Nicholas Cage is on a roll -- of acting in terrible movies! This is Cage's second attempt at a blockbuster hit in 2011. His last one - Season of the Witch - which hit theaters in January, totally bombed. This is an Oscar award winning actor people! What is going on?
Alright, back to the movie.
Drive Angry is a misogynistic flick with one trashy male fantasy after another. There is no substance to this film whatsoever, which I assume is the point, but even so, it's painful to sit through.
At any rate, Drive Angry is a man's dream - the girl's are horny and willing, lots of vintage cars to admire, and explosions at every turn. Perfect place to live out all your fantasies in 2 hours.
The Plot: Milton (Cage) escapes from hell (although filmmakers try to keep this a carefully crafter mystery) to avenge his daughters death and save his granddaughter who is being sacrificed in a Satanist ritual by an evil cult leader (Billy Burke). The cult leader thinks he will live forever if he sacrifices this baby.
Milton arrives in a trashy southern town, where he picks up bad-ass waitress Piper (Amber Heard) who is trying to get away from her cheating, abusive fiance, and they start their journey to Louisiana to save the baby. There's lot of explosions and machine-guns along the way as the two try to evade the cult and law enforcement.
To make their journey even more complication, a supernatural operative of Satan, called the Accountant (William Fichtner) arrives to bring Milton back to hell.
The movie could have been better if director Patrick Lussier included a little bit more of what he (and the movie title, Drive Angry) promises. There aren't that many driving stunt. Most of the film features the cool '69 charger or 454 Chevelle SS driving down the road, with Cage in the driver seat and easy-on-the-eyes Heard riding along as the passenger.
Milton is completely detached from the reason behind his journey. He doesn't seem angry or even remotely emotional about the upcoming sacrifice of his granddaughter. You lose any sense of why he's killing all these people and putting his life? in danger.
The gratuitous sex scenes are a little much, even for this R-rated action flick. There is a scene in the film where Cage is completely clothed and his sexual escapade (Charlotte Ross) is buck naked. Cage is attacked by a group from the evil cult and must fend them off while holding on to the naked waitress. It goes on for far too long and becomes more uncomfortable than entertaining.
The entire dialogue is one awful cliche after another. The film doesn't flow, nor does it seem like Milton and Piper would be having the type of conversations going on throughout the film. The speaking parts are awkwardly delivered and don't add much of anything. More explosions, less talking, please.
Amber Heard does a great job in the film as a trashy waitress. I actually believed she was a trashy waitress, not just acting like one, which says something about her skills. She's perfectly groomed throughout the whole film, even when she's been beaten and attacked, but we'll ignore that completely unrealistic discrepancy because that's the least of this film's problems.
The 3D effects are actually pretty good in the film. They use the explosions and car chases as much as possible to create a great 3D experience for moviegoers. Patrick Lussier sure knows how to use 3D to the greatest advantage and he really did a good job implementing the new technology in a way that not all directors can do.
Drive Angry really doesn't add anything to the world of film, it has terrible diologue, and a horrible plot that doesn't actually come through at all in the less than 2 hour film. You can definitely find some entertainment in the gratuitous explosions and death-defying stunts, but that's about it. Don't expect anything else from this flick.
If you're a car-loving, fantasy-driven guy who wants to escape life for a couple hours and watch an action-packed movie - this one's for you!