Sunday, June 26, 2011

Drive Angry - Without the 3D Please!

Ever since Planet Terror and Death Proof, I've been dying for some more contemporary Exploitation Cinema. Luckily we've been blessed with Machete and Hobo With A Shotgun, but I'm still waiting for Thanksgiving and Werewolf Women of the SS. But in the meantime, although not part of the "Grindhouse Branding," Patrick Lussier's 2011 film Drive Angry provides a wild ride of cars, sex, guns, and a touch of the supernatural.

Milton (played by Nicolas Cage) is a perplexing man on a mission to rescue his dead daughter's baby from a crazy Satanic cult. Although he is quick with a gun and cool with the women, he doesn't have any wheels to chase after the bad guys... until he meets Piper (played by Amber Heard), the hot blond with a Dodge Charger. Adding to the cat and mouse games, a mysterious man called The Accountant (played by William Fichtner) is after Milton to collect his soul. With dark forces and bullets surrounding his goal, will Milton be able to save his granddaughter?

This flick is filled with intense action. I was on the edge of my seat when Cage was rescuing Heard in the Charger while she was to struggling to stay alive on a speeding RV with nothing but her bare hands. And you couldn't help but be mesmerized when Cage is unloading bullets into lowlifes whilst banging a waitress. Although I was not expecting a supernatural element to the film, it was a nice twist that added more depth to the film. With a gun called the "God Killer" and Fichtner's enigmatic, yet likable character The Accountant, this movie takes you to Hell and back.

Overall, I really enjoyed this film. It provides mindless entertainment with mind-blowing action. My only complaint of the film is the 3D effects. They were unnecessary, looked fake, and added no value to the film. This is just another example of Hollywood being greedy with their money. With all hokey effects aside, Amber Heard more than makes up for the mistake. Me being a fan of brunettes, she is a blond I wouldn't mind seeing in the back of my Charger or Chevelle someday...

So on Death List Five, Drive Angry ranks #3.

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