With the Oscar buzz going this weekend as we all prepare to watch the Academy Awards on my birthday this Monday, I was deemed lucky enough to take in a movie that in no way embodies the stature and grace of the films being honored at this year’s ceremony. Drive Angry 3D is a balls to the wall, explosive knee-capping joyride of fun. Now I know that this movie is not going to be for everyone, especially if you can’t handle hands being blown off with shotguns, knees exploding, and lots of naked women, bur for me scenes in this movie bring back fond memories of little Kevin enjoying the hell out of Robocop and the Terminator.
A vengeful father escapes from hell and chases after the men who killed his daughter and kidnapped his granddaughter.
Now that plot really is all the movie is about, it’s flimsy at best and the writers know this. By time the first line of dialog is spoken by Milton(Nicolas Cage), I and the audience knew the kind of movie this was going to be a great grindhouse movie in quality 3D, with some of the best worst lines I’ve ever heard uttered by A-list actors on film. My personal favorite? “I’d shot you in the throat and watch you gurgle while I eat my grapefruit.”
All the actors in this film do a great job of taking their riddicuos characters seriously enough that with these horrid lines sell some great comedic elements that make this film a must see for any action movie junkie that can love a film that tries to be bad and is all the better for it. The lovely Amber Heard, plays a great hard nosed girl that cares and looks so damn hot on screen. For most that’s reason to see it all-together, but she does a good job of bringing the fun as well as the hot. Billy Burke as satanist cult leader Jonah King is so perfect for his part that I can’t wait to see him again, and of course the best lines in the film are reserved for that bad ass of bad asses William Fichtner, as The Accountant sent from hell to bring Milton back.
The 3D in this film was about what you’d expect from director Patrick Lussier (director of My Bloody Valentine 3D, and the new Halloween III), and together with son Devin C. Lussier they edit together some great car chase/gun battle/crazy shit scenes that made me feel a little dizzy even in the opening shots of the film. So if you get motion sick very easily I’d suggest not watching this in 3D, or at least not the first 5 minutes or so. So how do you know you’ll like this movie, as much as I did? Well I’ve included below, one of the most talked about scenes that was in this film, and I feel it sums up the movie perfectly.
Till next time gang, enjoy your weekend at the box office, and remember if you have to drive, Drive Angry!