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).
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.
Excerpt: Movies that pursue a campy tone always walk a thin line of execution. Play the absurdity just right, and there's a mess of good times to be had. Play silliness too aggressively, and the insincerity burns, making the jesting intolerable. "Drive Angry" belly flops into the latter category, pitching its winky tone to the rafters, making certain everyone in the audience is aware that the filmmaker is in on the joke.
Excerpt: There’s a reason great rock songs aren’t composed entirely of gnarly guitar solos; without any build-up or modulation, all the virtuosity blends into a dull, homogenous mush. Drive Angry is a Steve Vai solo album of a movie, never letting a second pass without asserting its awesomeness, and thus rarely being awesome.
Conclusion: A shambling, ponderous mess that aims to be a trashy cult classic and merely ends up in the trash - Fichtner aside. And, in the biggest disappointment of all, there's not even that much angry driving in it.
Excerpt: Nicolas Cage har inte visat sig på styva linan, enligt min ödmjuka åsikt, sedan öhhh... länge. Några småroliga biroller, men mestadels inget som man kan ta på fullt allvar. Bad Lieutenant hade visst drag i sig, men sådana filmer hör i Cages fall till sällsyntheterna. Inta har bara filmernas nivå sjunkit, Cage har också personligen varit i blåsväder, men å andra sidan, vem i Hollywood är inte det? Cage är dock som en katt.