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Drive Angry (2011)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Patrick Lussier

Starring:
Nicolas Cage/Milton
Amber Heard/Piper
Billy Burke/Jonah
William Fichtner/The Accountant
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PLOT-CRUNCH
A badass (Nicolas Cage) escapes the scorching depths of hell to save his granddaughter from being sacrificed by a Satanic Cult. Armed to the teeth, driving a slick 69 Dodge Charger, and with a hot babe (Amber Heard) having his back…heads are gonna motherf*cking roll!
THE LOWDOWN

Cause I'm a mean motherf*cking man, I gotta scream, that's what I am All the way, all the way Cause I'm a mean motherf*cking man, Riding the wind and know I'll be damned All they way, all the way, all the way – Mean Man by WASP.

Figured that Mean Man by WASP would be an appropriate song to tap-tap my thoughts to, being that Cage is one mean mofo in this flick, so I got it on a loop, lets see how it all turns out. DRIVE ANGRY 3D was just what the panties-less nurse ordered for this mook surviving a tepid year at the movies thus far. It’s not a remake, its not PussyfiedG13, it’s not aimed at little girls or their cookies and it’s not a rip-off. AMEN! Alas, ya know what that usually means… I expect it to make little money. I don’t think mainstream audiences will “get it” and I really hope to be PROVEN WRONG. We’ll see. With that, everybody who loves old school 70's-80’s B Movies and Grindhouse stuff the ones that cranked it up loud and rocked out with their cocks out should lap this one up fervently! DRIVE ANGRY 3D was a rapid fire paced, and at times juvenile (but in a good way) affair that stomped the pedal to the floor and aimed to destroy. And destroy it did. I’m talking crazy/inventive gun fights (ever see a dude mow down a room filled with baddies WHILE drinking JD, chewing on a cigar and nailing some 2 bit hussy? You will now. Awesome!), countless well staged (and non CGI) car chases/crashes, mucho kabooms and enough splatter to make ya tingle all over.

Hookers and hoes to Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier, who went bucks nuts with their screenplay, filling it to the brim with clever (and at times deliciously cheesy) one-liners, whacked out situations and eccentric characters that greased me right. Although Nicolas Cage owned it as the hell bent avenger by perfectly balancing intensity and levity; this was truly Billy Burke’s and William Fichtner’s show. Both men ran with their peculiar roles and I was relishing every micro second of their performances. Fichtner in particular, made every frame he was in his bitch; he was ideal casting to tackle an otherworldly being that plays by his own rules, yup, I couldn’t get enough of his oddball The Accountant character. Shit, I’d be down for a Spin Off with him as the lead! A man can dream. The rest of the cast fared just as well. Amber Heard  handled her “tough chick” persona with oomph, giving the part more depth then there was on the page, fan favorite Tom Atkins made the little screen time he had count (he had me in stitches) while David Morse added a touch of swagger to the proceedings, cause that’s what he does with bit parts; his presence alone classes a celluloid joint up!

Visually; Lussier made sure to have his Wheaties before every day of filming I am sure. Dude doubled down in the crazy angles, slow motion whoring and kinetic camera movements department; and backed by the often heavy metal type music in the house; it all made for a audio/visual treat. Add to all that some gnarly moments of female flesh (with Christa Campbell looking so fine, I almost whipped out the whip cream and a spoon from under my seat) and bang on 3D (this one was shot in 3D, no Post Conversion crud here) that upped the fun factor (loved having bullets whiz by my noggin) and you get an action/horror shindig worth crashing. Any complaints? A couple. For starters the plot was fairly predictable. I knew where this one was going for the bulk of it and that somewhat lessened my involvement in its shenanigans. Moreover some of the characters needed more meat to them (Why is Amber Heard following this crazy dude around again? And no that throwaway “purpose monologue” was not enough to answer that question) and more importantly a bigger reason to be in the mix in the first place. As much as I love David Morse; you could’ve easily removed his character from the story and not much would have been affected. Finally the seldom CGI (ending) was meh and Billy Burke’s knack at being an uber LOUSY shot eventually got on my nerves. The shit his character missed was unbelievable, even by B Movie action cheese standards.

At the end of it all though; DRIVE ANGRY 3D made for a swell shameless sit down. It was loud, brash, dumb, politically incorrect and fun! No romantic romp in a bed laced with rose petals here; it was a cheap, drunken back alley f*ck and proud of it! You down with tapping an easy one! Bend this one over and tell her Arrow sent ya!

GORE
We get lots of blood splats, a severed head, blown off limbs and bullets/sharp objects through the eyes and in the head.
T & A
Christa Campbell and Charlotte Ross gave us some ample T and A. And we got more of that jive plus taxes (twat shots) from some of the female cult members. The ladies get more of that Todd Farmer ass!
BOTTOM LINE
DRIVE ANGRY 3D is this year’s PIRANHA 3D! A B-Movie with a budget! It was a wild throwback to the 70's and the 80’s if I’ve ever clocked one as it echoed films like RACE WITH THE DEVIL, THE WRAITH and more so HIGHWAY TO HELL in its “out there” subject matter, heavy metal music charged soundtrack, tacky one liners, bucket load of gore and bouncing hooters M.O. The storyline was a tad too see through, some characters needed more meat or/and a vaster purpose, the little CGI didn't do it for me and Billy Burke’s character couldn’t shoot Mo'Nique in a cake store; but when it was all over I had a freaking riot with it and with a flick like this, it's all that matters. Now that I think of it, in a way this is a movie that shouldn’t have happened... in terms of the type of opus it is getting so much dough and hitting the big screen… but hey I'm not complaining…. it’s a shot for us die hard genre fans! If it succeeds it may set a precedent for more movies of its ilk (gory, smutty, out of line and amusing) to surface. So go support it in theaters, unless ya want more The Roommate and Beastly type CRAP tossed your way that is….
BULL'S EYE
Much like in MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D, screenwriter Todd Farmer plays a white trash scumbag that gets it good here.

The special effects were created by Gary Tunnicliffe.

The flick was shot in in Minden, Plain Dealing and Shreveport, Louisiana, USA.
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10:51PM on 02/26/2011

LOVED IT!

Drive Angry rocks! Bloody gunfights, bare knuckle brawls, cool car chases, and a badass Nic Cage! Grindhouse+Supernatural=This movie! Too bad it will make very little dough at BO :(
Drive Angry rocks! Bloody gunfights, bare knuckle brawls, cool car chases, and a badass Nic Cage! Grindhouse+Supernatural=This movie! Too bad it will make very little dough at BO :(
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3:41PM on 02/25/2011
This review is pretty much dead on, although it reminded me more of 70s flicks like Race with the Devil but on crack, then it did those 80s flicks. But, either way, it was a bloody, trashy good time and while not perfect, I was entertained. Amber Heard alone was worth the admission.Just good to see these type of flicks being made again.
This review is pretty much dead on, although it reminded me more of 70s flicks like Race with the Devil but on crack, then it did those 80s flicks. But, either way, it was a bloody, trashy good time and while not perfect, I was entertained. Amber Heard alone was worth the admission.Just good to see these type of flicks being made again.
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11:01AM on 02/25/2011

Re-reading my review

I rarely do this, but re-reading my review... I jacked up the rating from 3 to 3.5. That's what it reads like this morning.
I rarely do this, but re-reading my review... I jacked up the rating from 3 to 3.5. That's what it reads like this morning.
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6:56PM on 02/24/2011

Only a 3 out of 4?

Just got back from the cinema having seen this film and thought it was fookin awesome! Wanna go see it again already. Was really glad this film wasn't cut to shreds like a lot of films are nowadays to get the kiddies in and had all its gory bits intact. Everything i ask of a film was here- Muscle cars, guns, Nicholas Cage overacting, full nudity, Nicholas Cage overacting and it was hilarious in places too. William Fichtner stole the show though! Best film i have seen at the cinema in a long
Just got back from the cinema having seen this film and thought it was fookin awesome! Wanna go see it again already. Was really glad this film wasn't cut to shreds like a lot of films are nowadays to get the kiddies in and had all its gory bits intact. Everything i ask of a film was here- Muscle cars, guns, Nicholas Cage overacting, full nudity, Nicholas Cage overacting and it was hilarious in places too. William Fichtner stole the show though! Best film i have seen at the cinema in a long time!
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