Drive Angry 3D Movie Review
Nicolas Cage is back! In his twelfth bad movie of the 21st century. Yes, I counted. Unlike Season of the Witch, Ghost Rider or Bangkok Dangerous, however, Drive Angry is intentionally bad. And also stars Amber Heard. If a movie achieves what it intended to be, and stars Amber Heard, does that make it... good?
Drive Angry is straight out of B-action hell, an infernal melting pot of Nicolas Cage action, unnecessary (yet perfectly necessary) gore, a mindless plot... and Amber Heard. The plot is simple: a man escapes from hell to enact revenge on the men who murdered his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter, and is pursued by a demonic minion who looks a lot like William Fichtner.
Oscars, here we come.
To review Drive Angry on a film's typical merits - acting, writing, plot and even suspense - just wouldn't make sense. Instead, its success boils down to entertainment factor. Drive Angry is entertaining, and gory, and ludicrously stupid. I have no need to ever watch it again, but could if I needed to.
In other words, Drive Angry is surprisingly sufficient. It's not a good movie, per se, but given the pits-of-hell low expectations I had for the movie, it is shockingly... sufficient.
Drive Angry isn't the goriest movie by a long stretch, but director Patrick Lussier (My Bloody Valentine, Dracula 2000) sprinkles the movie with enough wholesome moments to make a grown man giggle. A shot in the third act when Cage drives his car into a crowd of Satan-worshiping fanatics, flattening several people and decapitating another (who knew side mirrors could be so effective?), I sure as hell giggled.
As far as the action goes, Drive Angry has plenty of it. As with the rest of the movie, it's forgettable, but it is watchable. There are enough killings and fights to satisfy B-grade action fans.
Amber Heard - did I mention Amber Heard? - also looks great in the movie, though it's the first film I can remember where she doesn't get naked. There is nudity in the film, but not by her. What gives?
Drive Angry, which is out on Blu-Ray and DVD today, isn't a very good movie. It's stupid and absurd. But given that's exactly what Lussier was shooting for, Drive Angry is oddly alluring.
The Blu-Ray includes an audio commentary and two very brief deleted scenes, as well as in-movie features that I refuse to watch because when I'm watching a movie, I want to watch the movie. End of review. That is all.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.