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Patrick Lussier (The Eye) and Todd Farmer (The Messengers) directed and co-wrote Drive Angry, which stars Nicolas Cage (Ghost Rider) stars as the undead felon, Milton, who breaks out of Hell to even the score with killers who murdered his daughter and kidnapped her baby.
The film also stars Amber Heard (The Stepfather, Never Back Down), William Fichtner (TVâ€™s â€œEntourageâ€), Billy Burke (The Twilight Saga), David Morse (Disturbia) and Tom Atkins (My Bloody Valentine).
The filmmakers responsible for the skin-crawling My Bloody Valentine return to their action-thriller roots in Drive Angry with epic car chases, unbelievable fight sequences, a hero that is part villain and a leading lady that is anything but a damsel in distress.
Drive Angry is part of a fast-growing horror-comedy genre. With amazing Blu-ray Hi-Def visuals and special effects, the grisly violence and heightened sexuality definitely plays out as promised in the film’s R-Rating.
Nicholas Cage plays an undead character similar to the one he played in Ghost Rider. In this film, he has somehow escaped Hell and managed to get away with a “God gun” at the same time.
Initially a campy, horror flick with excessive violence, Drive Angry does settle in to a reasonably smooth flow action-suspense story. Young Amber Heard has a surprisingly nice chemistry with Cage despite their obvious differences. Her accent and some of her poorly developed lines detract from the quality of her acting, but you could surmise that’s not really why she was present in the filming.
Ironically, the most entertaining part of the movie is Fichtner’s role as “The Accountant”. Though his actual identity is never really shared, his role is essentially that of a Devil’s henchman tracking Milton to return him to where he belongs. Similar to the way the Brad Pitt “Death” role in Meet Joe Black (a better move by the way) introduced some quirky, original humor, Fichtner’s unearthly and quite witty portrayal added significantly to the film.
Make no mistake. Drive Angry is not high-class or sophisticated entertainment. If you like grisly violence mixed with a bit of over-the-top sexuality, this is your winner. The plot is modest, the acting is moderate but the synergy of it all is slightly above average.
Drive Angry Blu-ray Special Edition special features include:
MPAA Rating: R
Total Running Time: 104 minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: May 31, 2011
Director: Patrick Lussier
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fichtner, Billy Burke, David Morse and Tom Atkins
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