone it always should have. Quick, give Fichtner his own vehicle.
The story of the action film has a supernatural bent, and concerns an escapee from Hell who returns to Earth to stop a cult from sacrificing his granddaughter in a ritual designed to bring Hell on Earth. Along the way he teams up with a young lass looking for a new lease on life. While all of that is going on, the escapee, named John Milton (why does almost every film involving Satan have to have a character caleld John Milton? That stopped being clever and inspired long ago) is being pursued by a mysterious guy named The Accountant who sort of is there to play fixer and act as bounty hunter.
The plot is a mess ,and not really that unique, although I do like the idea of Hell being a prison with Satan as the warden and The Account as one of the guards. The story is mostly there as an excuse to have awesome cars, explosions, and gun fights. There's the prerequisite rock music of course, but that elements is really used to it's potential, which is surprising and a shame. I saw this in 2D, but from what I can tell, this is one of those movies there the 3D was only used as an excuse to have crap flying at the screen, and not to enhance the depth or anything. Given the material, that's totally passable, but the film works just fine in 2D.
Nicolas Cage adds another crazy character to his resume, althoguh he's more noticeably land and lifeless here with his performance instead of being the odd livewire I've come to love and defend. His lacking performance is more than made up for by the combined scenery chewing of Billy Burke and especially William Fichtner. Amber Heard is a lovely woman, and she has her moments of badass heroine, but there's not really a reason for her character to exist.
The action is over the top, ridiculous, and does have a couple of great WTF moments, although like I said, this is overall not really all that memorable, and it's stupid to no end, but Lussier at least is somewhat competant as a director. Hell, I was blown away by how much I enjoyed his My Bloody Valentine remake.
I did enjoy it though as entertainment. It's fun, never boring, and would be great to watch with a group of friends and a case of beer. It does suck, but it could have been a whole lot worse. It's just a shame it doesn't have the spark to really make it an explosive and notable film with a better conceived and executed story-even for a trashy b-movie.
Although Cage's character is still a mystery about his character you get a vague idea about his character.
I love William Fichtner in this movie, i think he stole the show and just was very entertaining as the accountant from hell.
I very amusing and action packed movie that should be given a shot!
Drive Angry is for the most part fun, but the dialogue is horrible, and the action becomes tiresome after awhile. It's endless slow motioned kills and that would be ok if there was something else redeemable about it. The acting isn't good, but I don't fault the movie for that. This wasn't meant to be a great movie and the acting isn't supposed to be great. The difference between this movie and a good like minded movie like Deathproof, is that this has bad writing and all the scenes involved the exact same kind of violence. There was nothing new from scene to scene and that' why it was easy to grow tired of. I don't mind Cage doing a movie like this but I wish at some point he would get back to the good movies he used to make. It's getting harder and harder to remember his great movie like Matchstick Men and Red Rock West. I still believe he will make another great movie, but not as much as used to.
Keep your eye on Amber Heard though. She was the only thing worth watching in this turd.
Director: Patrick Lussier
Summary: Career criminal Milton (Nicolas Cage) breaks out of prison to pursue the cult members who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. Milton is in turn chased by a serial killer (William Fichtner) who's determined to catch him before he can find redemption. Aiding Milton in his quest is Piper (Amber Heard), a comely waitress who supplies him with a muscle car that he uses to outrace the police that are hot on his trail.
My Thoughts: "This is one of those films you can't take very seriously. The kind of movie you just have to sit back, shut the brain off, and enjoy the ride. The film is kinda silly and it's obvious that's what they intended it to be. There were many scenes when I rolled my eyes to how insane some scenes were. But the film is fun. You get that all the crazy things that happen are meant to make you say 'are you serious?'. William Fichtner was my favorite in the film. I found his character 'The Accountant' to be very funny. But then again, I loved Amber Heard in this as well. Piper is one bad-ass chick and I loved her. If you go into the film with no high expectations and just enjoy the fun and silliness of it, you should have a brain dead good time. Cheesy with some good action."
Cage stars as Milton, a man who escapes from Hell in order to avenge the murder of his daughter and stop his infant granddaughter from being sacrificed as part of a cult's plot to bring Hell to earth. He picks up a blonde spitfire (Amber Heard) along the way, and the two of them are pursued by cops and a grim reaper-type man (William Fichtner) who's job it is to bring Milton back to where he belongs.
The rest is all shoot-outs, explosions, muscle car chases, and Amber Heard looking sexy.
Drive Angry is a fun movie, as long as you don't take it seriously. It was obviously made with camp value in mind, from the soundtrack to the way the actors ham things up and the cartoon-ish gore. If you know what you're getting into there's a good chance that you'll enjoy Drive Angry.
Nate's Grade: C