Excerpt: Is it me or has Academy Award winning actor, Nicholas Cage, become somewhat of a creepy old man? Don’t answer that just yet. Now let’s take a look back at his career for a second. He’s been in some great and memorable movies and let’s face it – his family is essentially Hollywood royalty (being a “Coppola” does that).
Conclusion: 'Drive Angry,' I wanted to love. Really. I'm a Nic Cage fanatic, and throwing him a bone like this, a role that has no limits, it should have hit me in all the right spots. Instead, I kept my eyes on William Fichtner of 'Prison Break' fame, as his character (and performance) stole the show. Amber Heard...yeah, that was just the cherry on top of the Fichtner awesomeness sundae. Summit's first Blu-ray 3D release is a hit, even if it leaves room for improvement.
REVIEW: Drive Angry 3-D Is Disreputable Fun, Until 3-D Fatigue Sets In
3 July 2011
Excerpt: Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer's exploitation extravaganza Drive Angry 3-D is not recommended for the squeamish, the highly suggestible, or children under 40. It should be OK for everyone else, though, particularly those with a high threshold for disreputability and a fondness for '70s-era drive-in caliber action junk. Its hero, played by Nicolas Cage, is a vigilante from hell; his mission, or at least one of them, is to tell the world to eat his dust.
Excerpt: This current 3D phase doesn’t really do much for me, by and large. It mostly seems like a gimmick from studios to gouge more money out of audience members without providing much of anything in return. Sure, it can be used to enhance an alternate universe (like Avatar) but mostly it’s just being rammed down our throats as some great innovation in filmmaking - all the while actually ignoring innovative filmmaking and filmmakers, with studios churning out a more than fair...
Summary: This movie is never as good as it could or should have been. You have a pretty good cast and a not-so-shabby premise. But the powers that be just couldn’t find a way to put it together. Director Patrick Lussier had too many toys and not enough experience or skill to play with them. The best thing I can say for this movie was the relief I felt when it was over. “Even in Hell there is compassion.
Conclusion: Drive Angry is the reason people make fun of Nicolas Cage and it reminded me a lot of Ghost Rider – another not so good Cage flick. A lot of things bothered me about this movie including the weird accent of the villain. He was odd and creepy and I had a hard time believing he would have had the charm necessary to amass such a following of believers.
Conclusion: Drive Angry is one of those wishy-washy eh, could have been better, could have been worse movies. It's fine for what it is, but at the same time it feels terribly unimaginative. The plot isn't worth the paper it's written on, serving only as a means to an end to get the movie from one action scene to the next.
Excerpt: Cults, angels, satanists, heaven, hell, booze, boobs, and shotguns. Oh, and the most stern MPAA warning ever: “… strong brutal violence throughout, grisly images, some graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language.” That’s Drive Angry . Err, wait, forgot about Nicholas Cage, about the only actor who could fit as a resurrected hell-spawned demon (or something) rampaging through the south, blasting anything that moves.