He’s angry. And he’s got a car. Now it’s time to … drive angry! You can say a lot of things about director Patrick Lussier and writer Todd Farmer’s 3D mayhem extravaganza “Drive Angry”, but you can’t say it doesn’t deliver on what its title promises. There is plenty of driving angrily in “Drive Angry”, arriving on DVD and Blu-ray from Summit Entertainment May 31, 2011.
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.
So I guess the cat’s out of the bag — at least, if you read the synopsis for the movie above. Yes, Nicholas Cage plays a guy in Hell who decides to break out of his inferno prison when his granddaughter, the last remaining tie to his murdered daughter, is absconded with by a bunch of bad dudes led by the baddest dude of them all, Jonah King (Billy Burke), who intends to sacrifice her for some evil deeds and such. Now back on Earth, the recently escaped Milton teams up with wayward Southern gal Piper (Amber Heard), who just had a tiff with her boyfriend and is looking for a new man in her life. She could have picked so much better, but that’s just how our gal rolls. Hell takes jail breaks seriously, though, and soon the unkillable (well, mostly) The Accountant (William Fichtner) is after Milton’s tail.
Patrick Lussier’s “Drive Angry” is 105 minutes of excessive violence, crude language, and exploding cars. In that respect, it’s probably the most honest film of 2011, if not the last few decades. You get exactly what the film promises — no more, no less. Love 3D stuff flying at your face? Check. Love superfluous explosions? Double check. Love Nicholas Cage killing with wanton disregard for good taste? Triple check! If you somehow sought out and saw “Drive Angry” after all the ads and commercials and promotions and came away feeling disappointed, it is entirely your fault, and you are a supreme idiot.
Needless to say, “Drive Angry” is not going to win any awards, unless, of course, someone made up an award for “Most Gratuitous Movie Explosions in a Movie”, or even better, “Hottest Blonde in Daisy Dukes”, then yeah, “Drive Angry” might stand a chance of taking some hardware home. Nicholas Cage does what Nicholas Cage does the way only Nicholas Cage can, but the film’s real highlights are Amber Heard as the tough-talking, asskicking Piper, and William Fichtner as the very cool The Accountant. Billy Burke is appropriately slimy as the bad guy, not to mention totally clueless. Apparently the evil fella has no idea at all how Hell works.
“Drive Angry” is ridiculous and ridiculously fun. Watching the film on DVD or Blu-ray will take away some of its charms — that is, all those explosions and flying car parts in 3D, though I’m sure you can find your way to appreciate shotgun dismemberments, 3D or no. On the other hand, Amber Heard is fetching in any dimension.
Blu-ray Special Features:
- Access Drive Angry: An interactive version of the movie featuring pop-up trivia and cast/crew interviews about certain specific scenes in a PIP in the lower right corner. A timer in the top left corner helpfully counts down to the goodies. It’s actually pretty fun, especially if you’ve already seen the movie.
- Audio Commentary with Filmmakers Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer: If you’re wondering what kind of guys can write/direct a movie like “Drive Angry”, it’s guys like Lussier and Farmer, who provide commentary on the same track. Lussier spends most of the commentary whispering thanks to laryngitis. Of course, that didn’t stop him from dominating it anyway, as directors are wont to do on their movies. While informative (as you would expect with the director on the mic), this wasn’t nearly as fun as the Access Drive Angry interactive interviews, which had some pretty hilarious stuff in them during the Farmer/Lussier segments.
- Deleted Scenes: Just two brief deleted scenes (about 90 seconds total) with optional commentary by Lussier and Farmer. Apparently everything went into the movie except these two scenes, which is pretty amazing for a studio movie.