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It may deliver the over-the-top action pieces, but Drive Angry prefers to work safely within grindhouse formula than do something truly unique.
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The appeal of Drive Angry is much the same as that of Piranha: a willingness to revel in absurdity to the degree where the exhilaration is infectious.
So awful it's almost great. But no, it's just awful.
Cage passes the torch to the next generation of scene-chewing actors as he's graciously out-Caged by both Burke and shark-eyed William Fichtner as The Accountant
It's actually refreshing that Lussier and Farmer don't belabor the film's internal mythology of satanic cults, hell and the devil's administrative assistants.
Being stoned or otherwise buzzed might help.
Great title -- shame about the movie.
It's excessive, otherworldly, and a bit batty.
One of those delightfully tasteless movies that turns dumb, gross fun into true artistry.
Feels like an affectionate remake of an obscure 1978 Roger Corman production that might have been called "Hot Pants and the Devil Driver."
There's a thin line between clever and stupid. NIc Cage walks it.
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.
There isn't much to Vancouver-raised director Patrick Lussier's film besides mayhem and muscle cars, but he sure gets those things right.
"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.
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.
What a highly action I ever seen on the road and the plot involving it's hero breaking out of hell. Clearly inspired by the Grindhouse aesthetics of Machete and Planet Terror, Drive Angry offers over the top action that's complemented by an over the top performance from Nicholas Cage (is there any other kind nowadays?). Amber Heard does a good performance as Cage's young and good 'bitch' partner. Thank goodness for William Fichtner. One of the Hollywood's best supporting actors, here his off-kilter, Walken-esque lines and ironic detachment are electric.
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.
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