Nicolas Cage’s new movie Drive Angry is the definition of a wild ride. Cage plays a solemn soul from hell who has returned to this world to avenge the death of his daughter, and rescue his grandchild from a psycho cult leader. Along the way, he meets up with Piper (Amber Heard, Never Back Down), a down-on-her-luck waitress who quits her job, and arrives home to find her boyfriend getting busy with another woman.
Piper’s boyfriend is played by Todd Farmer, who co-wrote the movie with director Patrick Lussier. This is the same duo that brought you My Bloody Valentine 3-D, and you’ll see plenty of similarities between the two films. For example, a naked Todd Farmer and heads getting sliced in two. Drive Angry was also filmed in 3-D, but if you don’t have the TV for it, watching it in straight Blu-ray is nearly as good.
From the first moment of the film, through to nearly the last beat, Milton (Cage), takes out bad guy after bad guy in one gruesome free-for-all after another. It’s violent and it’s gory, but in a cult B-movie kind of way, and that’s what makes Drive Angry work. The film pays homage to those car chase flicks of the 70s, with the lovely Piper holding her own in the fight scenes rather than becoming a wilting damsel in distress. The fact that she fights wearing Daisy Dukes and cowboy boots makes her an irresistible force for men everywhere.
Cage and Heard are a great duo, but William Fichtner (Prison Break) steals the movie as the cold, blank-slate bounty hunter from hell. The movie also stars Billy Burke (Twilight) as the cult leader and My Bloody Valentine’s Tom Atkins.
The best reason to pick up Drive Angry on Blu-ray is Milton’s Mayhem counter, a scoreboard drop-down that awards points every time Milton shoots, hits, or kills someone. It shouldn’t be funny, but it is. You can also watch the movie in “Access” mode, which splits the screen to show scene-specific interviews and trivia along the way. There is also a commentary track (loaded with My Bloody Valentine references) and deleted scenes.
Drive Angry hits stores on Tuesday, May 31 in 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD. The movie is rated R, and does contain a large amount of violence, nudity and foul language. If those elements don’t bother you, then you’ll get a kick out of this supernatural tribute to 70s exploitation films.
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