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In the high-octane, action-adventure DRIVE ANGRY, Nicolas Cage stars as an undead felon who breaks out of hell to avenge his murdered daughter and rescue her kidnapped baby from a band of cult-worshipping savages. Joined by tough-as-nails Piper (Amber Heard), the two set off on a rampage of redemption, all while being pursued by an enigmatic killer (William Fichtner) who has been sent by the Devil to retrieve Milton and deliver him back to hell.
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While the plot is not incredibly complex(man escapes hell to rescue his granddaughter from a cult that plans to sacrifice her), it is enjoyable. Packed full of all the guilty pleasures and soon to be classic one liners, Drive Angry will not disappoint the sinner inside you.
Folks, from beginning to end there is almost not stop gratuitous and graphic violence; some shot well, others not so well. There is also almost nonstop car chases using very pretty classic muscle cars (Think Dukes of Hazard on steroids) which should fulfill the fantasy needs of the little Bubba in all of us. There are a couple of rather vivid and remarkable sex scenes - one of which I have never seen the like before...Cage engages in a gun/saw/shovel/sledge hammer fight with about 6 or 8 guys all while having quite graphic and nonstop sex while at the same time smoking a cigar and drinking from a bottle of whiskey. You know, you just don't see all that many scenes like that these days.
I lost track of the body count in this film rather early on. I lost track of how many ways Cage is able to kill off bad guys. It was rather amazing.
The acting jobs; performances if you will, turned in by the entire cast were marginal at best with Cage included. This film was not his shinning moment in front of the camera. This is okay though, I really don't see how he could have done it any other way. But as with everything, there are exceptions. The actor William Fichtner (one of my favorite character actors) did a pretty darn good job as The Accountant. He is Satan's minion sent back to haul Cage back. He played his part with class and was the one person that added humor to the movie; twisted and quirky humor, I admit, but never-the-less humor. Amber Heard did an acceptable job as the girl friend and is most certainly easy on the eyes. The rest...well, to put it mildly....I have seen better. Now keep in mind that unlike many, I am rather fond of Cage...I have liked most of his movies on one level or another.
There were a few scenes in this work that sort of stood out. One was Cage drinking beer from the skull of the freshly killed bad guy. I thought that added a perfect touch. Of course there was the gun battle scene where Cage is "making love" while killing off quite a number of bubba-boy bad guys and never stopping once. There is the scene where Amber beats up her abusive boy friend in a fist fight which Cage eventually finishes for her and there are a number of scenes featuring The Accountant which will give even the most jaded viewer at least a smirk or two.
Now don't let anyone feed you the line that the only reason they watched this movie was for the artistic and intellectual value involved. Folks, there is none. To make that claim is like the 18 year old telling you that the only reason he reads P. Boy magazine is so that he can read the intellectual articles.
No, every so often a person (anyway, I do) likes to watch show filled with mindless violence, improbably chase and fighting scenes and a hokey plot. You really don't have to think while watching this one...only enjoy the mass destruction.
Note: This is probably not the best first date movie a guy should choose and is not a movie you would want to take the wife, kids and grandma to see.