Drive Angry

PLOT:

John Milton (Nicolas Cage) is an undead felon who has broken out of Hell to avenge his murdered daughter and rescue his baby granddaughter. He must kill Jonah King (Billy Burke), a cult leader who tricked Milton’s daughter into joining his followers in the wake of Milton’s death, only to kill her and her husband and steal their baby daughter to be sacrificed at the full moon in a Satanist ritual to bring hell to earth.

REVIEW:

With all the talk of 3D these days, along comes a film that was actally filmed using the technology, rather than converted after it was finished jst to sap a few extra bucks out of today’s cash strapped audiences.

Now, I didn’t go see Drive Angry in theaters, but I heard that it was worth seeing it on the big screen. Hell, I could even see where some of the 3D moments were by watching the DVD this evening.

One wold assume but watching the trailers for this flick that there is no real plot, bt you’d be surprised to hear there actually is one in amongst all this, even if it isn’t a real deep one.

Basically, a mysterious man is on a mission to find his daughter. As the film progresses, we learn that the man has escaped from hell, and is being pursued by The Accountant, who also wants to make sure that Hell isn’t brought to Earth by this cult leader that killed Milton’s daughter and now has his granddaughter.

The best way to describe this film is that it is Grindhouse:Deathproof mixed with a bit of Ghost Rider and Gone in 60 Seconds. Even saying that doesn’t really help with the explanation of how totally out there this flick truly is, and yet somehow I couldn’t look away.

That doesn’t mean this is a bad flick, but it is the kind of film you have to be into to understand. In other words, it’s the kind of picture that appeals to a certain audience, while the others just turn their noses up at it and call it crap. If you read most of the critics review of this film, then you’ll know what I’m talking about.

The action in the film is awesome, but the effects do leave a bit to be desired. The seemed to be a bit too fake for a film that was released in theaters. Now, if this was something that was shown on Syfy channel, it’d be understandable, but that isn’t the case.

The story isn’t too deep and that suits me just fine. Seriously, if you were looking for some deep, change your life kind of plot, why are you watching a film called Drive Angry?

The cast was ok, no one really stood out, except Billy Burke. You may know him as the dad from those Twilight films. Well, here he plays a totally different character, and I didn’t recognize him until the credits rolled and I saw the name. I guess someone in those movies does have some acting talent after all, they just don’t let him show it.

For those of you horndogs out there, there is a scene you are sure to enjoy with Nic Cage having sex with a totally nude waitress, played by Charlotte Ross, I believe. If you can remember the scene from Shoot ‘Em Up with Clive Owen and the ungodly gorgeous Monica Bellucci, then this is almost the same scene, only he’s clothed and she’s naked. Not a bad little scene, if you ask me.

Drive Angry is one of those films that will probably be in the $5 DVD bin at Wal-Mart before the year is over. However, it is still a genuinely entertaining flick, despite its many shortcomings. I belive this film cold have been much more than what it was, but today’s fickle audiences didn’t take to it, and so it was hurt by poor box office results. Do I think you’ll enjoy it? Well, it all depends on what part of today’s audience you side with. The fickle kind that made this a flop, or the kind that actually watch movies for what they are and not try to find deeper meaning in something that has none.

3 1/2 out of 5 stars

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