Drive Angry 3D (2011)

25 February 2011

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Drive Angry 3D. Nicolas Cage (“Bad Lieutenant”, “Adaptation”) stars as a vengeance-fuelled father who breaks out of Hell to pursue the killers of his daughter and save her kidnapped baby in Lionsgate’s DRIVE ANGRY 3D, the new in-your-face shocker from the team behind “My Bloody Valentine 3D”, director Patrick Lussier and fellow writer Todd Farmer.

Milton (Cage), a hardened felon, has broken out of Hell for one last chance at redemption. Intent on stopping a vicious cult who murdered his daughter, he has three days to stop them before they sacrifice her baby beneath a full moon. He’s joined by Piper (Heard), a young, sexy waitress, who liberates her boyfriend’s cherry-red muscle car in order to help Milton.

Now the two of them are hot on the trail of the deadly leader of the cult, Jonah (Burke), who believes it is his destiny to use the baby to unleash Hell on Earth.  But the bloodthirsty cult is the least of Milton’s problems.  The police are after him too.  And worse, an enigmatic killer known only as The Accountant (Fichtner) has been sent by the Devil to retrieve Milton and deliver him back to Hell.

The Oscar-winning star is joined on screen by William Fichtner (“The Dark Knight”), Amber Heard (“The Rum Diary”), Billy Burke (“Untraceable”), Simona Williams and Katy Mixon.

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"A high octane, balls out, typical revenge story, and it takes you on the ride from hell..."

Drive Angry 3D is a high octane, balls out, typical revenge story, and it takes you on the ride from hell. We meet Milton who is portrayed effortlessly by Nicolas Cage, an anti-hero that has broken out of Hell in order to seek his revenge.

Cage is brilliant as Milton, and while a lot of his dialog and actions are cheesy it doesn't make the film any less enjoyable to watch. Similarly his leading Lady; Amber Heard is sassy and kicks butt, she exudes star prowess in every scene she is in.

William Fichtner shows up as The Accountant, who is seemingly pursuing Milton to take him back to Hell and the villain of the story is Jonah King; a cartoon villain of biblical proportions played terrifically by Billy Burke.

Although this film hasn't got the class or cinematic quality of a Tarantino film, it makes it clear from the beginning that Drive Angry isn't a film that takes itself too seriously, and so we get to enjoy it in all it's guilty pleasure perfection. At the end of the day Drive Angry is definitely more of a B film, made to look like a top notch action film, thanks to it's big budget and A lister star.

Thankfully the 3D isn't overused, which is a testament to the creative team and director Patrick Lussier who directed last years 3D re imagining of My Bloody Valentine.

I'm a big fan of Nicolas Cage and so I was really excited to see Drive Angry when I saw the trailer, it looked like a lot of fun and while they emphasized that it was shot in 3D, I think it would have been just as good if it wasn't 3D. It was clearly used as an unashamed gimmick, and why not, the bullets and blood, body parts and cars flying out of the screen, were used to great effect. Ultimately the film did exactly what it set out to do - to entertain, it does that and then some.

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