Drive Angry 3D
Summing It Up:
A vengeful father escapes from Hell and chases after the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.
I might as well preface this write up by letting you know that I love the work of both Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer, the Director and Writer behind Drive Angry. As such, I was very stoked to see the film. In fact, this marks the first 2011 feature that I have actually gone to the multiplex to watch, and I am glad that I did because it's a hell of fun ride (no pun intended).
If you've seen the Directing-Writing team's remake of My Bloody Valentine, then you probably already know that they not only love 80s cinema, but they also know how to effectively use 3D technology as well. This means that the 3D effects in Drive Angry are more than just a gimmick used to increase ticket prices. The gags actually serve a purpose, and they are cool to watch.
The film itself is a pretty crazy ride that only takes the subject matter seriously enough to actually tell story. What this means is that it doesn't pretend to have a deep meaning, and Lussier and Farmer wear their hearts on their sleeves here. To me, it was obvious that they wanted to make a fun, violent, action film that captured the feel of some of their favorite films from the 1980s. Thankfully, they succeeded in just about every way.
Everything about Drive Angry is over-the-top, but it never once feels like a parody. The film unloads with both guns blazing from the minute it opens, and there is hardly a period of more than a few minutes when the shit isn't hitting the fan. Sure there are some moments of exposition, but every one of them is followed by some of the most ridiculously fun set pieces that I've seen in a theater over the past few years.
The film also looks great, sounds amazing, and the performances are very strong. Nic Cage is great as the main character, and fans of his strangely captivating performances shouldn't be let down here. Amber Heard is also surprisingly great (and smoking hot!) as his badass "sidekick," and William Fichtner (who also starred in one of the most criminally underrated and prematurely canceled shows on TV, Invasion) damn near steals the show as The Accountant, one of Satan's minions who is sent to reclaim Cage's character.
The more I reflect on Drive Angry, the more I like it. It's really a shame that it isn't doing so well at the box office, because this is the kind of movie that is actually worth making a trip to the multiplex to watch with a crowd. If you haven't seen it yet, and you're a fan of anyone involved (or of over-the-top 80s Sci-Fi/Action films), then do yourself a favor and go see it before it disappears.
4 out of 5